Rye YMCA Blog

Summer Programs

Click here to view summer program brochure.
Program registration starts for Members on June 6 at 6am online except youth aquatics classes.  Drop off youth aquatics form by 6/5 for lottery.
Click here for registration form. Non-Member Registration starts June 8.

Click here for SUMMER CAMP

May is National Water Safety Month


 Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives; it builds confidence. 

  • Research shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children 1 to 4 years of age.
  • Participation in swimming helps teach children at a young age to strive for physical achievement.
  • Water safety and swim lessons promote a lifelong enjoyment of swimming, encourages healthy living and the prevention of chronic diseases.
  • Learning to enjoy activities in and around the water nurtures social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.

 The Rye Y is committed to giving our surrounding communities the tools needed to be safe around water through various programs such as:

  • Safety Around Water : Free for non members and members
  • Swim Lesson Program for children and adults
  • Competitive and Non Competitive Swim Team
  • Water Safety Workshops in local community schools for grades Pre K-5  grade
  • Community Water Safety Workshops at various times through the year

In Safety Around Water, kids learn what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.

  • Children learn fundamental water safety skills that include the concepts of reach, throw, don’t go; what to look for in a safe place to swim.
  • Jump/Push/Turn/Grab teaches a child to push off the bottom of the pool as they are submerging to get back up to the surface while turning to grab the side of the pool.
  • Swim/Float/Swim teaches children to swim a short distance on their front, roll over onto their back to rest, and then roll on their front to continue swimming to safety.

Click here to view a video  about the Rye YMCA Safety Around Water program.

Join us for our upcoming Safety Around Water Workshop June 19-22.  Limited availability, register now!

Ages 3-5, 4:00-4:30pm:  Click here to register.

Ages 6-9, 4:20-5:00pm:  Click here to register

YMCA Swim Lessons

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.

  • The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909).
  • Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.
  • As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools.
  • Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.
  • In addition to water safety and swim lessons, the Y is a leader in competitive swim, and has been for more than 100 years when the first national YMCA swimming records were filed in 1907. 

Y Swim Lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve.

  • The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates students of varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels.
  • Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace.
  • This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

Through competitive aquatics programs, participants experience achievement, feel a sense of belonging and build supportive relationships. 

  • Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.
  • Swimming also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing. 

The Rye Y will be hosting a Water Safety Workshop to give families the opportunity to learn more about being safe in and around the water as we approach the summer months! This 2 hour special workshop will be classroom and pool based to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to practice water safety together. Please make note that children must be accompanied by a caregiver to attend the event. This workshop is designed for parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc. that would like to learn more about how they can be safe around water.

Saturday, May 12 from 2:00-4:00pm

Pre-registration is required, spots are limited.  Click here to register.

The Rye Y is also committed to the safety of all of our patrons through various trainings for our Aquatics staff!

  • All lifeguards are certified in American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid
  • Various opportunities for training throughout the year
  • Required in service trainings


Changes Coming – Safety First!

Safety is the #1 reason why every person entering the Rye Y must CHECK IN.

Everyone entering the Y MUST check in at the Member Services Desk.

ALL members must check in using their membership card, the Rye Y app or last name.
ALL others must check in using a sign-in sheet.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone at the Rye Y safe!
Click below to download our free mobile app:
iPhone users – Download on the App Store
Android users – Get it on Google Play
Member Services staff will help you enter your membership barcode in the app.


Pre-School Enrichment Program

Registration now open
In Person only

The Rye Y is launching a new Pre-School Enrichment Program for children 3-5 years old in September. Participants may choose between a morning or afternoon program on Tuesdays and Thursdays (2 day) or Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (3 day). All participants must be potty trained. Weekly activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Enrichment
  • Movement
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Cooking

Morning and afternoon participants registered for transportation will be bussed to/from Christ Church Nursery School (CCNS). Participants not being bussed will be picked up/dropped off by parent or guardian at the Rye YMCA. Bus seating is limited to 19 registered participants to/from CCNS on a  first come, first serve basis.

Session A (September 12-January 25)
2 day AM or 2 day PM -Tues & Thurs
Family: $2160; Youth: $2376; Non-Member: $2592
Add-on transportation: $180

3 day AM or 3 day PM – Mon, Wed & Fri
Family: $3240; Youth: $3564 Non-Member: $3888
Add-on transportation: $270

Rye Y staff are selected for their strong character, maturity, enthusiasm and commitment to the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Staff are First Aid and CPR certified and undergo a rigorous hiring process including multiple references and a background check. Upon hire, all staff must complete several child abuse and safety trainings. Safety is our first priority.

Click here to view a flyer with sample schedules and details.
Click here for printable registration form


Spring 2018 Program Registration

Session 4 Program registration has started. Programs start April 8.
Click here to register  Please register for youth aquatics classes in person. Click here to view program guide

Join Us for Community Service at Rye Nature Ctr!

The Rye Y’s Togetherhood Committee is teaming up with Friends of the Rye Nature Center for a family-friendly day of service in the woods. Enjoy a morning of outdoor planting on Saturday, April 14, 10 am – Noon. For ages 5 and up. Click here for details and to sign up.  For more information, contact Denise Woodin.

Derby Goes Green

The Rye Derby turns 30 this year and to celebrate, we’re going green!

Caring for our planet makes perfect sense when you consider the Y’s three focus areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

By going green, we’re taking steps to protect our children’s future. We’re supporting clean air and water for all. And we’re taking a stand for our earth…the only home we have.

This year, you’ll see significant changes at the Rye Derby and Healthy Kids Day (Sunday, April 29).

  • We’re eliminating disposable plastic water bottles. Runners and others are encouraged to bring their own re-usable water bottles. Water will also be provided from re-usable jugs, served in compostable cups.
  • Food waste and cups will be composted. All items that can be recycled will be. Visit the Zero to Go stations and learn about waste reduction, recycling and composting!
  • We’re eliminating balloons. They tend to escape, ending up on land or in waterways where they pose a choking hazard to wildlife.
  • We’re eliminating the disposable plastic tablecloths that would just end up in landfills. Instead, we’re using cloth tablecloths.

Derby Goes Green is a Rye YMCA initiative that is supported by a dedicated team of community volunteers. The Derby Goes Green Committee is:

  • John Borchert, Rye Middle School science teacher
  • Lori Fontanes, Rye Y Cross District Wellness Committee
  • Sara Goddard , Rye City Council Member, Rye Sustainability Committee
  • Melissa Grieco, Chairperson, Rye Sustainability  Committee, triathlete
  • Kerry Linderoth, Director of Sustainability, Rye Country Day School
  • Anne Mottola, school garden consultant, graphic designer
  • Lyell Lewis, Rye YMCA
  • Susan Olson, Rye YMCA
  • Denise Woodin, Rye YMCA

Derby Goes Green is made possible through the generous support of the following local businesses and organizations:

  • The Granola Bar, Rye
  • Green Jay Landscaping
  • The Pearl Restaurant Group
  • Rye Country Day School
  • Rye Teacher’s Association



Caring for Kids Together

Join the Rye Y’s Togetherhood Committee for a Children’s Clothing Drive and Day of Service at The Sharing Shelf.

There are three ways to help:

1)      Bring new or gently used SEASONAL  (winter/spring) clothing for babies,  children and teens (to age 17) to the Rye Y lobby between Monday, Feb. 5 and Friday, Feb. 9.

2)      Help promote this drive to Y members, receive donations and help empty the collection bin. Various shifts on Monday, Feb. 5- Friday, Feb. 9

3)      Join us at The Sharing Shelf on Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to sort, fold and organize clothing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  For ages 12+. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.