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Contact Lior Harpaz 718-268-5011 ext. 502

We are very excited about all of the improvements at Central Queens Y, and are sure that you will be too!

For a copy of our Current Pool Schedule, please click here!

Please click here for Spring 2017 Swimming Classes.

For a copy of our Current Program Guide, click here.

*The Official Try-Outs and beginning of the 2017/18 season for the Competitive, Non Competitive and the Dolphins Swim Teams will be on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
We have not yet completed the pricing for the upcoming season. All necessary forms and information for all the Swim Teams will be given out at this Try-Outs. For more information please call 718-268-5011 ext. 502.

Congratulations to Robert Wozniak for being the first Swimmer in CQY Aquaflames history to qualify for the Zone Championships!  This is the third highest ranking competition in the United States, and an amazing accomplishment.


The Health & Fitness Aquatics Department of the Central Queens YM & YWHA Swim Program would like to thank you for choosing our swim center. We take pride in our program and strive to make your time here a pleasant and rewarding experience. Our 25 yard, four lane pool offers lap swimming, swim team training, private or group classes for ages infant through adult. The temperature is kept at a comfortable 84 degrees. Our American Red Cross swimming program ranks amongst the most advanced in aquatic education available. Our entire team of instructors have completed rigorous training and are certified by the American Red Cross. There are five levels in our program, offering a wide variety of activities. Following the fourth or fifth level the swimmer may join our Aquaflames Swim Team. We make learning to swim fun! All of our swim classes offer a 1 to 4 student to instructor ratio.

If you have any questions about these guidelines and policies, please Contact Us!

Many people ask us how they should prepare and  what items they should bring with them to their lessons

  • Swimsuit (one piece for females) 
  • Towel
  • Swim cap (required)
  • Goggles (strongly recommended) – They provide comfort to children fearful of putting their faces in the water, a major component to learning how to swim.


Parents may view the first and the last session of the semester only. Once your child's class begins, please leave the pool area. This creates a much better learning environment. Onlookers create a distraction for your child as well as the instructors. We strive to minimize the distraction so your child is able to focus and learn more efficiently. This policy does not apply to those classes where parents are in the water with their child. Please do not allow your child to enter the pool area until it is time for class to begin and there is an instructor in the water. Each participant is allowed only one make-up per semester. A make-up class will be available upon request only and it must be completed before the end of the semester. If you are unable to make up the class for reasons beyond our control, we will not be held responsible. Make-ups will not be carried forward into a new semester. If after payment you are absent or unable to participate due to extreme circumstances a doctor's note is required upon return.


For the parents of children taking lessons:
All parents are required to take off their shoes when bringing their children onto the pool deck. The children are barefoot and we strive to keep the pool deck clean and sanitary.

  • Enter and exit the pool from the locker rooms ONLY.
  • Children 5 years and up should use gender appropriate locker rooms. If you are not comfortable sending your child into the locker room alone, please change them in the bathroom on the Pool deck.
  • Every child over five years of age must wear a swimming cap. Hair should be kept out of the child's face.
  • There is no eating in the pool area. Do not allow your child to chew gum in the pool, as it is a chocking hazard.
  • If your child has a fever or contagious disease, please do not bring them to class.
  • Children should use the restroom BEFORE class.

As they do in every area of development, children progress at their own rate. Please do not compare your child's progress with that of other children. The length of time it takes a child to learn to swim varies. It greatly depends on age, level of maturity and fitness. A child is not likely to learn to swim in one session. Students are constantly being evaluated to determine proper group placement and may be moved at any time during the session. We do our best to maintain instructor consistency for our swimmers; however, extenuating circumstances may make it necessary for an instructor to be changed during the session. We will do everything possible to make the transition smooth. We cannot guarantee that your child will always have the same instructor from session to session. Thank you for your cooperation and have a great season.


  • Before first class is held, 90% refund, less $20 administrative fee.
  • After first class is held, 50% refund of remaining unused portion of payment, less $20 administrative fee.
  • $10 non-member fee is non-refundable.

End of Summer Swim Lessons (August 21 - August 25)

Brush–up on your swimming skills or get more comfortable in the water at the Central Queens Y's Swim Week, for children ages 3-12 years old, running from Monday, August 21 through Friday, August 25. This intensive program offers 45 minutes of swimming instruction per lesson with personal attention by top level, experienced teachers.

This program offers four different levels:
- Level 1 (3:45pm to 4:30pm) is for first time swimmers or children who are fearful of the pool. Some of the skills they'll be taught include safety, floating, bubbles, kicking and arm action.
- Level 2 (4:30pm to 5:15pm) is for children who are comfortable putting their face in the water. Some of the skills they'll be taught include gliding, kicking and crawl stroke.
- Level 3 (5:15pm to 6:00pm) is for more advanced children, who will learn rotary breathing, backstroke & water safety skills, as well as improve on skills in level 1& 2.

The price for a full week is $95 for members, and $110 for non members. Space is limited.

For more information or to reserve your child's spot, please call 718-268-5011 ext. 502