Swim Lessons

The YMCA is a national leader in swim instruction and water safety. YMCA aquatics programs are designed to teach personal water safety and swimming skills to everyone. Our instructors are nationally certified in aquatic safety and swim instruction.

Classes arrange swimmers broadly into age groups and then by skill level as kids progress through the instruction program. Our progressive-swim instruction method uses a problem-solving, guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive, caring environment.

Learn more about Swim Lessons or find your Y branch to get started.

Swim Teams

Joining a swim team develops confidence and self-discipline in kids. Besides learning new skills, kids build camaraderie and enjoy the challenge of racing in the pool.

Y swim teams emphasize the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. Our swim coaches strive to offer a well-rounded, values-centered program for every level of swimmer.

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Safety is our highest priority

Adult Supervision of Children

Adult supervision of kids is really important to us, because it allows our lifeguards and aquatic safety staff to focus on the water, keeping everyone safe. Any child under the age of 9 who is not accompanied by an adult (wearing a bathing suit) during recreational swim time will not be permitted in the pool.

Swim Testing

Any swimmer under 18 years of age must take 1 of the 2 swim tests during recreational swims. Adults may be asked to take a swim test at the lifeguard’s discretion.

Deep End Test

  1. Swim one length of the pool or equivalent.
  2. Tread water without touching the pool sides & bottom for 1 minute.
  3. Deep Water Plunge: Swimmer must jump into the deep end and recover to the surface.

Shallow Water Test

  1. Float on back and roll to front.
  2. Recover from floating position to standing position.

Swimmers who cannot pass either test or refuse to take either test will be issued a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Parents with multiple children may work/play with children within arm’s reach if they are 1:1.

Swimmers will be issued a wrist band designating the area in which they may swim. (Red – shallow with PFD, Yellow – shallow PFD not required, Green – access to all areas).