Swim lessons at the Y focus on learning vital water safety skills and stroke development through a progressive swim lesson curriculum. We're proud to offer a variety of swim lessons for people of all ages and abilities, both in group and private settings.

  • Small class ratios
  • Emphasizes water safety skills
  • SwimWins communication tool for parents
  • Trained and caring instructors



Swim Lessons Modified for Safety

The safety of our swim lesson families is our number one priority. We are following guidance from the CDC, public health officials and the St. Louis Medicine COVID-19 task force to ensure that our children can participate in aquatic programs modified for their safety. A few of the changes planned are smaller class ratios, lessons scheduled not to overlap, and equipment disinfected with EPA certified product between each use.

*Swim lesson offerings vary by branch.

Spring Swim Lessons

Session Dates: March 1 - April 25

Y Member Registration Opens January 11 • Non-Member Registration Opens January 18


Parent & Child Swim Lessons

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers (6 months - 3 years) learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness. Parents learn about water safety and drowning prevention.


Children (ages 3-5) learn water safety, basic swimming competency, and progress through levels as they develop skills.

School Age

Students (ages 5-12) learn personal water safety, achieve basic swimming competency, and progress to learn about the four competitive swimming strokes.

Teen & Adult

Teens and adults (ages 13 and older) can choose from different levels of classes, beginning with water safety and swimming competency, to building and refining swimming stroke techniques.
private lessons

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Group lessons aren't for everyone, and that's okay! One-on-one time with a YMCA swim instructor might be just what you need. Semi-private lessons are also available for two students who would like to work with one instructor.

Stay Connected with SwimWins

SwimWins gives you access to real time information about your Y Swim Lessons! What’s at your fingertips:

  • Notifications and communication tools
  • Class schedules
  • Track skills learned
  • Available on Apple or Android