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Swim Lessons and Aquatic Fitness in St. Louis & Southwest Illinois

Swimming is a life skill, great exercise, and a challenging sport. Whether you’re looking for swim classes for your kids, want to learn water safety, or enjoy swimming as a form of exercise, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Y.

Inclusion Services
The Y provides inclusive programming and reasonable accommodations for all our program participants.  If you or your loved one has a disability and would like to participate in our swimming programs, please contact your local Aquatics Director. We also offer 1:1 instruction for developmental disabilities.

Modest Swimwear Guidelines
Please View the YMCA's guidelines for modest swimwear.

Just how common is drowning?

Did you know that 2 kids die each day from drowning? It's the second leading cause of death for kids ages 5 – 14. Learn more about safety around water. Drowning IS preventable! The Gateway Region YMCA is here to help.

Learn more about water safety!

Water Safety: Ready Set Save
Water Safety Tips

Drowning Facts
Choosing a Life Jacket