Y Swim Lessons teach life-saving skills, develop self-esteem, and create positive experiences that last a lifetime. 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
  • Develops a lifelong love of swimming
  • SwimWins communication tool for parents
  • Trained and caring instructors

*Winter Swim Lessons run January 6 - February 3. Spaces are limited. Find a swim stage appropriate for you below and sign up by January 12.

*Please note that lesson offerings vary across the Gateway Region YMCA association.

Parent & Child Swim Lessons

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness. Parents learn about water safety and drowning prevention.


Children learn water safety, basic swimming competency, and progress through levels as they develop skills.

School Age

Students learn personal water safety, achieve basic swimming competency, and progress to learn about the four competitive swimming strokes.

Teen & Adult

Teens and adults can choose from different levels of classes, beginning with water safety and swimming competency, to building and refining swimming stroke techniques.

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
  • Receive certifications of achievement after completing a swim stage
  • Available on Apple or Android