Swimming is a life skill, great exercise and a challenging sport. The Y strives to help all ages learn how to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for healthy living.

  • Promotes happiness
  • Relieves stress
  • Safe form of exercise
  • Total body workout

Swimming categories

Swimming categories


We're excited to announce that Gateway Region YMCA pools are currently open for lap swimming, water walking, water exercise classes and limited family rec swim!

Available times and space is limited. Y members, ages 13 and older, must reserve space in a Lap Lane up to 48 hours in advance. If you have not already signed up for your virtual Y account, please fill out this form. Download the Gateway Region Y mobile app on Apple or Android devices.

Group Swim Lessons

Y Swim Lessons teach life-saving skills, develop self-esteem, and create positive experiences that last a lifetime. We're excited to be able to offer group swimming lessons.
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Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

A Y certified Swim Instructor could be just what you or your child needs to become comfortable in the water. Private lessons are designed to fit your specific goals and offer the flexibility that a busy schedule needs. Receive 1:1 instruction or bring a swim partner for 1:2 instruction.

Water Exercise Classes

Utilize the resistance and buoyancy of the water to improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility. Instructors lead small groups through water choreography and resistance exercises. Swimming ability is not needed for all of our water exercise classes. Browse a sampling of our classes or check the schedule at your local Y and drop into a class today!

Competitive & Specialty Swimming

The Y is proud to offer specialty swim classes for both youth and adults and across abilities. You can learn how to refine your stroke technique or just experience a great workout in the pool.

Work In Aquatics

Looking for a great summer job or career as a lifeguard or swim instructor? The Y offers lifeguarding and swim instructor certification courses and has open positions throughout the Gateway Region YMCA.

Outdoor Pools & Water Parks

School is out and swimming is in! The Gateway Region YMCA proudly features five outdoor pools, including the Carondelet Park Rec Complex, the O’Fallon Park Rec Complex, New Baden Legion Memorial Pool, and the Red Bud City Pool. Have some summer fun with the family and beat the heat this summer.

Aquatic Guidelines and Policies

Please review our aquatic guidelines and age requirements before coming for a swim!

Refund policy:
We hope you do not need to cancel. If you do, please note these policies:

  • Any cancellation made prior to the registration deadline will receive 100% refund.
  • Cancellations received after the registration deadline will be subject to a $15 fee.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after two weeks into the program.