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The Y strives to help all ages learn how to swim, from infants to adults, we're teaching a necessary life-long skill. Our trained swim instructors and certified lifeguards focus heavily on safety in and around the water as a part of the Y's movement to prevent drowning.

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. Click here to learn more. Drowning IS preventable! The Gateway Region YMCA is here to help.

Water Safety: Ready Set Save
Water Safety Tips 

Drowning Facts
Choosing a Life Jacket

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 Sherri Rocklage at (314) 678-0162 or We also offer 1:1 instruction for developmental disabilities.

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