Swim Lessons

For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y Swim Instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swimmers will follow a skill continuum with clearly defined stages of progress, allowing them to easily flow from one skill to the next.

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Swim Starters

Accompanied by a *parent, infants and toddlers learn swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building aquatic experiences.

*At the Y, we know families take a variety of forms. As a result, we define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship. 

Teen & Adult Swim Lessons

The YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe in and around water. Teen and Adult lesson are designed for those ages 12 and older and follow Stages 1 – 6.

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Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are a great option for swimmers looking to catch up or get ahead. These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or master swimming skills. The student works with the instructor to determine individual goals and the best way to reach them. 

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Please note that lesson offerings vary across the Gateway Region YMCA association. Contact your Y’s Aquatic Director for more information or look online here.