There is no organization more qualified in swim instruction than the Y, who invented group swim lessons in 1903. The Y teaches water safety, a critical life-saving skill for all children and adults, and how to swim. These skills builds confidence and makes it possible to safely enjoy pools, water parks and the outdoors.


Use the interactive form below to find the swim lesson appropriate for your swimmer's age and skill level.

You're ready for Parent/Child Swim Lessons!

The parent/child swim program introduces infants and toddlers to the joys of swimming for the first time under the care and love of their parents. As a parent, you will learn about the importance of supervision, water safety and how to encourage and guide your child to become more more familiar with being in the water.

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You're ready for Adult Swim Lessons!

Our adult swim lessons provide a place for adults and teens ages 14 and older to learn how to swim in a friendly small-group setting. Students come from all walks of life—from young parents to high school students to retirees.

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Your Level is Stage 1: Water Acclimation

In stage 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

Your Level is Stage 2: Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

You're ready for Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

You're ready for Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Swim Lessons Stage 4

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and they learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

You're ready for Stage 5: Stroke Development

Swim Lessons Stage 5

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

You're ready for Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

Swim Lessons Stage 6

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Wow, what a swimmer!

Based on your answers, your swimmer has already mastered the skills taught in our most advanced group swim lessons class. We encourage you to consider participating in a YMCA youth swim team. Or contact the Aquatics Director at your local Y to ask about additional swimming instruction opportunities that may be available to you.

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At the Y, people of all ages learn fundamental swimming skills from our nationally certified instructors, while fostering a life-long appreciation for physical activity and wellness.

Once you've found your swim lesson level, register in person or online. 

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Swim Lesson Success

“My son has learned so much since starting swim lessons – not only about how to swim, but how to focus on the task at hand and work with others. The Y instructors are kind, courteous, patient and interact with a good attitude and a smile. What I enjoyed the most from the instructors is that they keep calm, even when the children are not at their very best.”

- Parent of Swim Lesson Participant