Swim Lessons

Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The Y offers swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, community swim, private lessons, and a summer time adaptive swim program for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.
At the Y, we have a passion for teaching children to learn to swim, are committed to giving the entire community opportunities to use the pool for fun and exercise, and are the local swimming and teaching experts.

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active along with developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives.  Group lessons are the ideal fit for your child to start learning to swim and to make new friends.  The Y Aquatics program believes children can build character while they learn to swim and we believe this opportunity should be available to anyone.  Preschool lessons are limited to 5 participants to each class and Youth lessons are limited to 6 participants per class.



Where Did All the Fish Go? Changes to Y Swim Lessons.

As “America’s Swim Instructor”, the Y has been teaching kids how to be safe around water for decades.

Beginning October 2018, we’ll be making some changes to our swim lesson structure to simplify and more accurately describe skill levels.

What is different?

We’re making two key changes to swim lessons:

Name changes: Lesson names are changing to stages that better reflect the skills learned and we’re moving away from the identifying fish levels. Visit your local Y for more information and a detailed guide on which stage is appropriate for your children. When registering in September for October sessions, these changes will be reflected both on the website and if signing up at your local branch.

Curriculum changes: We’re also changing the curriculum to better serve different learning styles of our youth participants. We’ve simplified the structure by focusing on benchmark skills and goals in each stage. Students progress from fundamentals to stroke technique over 6 distinct stages.

Swimming lessons are essential for kids to become safe around water, and learn to set and achieve goals. We’re looking forward to launching this new swim lesson structure and helping many more young people build swimming confidence.

It’s never too late to learn to swim!  At the Y, we know how important it is for water lovers of all ages to have the life-saving ability to swim. If you do not know how to swim, take this opportunity to be an example to your children! Contact the Y to make arrangements for your swim lessons today.


Every child deserves the opportunity to learn how to swim.  Our inclusive Summer Otter Program is designed for swimmers with special needs and their siblings.  There is a small swimmer-to-teacher ratio for children to learn basic swimming skills while having fun!

For more information on our Swim Lesson programs:
call 360 336 9622 or email
Aquatic Director Justin Davies