Swim at the YMCA

Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Join us to swim laps, swim with your family or exercise with others who enjoy being in the water. We offer group and private swim lessons for all ages beginning at 6 months, competitive swimming and swim coaching in addtion to group aqua exercise. Our heated, indoor pools are open year-round for you to enjoy.


Click the location below to see current aquatic offerings:

young girls and boy smiling in the Y pool for swimming lessons

Swim Lessons

The YMCA has been America’s leading swim instructor for more than 100 years.

We’ve recently changed our swim lesson structure to simplify and more accurately describe skill levels. What is different?

Name Changes
Lesson names are changing to stages that better reflect the skills learned and we’re moving away from the identifying fish levels. The aquatics director at your Y will help you determine which stage is appropriate for your children.

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.​​​​​​​

Benefits of Swimming

Swimming lessons are essential for kids to become safe around water. It also helps them learn to set and achieve goals while keeping them active in a social setting.


Pool Rules

  1. Lifeguard on duty has final authority on all rules and safety regulations for the entire pool area.
  2. Any non-swimmer 10 years old or younger needs to be actively supervised, within an arm’s reach of an adult.
  3. No running, pushing, shoving, or rough play allowed in the pool or on the pool deck.
  4. No diving is allowed in the shallow end of the pool and in other areas where “NO DIVING” indicated.
  5. Intentional hyperventilation or extended breath holding activities are dangerous and prohibited.
  6. Persons having a contagious disease or open wounds are prohibited from using the pool.
  7. Do not swim if you are ill with diarrhea or have had diarrhea within the past two weeks.
  8. Diaper changing on the deck is prohibited.
  9. No food or beverages are allowed in the pool area; water must be in a plastic container.
  10. No glass items in the pool area.
  11. Proper swimming attire required in the pool.

*See our YMCA Member Handbook for complete set of pool area rules.

For the safety of all swimmers:

  • Do not enter the pool if you suspect you have or have a communicable disease or an open cut or blister.
  • Wear family appropriate and clean swim attire only. No underwear, cut-offs, or dirty/sweaty attire allowed. See Swim Attire Description below.
  • Shower, using warm water and soap, before entering the pool or after use of toilet facilities.
  • Children in diapers must wear a reusable plastic pant with snug elasticized legs and waistband.
  • Diving is prohibited in water less than 5 feet deep. Please pay attention to markings on the pool deck.
  • Spitting, spouting water from mouth or blowing the nose in the pool is prohibited. This includes no spitting or blowing water through water noodles.
  • No extended breath-holding or hyperventilation activities are allowed.
  • Only U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejackets and wearable foam flotation devices are allowed. Users must remain within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • No inflatable items of any kind are allowed in the pool. This includes water wings and rings.
  • Do not bring food, drink, gum or tobacco into the pool area.
  • Glass and breakable items are prohibited in the pool area.

Swim Attire

  1. Clothing may be worn over a swimsuit if it is clean and family appropriate.
  2. Clothing must be rinsed off thoroughly in the shower before entering the water.
  3. Children in diapers must wear reusable plastic pants with elasticized legs and waistband.

You’ll find a pool schedule for your YMCA branch on your location’s schedule page listed below:

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