Through swim lessons, aquatic fitness classes, and other programs, YMCA Aquatics offers you and your family many ways to make a splash.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer, you can gain the skills and confidence you need to stay safe and enjoy the pool.

To learn more about YMCA Aquatics programs near you, visit the website of your local YMCA. 


YMCA Swimming Lessons

Generations of children have learned to swim at the Y. Knowing how to swim can save your life — or even someone else's. Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons develop lifelong skills to help you be safe in and around the water.

The YMCA has developed three nationally accredited swimming programs to help children progress through the skills required to become proficient swimmers.

Preschool Swim Lessons


Introduces children 6 months to 5 years old to the water and teaches foundational skills.

Learn to Swim Lessons


For children 6-12 years old to continue to develop their swimming skills.

Star Program Lessons


For children who have completed the Learn to Swim program to develop more advanced skills.

Aquatic Certifications


Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities through our YMCA Aquatic Certifications programs.

Certification as a lifeguard or swimming instructor can lead to employment opportunities at the YMCA and elsewhere. You'll also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.

Explore the certification programs that can be found at many local YMCAs. *Programs vary by location and may not be available in all areas.