At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill — not just a sport, hobby, or form of exercise.
When you learn to swim, you gain confidence, acquire safety/rescue skills, and experience water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Throughout all stages, we teach students how to be safer and more comfortable in the water.
The YMCA has long been America’s favorite swimming instructor. Whether they’re just learning how to swim, improving strokes, or taking water exercise classes, members are in safe hands with our certified swimming instructors and lifeguards.
The aquatics programs at the Y are about more than just the techniques and skills; they are about building friendships, developing self-esteem and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime. Many of our locations offer indoor and outdoor pools, providing aquatics opportunities all year long.
Safety Around Water Drowning Prevention
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury. It's a necessity. The Y opens up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely. Learn more about our drowning prevention program.