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Swim Lessons

Fall program registration now open!

At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for everyone, regardless of your age. We offer a diverse array of swimming programs for all ages, levels and needs. And the best news? Y memberships are all-inclusive and include swim lessons*!

The Y Difference

At the Y, we know that people learn at different paces — that’s why we offer the YMCA Canada continuous swim model. With our model, swimmers progress at their own pace, without the pressure of completing levels within the “typical” lesson time frame and we provide continuous feedback to build positive, encouraging relationships between the instructor, swimmer and families.

  •  Find Your Swim Level: Not sure what level to enroll your swimmer in? Complete this short questionnaire to see the recommended level for your child.

 

  • Preschool Swim Lessons - Registered
  • Li'l Dippers - Parented (3-36 months)

    Beginner level swimmers will improve body awareness and motor skills as they attempt front floats, back floats, splashing, blowing bubbles and jumping into the water. With their adult caregiver by their side, they will become comfortable with movement in the water.

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    • To ensure as many children as possible have an opportunity to participate, there is a limit of one class per child per session
    • Swim diapers are mandatory for children who are not potty trained
    • Member-exclusive but excludes Family Casual

    Click here to check out our program days, times and locations.

  • Li'l Dippers (3 & 4 yrs)

    Preschoolers will be introduced to swim movement skills, gain independence, develop a sense of comfort and confidence in the water and learn basic water safety.

    Click here to check out our program days, times and locations.

  • Li'l Dippers (4 & 5 yrs)

    Swimmers will be introduced to swim movement skills, gain independence, develop a sense of comfort and confidence in the water and learn basic water safety. Swimmers will be challenged to swim independently, learning the skills to help them swim to safety should an accident occur and prepare them for stroke development.

  • Youth Swim Lessons - Registered
  • Learn to Swim: Otter & Seal (6-12 yrs)

    In Otter, students develop comfort in the water and will work toward underwater exploration. Swimmers will learn basic water safety and how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

    In Seal, swimmers are comfortable in the water and will work toward increasing their skills by learning how to properly kick and roll in the water. Swimmers will learn basic water safety and the basics of breathing while swimming on their front and back. Students safely spend some time in deep water (over the student's head) to build comfort where they cannot touch the bottom.
  • Learn to Swim: Dolphin & Swimmer (6-12 yrs)

    In Dolphin, swimmers continue to develop the ability to breathe while swimming and increase their endurance in the pool. Students will learn to tread water and underwater swimming to increase their comfort in deep water should an unexpected fall into water occur.

    In Swimmer, students develop front and back crawl strokes and continue building endurance in the pool. pool. Students will increase the length of time they can tread water and begin to build the skills necessary for other aquatic activities such as synchronized swimming, lifesaving and waterpolo.

  • Star Swim Program: Star 1-3 (6-12 yrs)

    Students in Star 1-3 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and they learn whip kick, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. Water safety, competitive swim skills, aqua fitness and synchronized swimming are all introduced and developed throughout the program.

  • Star Swim Program: Star 4-7 (6-12 yrs)

    Students in Star 4-7 develop stroke technique in breaststroke, and they learn sidestroke, dolphin kick, and butterfly. Competitive swim skills, aqua fitness and synchronized swimming are continuing to develop throughout the program. The Star 4-7 program includes focus on lifesaving skills to set your swimmer on a path to take lifesaving and lifeguarding courses as they continue to grow.

*excluding Family Casual memberships.