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Swim Lessons

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.

 

Online Progress Cards: Your child’s swim lessons progress cards are available online! Just click the link below for your branch.

 

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
  • Parented - Preschool Swim Lessons (3 mths - 3 yrs, 11 mths)

    The parent/child swim program introduces infants and toddlers to the joys of swimming under the care and love of their parents/guardians. As a parent/guardian, you will learn about the importance of supervision, water safety and how to encourage and guide your child to become more familiar with being in the water and increasing their comfort 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.

  • Preschool Swim Lessons (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. Swimmers are introduced to assisted swim and water movement skills.

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

  • Preschool Swim Lessons (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
  • Adaptive Swim (5 - 12 yrs)

    A swim program for youth members with additional support needs.  Instructors will coach individual support workers (provided by family) to teach and develop swim skills to the member. Individual support workers are required to be in the water alongside the member, during the swim lesson.

    Please reach out to our Aquatic Directors should you require an adaptive swim program with additional support needs for those individuals outside the age range listed.

     

  • Otter (6-12 yrs) - Learn to Swim Level 1

    In Otter, the first level of the YMCA swim program, 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.

  • Seal (6 - 12 yrs) - Learn to Swim Level 2

    In Seal, the second level of the YMCA swim program, 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.

  • Dolphin (6-12 yrs) - Learn to Swim Level 3

    In Dolphin, the third level of the YMCA swim program, 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.

  • Swimmer (6-12 yrs) - Learn to Swim Level 4

    In Swimmer, the fourth level of the YMCA swim program, students develop front and back crawl strokes and continue building endurance in the 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 water polo.

  • Star 1 - 2 (8-12 yrs)

    Swimmers have now developed the basics of swimming and are ready to develop strokes and endurance. Students in Stars 1 and 2 develop stroke techniques in front crawl and back crawl, and they learn  whip kick, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. Water safety and competitive swimming skills are all introduced and developed throughout the program.

  • Star 3 - 4 (8-12 yrs)

    Swimmers are now ready to move into more advanced swim strokes and aquatic skills. Basic strokes like front and back crawl are at an advanced standard. Breaststroke and elementary backstroke are at intermediate levels and sidestroke and dolphin kick are introduced. Aquatic skills are sourced from a variety of aquatic activities like water polo, synchronized swimming and so much more!

  • Star 5 - 7 (8 - 12 yrs)

    Students in Star 5-7 develop stroke techniques in sidestroke, dolphin kick, and butterfly. Competitive swim skills, aqua fitness and synchronized swimming continue to develop throughout the program. The Star 5-7 program includes focus on leadership and lifesaving skills to set your swimmer on a path to aquatic leadership and advanced aquatic skills.

  • Teen & Adult Swim Lessons - Drop In
  • Teen Swim Lessons

    Specifically for teens ages 13-17 years, this Swim Program improves swimming abilities, furthers water sport and safety skills, develops endurance and teaches new strokes.

    Click here to check out our programs.

  • Adult Swim Lessons

    It’s never too late to start swimming! Designed for adults who are non-swimmers, lessons are designed to teach basic skills and improve comfort in the water.

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

*excluding Family Casual memberships.