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*!
Spring is finally here and so are our Spring Swim Lessons!
As a Y Member, you can secure a spot in our registered programs as well as any of our drop-in programs by pre-booking online! Spring programming begins April 19 with registration now open! Don’t forget, you must have an active Y membership to register in a program or pre-book a spot in a drop-in activity.
We have swim lessons, Aquafit, gymnastics, basketball, floor hockey, dance, karate and more! There’s something for everyone and it all starts Monday, April 19th!
Take a look at our program schedules now.
We understand that you might have a few questions on how programming will work with restrictions in place but don’t worry we have you covered! We’ve provided answers to some of the common questions that come up, don’t see an answer you need? Please contact any of our branches as we would love to help you out!
To allow for proper physical-distancing and to follow capacity restrictions, each swim class will have a reduced number of participants for Spring programs with one instructor per class.
Swim Instructors will be wearing face shields in the water and will maintain physical distancing requirements with only brief interactions during class. A brief interaction is defined as contact for less than 10 minutes of time being less than 2 metres apart
- No. Due to Provincial capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements there will be no viewing areas available. A parent or guardian is asked to bring their child(ren) who don't require assistance in getting changed into the branch to check them in with our Aquatic Attendant who will then escort them onto the pool deck. For the younger children who require assistance in the changeroom, a parent/guardian is required to help the child(ren) change into a swimsuit before checking them in with the Aquatic Attendant. Once your child(ren) is checked in, you must exit the branch unless you are participating in a class or working out in the fitness area.
- Once the class is over one parent/guardian will be allowed to collect the child and assist them in the changeroom.
- A designated viewing area for parents/guardians of pre-school age children ONLY will be available while class is in session
It is IMPERATIVE that the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg have the current contact information for all participants should we be required to call the parent/guardian.
Swim Instructors will be wearing face shields in the water and will maintain physical distancing requirements with only brief interactions during class. A brief interaction is defined as contact for less than 10 minutes of time being less than 2 metres apart.
Masks must be worn by all persons while attending YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg branches and programs including while on pool deck. This applies to all visitors and participants in our branches and programs except children under the age of 5 years. Parent/guardian are asked to bring a small re-sealable plastic bag with child's name to keep mask in while in the pool. If you have a condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please speak to a member of our staff team at the front desk.
We can help with that! Use our Find Your Swim Level tool - complete the questionnaire and your answers will guide you to the appropriate level to register your swimmer in.
In short, yes! However, equipment is not to be shared between participants or between participant and instructor and will be sanitized between classes.
Yes. A limited number of lockers will be available for members to use. We are encouraging parents/guardians of the swim program take their child's belongings with them when they leave the building during 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
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.