Jump in and discover why everyone from infants to seniors can benefit from being active in the water!
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.
The YMCA has been offering swimming lessons to Canadians since the 1900s. Thousands of Canadians have learned to swim at the Y. We have a passion for splashin', and hope you do, too! Dive into our aquatics program to find the one that's right for you and your family.
Aquatics Newsletter (Summer 2021)
It's hard to find time to swim when you have a busy schedule. Come and enjoy the water at your own convenience! Our pool is available for drop-in and lane swimming throughout the day.
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Knowing how to swim can save your life — or even someone else's. Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons will give you lifelong skills to help you be safe in and around the water. But there's more to YMCA swim lessons than just learning to swim. We want children to build confidence in the water, meet new people, and hopefully develop a lifelong passion for swimming!
We have taught thousands of children to swim through our nationally-accredited swim programs. YMCA Swim Lessons build self-confidence and show children they can achieve their goals with a little hard work and support from others. When children believe in themselves and in one other, there's no limit to their potential!
Explore our swim lessons to find the program that's right for your child
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Want to add a little variety to group fitness classes? Just add water! The properties of water will bring a new dynamic to your workout.
The resistance of the water strengthens your muscles as you push and pull your body through the water. While moving at top speed, or any speed, your body weight is supported by the buoyancy of the water, so you reduce the impact on your joints as you improve your cardiovascular fitness.
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Led by trained YMCA Instructors, these classes offer a host of benefits for all fitness levels, and you'll appreciate the ability to control the intensity by modifying surface area, speed, and force of movements.
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.
At the YMCA, you can choose from a variety of certifications:
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- YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor
- YMCA Swim Instructor
- Lifesaving Society Swim (LSS) Instructor
- Lifesaving Society Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross (pre-requisites for National Lifeguard certification)
- National Lifeguard (NL)
- Lifesaving Society certification (the Lifesaving Society is Canada’s authority in drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifeguard training)
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