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Swimming Lessons

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.

The YMCA has been offering swimming lessons to Canadians since the 1900s. 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!

There’s more to YMCA swim lessons than just learning to swim. We want everyone to build confidence in the water, meet new people, and hopefully develop a lifelong passion for swimming!

Explore our swim lessons to find the program that’s right for you or your child.

Lessons

A program designed for adults who want to learn how to swim or would like to improve their swimming skills and strokes. If you would sign up for Adult learn to swim, please contact our front desk at (902) 562-9622.

Ages:
18+
What to Bring:
Swim suit, Towel, Flipflops

Swimming lessons for children 6-12 years old who have mastered basic swimming skills, the YMCA Star program is a series of four swimming lessons which focus on technique, stroke development and endurance.

During the Star Program, your child will have the opportunity to meet new people and explore other facets of aquatics, like competitive swimming, water sports, and aquafit classes.

At the YMCA, we believe that swimming benefits your child through better health, new friends, and self-confidence. That’s why we encourage your child to take an active part in their learning, connect with others, and share in our passion for swimming. It’s the healthy thing to do! 

Ages:
6-12
What to Bring:
Swim suit, Towel, Flipflops

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You’re never too young to enjoy the water! For children between 3 to 5 years old, the YMCA Preschool Swim Program will introduce your baby, toddler, or preschooler to the basics of swimming.

We have developed each level in the Preschool Swim Program with your child’s natural growth and development in mind. We know each child is unique, so our YMCA swim instructors encourage your child to progress at their own pace to reach their potential.

There are eight levels in the YMCA Preschool Swim Program: Splashers, Bubblers, Bobbers, Floaters, Gliders, Divers, Surfers, and Preschool.

Explore all the levels to find the one that’s right for your child.

Ages:
3-5
What to Bring:
Swim suit, Towel, Flipflops

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Swimming lessons for children 6-12 years old who are ready to take the plunge and learn how to swim! The YMCA Learn to Swim program encourages children to build their skills while being active in the water and meeting new people.

Starting with the basics and progressing to stroke development, the four levels of YMCA Learn to Swim – Otter, Seal, Dolphin, Swimmer – teach kids essential swimming skills that they’ll use for the rest of their life. Our lessons empower your child to take an active part in their learning by setting their own goals and choosing from a range of optional skills during each level.

After completing Swimmer, the highest level, your child will be able to submerge, kick, roll, and jump into the water. They’ll be swimming on their front and back for short distances. But best of all, they’ll have achieved lifelong skills through their own efforts!

Ages:
6-12
What to Bring:
Swim suit, Towel, Flipflops

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