The Y is a national leader in swim instruction and water safety. YMCA aquatics programs are designed to teach personal water safety and swimming skills to everyone. Our progressive-swim instruction method uses a problem-solving, guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive, caring environment.

Upcoming Session

The next session for classes and lessons begins the week of March 20. Registration Opens February 13th.


At the Y we’ve helped thousands of children over the decades learn to swim and love the water. We hire only knowledgeable, compassionate instructors who know how to put kids at ease. So whether you have a toddler who's taking her first dip into Pike, or an experienced swimmer who’s ready to tackle the Flying Fish course, you’ll see we take our lessons seriously—and still make time to have fun. (Water slide anyone?) Not sure which level is the best match for your child? Call the Y and we can help you choose the right one! 651-309-2300.

CLASSES FOR NEW SWIMMERS
Class length: 30 minutes
Ratio: Four students to one instructor
Session cost (member/program member): early bird: $25/$45; after early bird: $40/$60
Parent participation: A parent must be in the pool area for all lessons involving children age six years and younger

  • Pike: This class is for beginning swimmers who are comfortable putting their face in the water. Students learn to swim on their front and back with emphasis on independent pool entry and exit safety skills. Ages: Three to five years Requirements: Successfully completed Sunfish class, or the ability to: Put their face (up to ears) in water for at least three seconds Perform front- and back-floats for 10 seconds with assistance Swim five yards on front or back with flotation Listen and follow directions
  • Eel: This class is for swimmers who are well-adjusted to the water and eager to become more independent. Students learn to float independently for longer periods, and swim longer distances developing technique and form with floatation. They also learn more about pool and water safety. Ages: Three to five years Requirements: Successfully completed Pike class, or the ability to: Float on their front and back for at least three seconds without assistance Swim 10 yards on front and back with flotation Swim two yards on front with their face in the water without flotation Swim two yards on back without flotation Jump into shallow water and recover to the wall
  • Ray: This class is for swimmers who are ready to begin developing strokes and swimming in deeper water. Participants will also learn to swim on their stomachs for longer distances and flip on their backs for breathing (swim-float-swim), and combine this skill water entry and exit. Ages: Three to five years Requirements: Successfully completed Eel class, or the ability to: Float on their front and back for at least 10 seconds without flotation and recover to a stand Swim 10 yards on front and back with flotation Swim two yards on front and back without flotation Complete five underwater bobs Jump into water over their head and recover to the wall
  • Starfish: This swimming class works to develop endurance in swimming, floating using the swim-float -swim technique and treading water. Swimmers also learn rescue skills and personal safety including acclimation to lifejackets. Class also includes an introduction to team water sports. Ages: Three to five years Requirements: Successfully completed Ray class, or the ability to: Paddle for 20 feet, alternating front and back Complete symmetrical paddle for 20 feet on front and back Tread water for 10 seconds Perform front- and back-glides Jump into deep water and recover to the wall Option: Also available in a combination Ray/Starfish class  

CLASSES FOR ADVANCED SWIMMERS
Class length: 40 minutes
Ratio: Six students to one instructor
Session cost (member/program member): early bird: $25/$45; after early bird: $40/$60
Parent participation: A parent must be in the pool area for all lessons involving children age six years and younger

  • Guppy: This swimming class works to develop endurance in swimming, floating using the swim-float -swim technique and treading water. Swimmers also learn rescue skills and personal safety. Class also includes an introduction to team water sports. Ages: Five to 12 years Ratio: Four students to one instructor Requirements: Successfully completed Ray class, or the ability to: Paddle for 20 feet, alternating front and back Complete symmetrical paddle for 20 feet on front and back Tread water for 10 seconds Perform front- and back-glides Jump into deep water and recover to the wall
  • Minnow: Minnow swimmers work to refine crawl stroke, and develop skills in preparation for learning breaststroke, backstroke and sidestroke. Students also have opportunities to set goals and work towards achieving them. Ages: Five to 12 years Ratio: Four students to one instructor Requirements: Successfully completed Starfish or Guppy class, or the ability to: Float on front and back for 30 seconds Front alternating paddle with flip on back for breath for 25 yards Back alternating paddle with flip on back for breath for 25 yards Front and back symmetrical paddle for 25 yards Tread water for 20 seconds Perform 10 underwater bobs
  • Fish: This class is for swimmers who have the ability to swim front crawl with rhythmic breathing.  Fish swimmers gain endurance in their crawl strokes and treading water, and start to practice sidestroke, breaststroke and elementary backstroke. Students are also introduced to basic first aid for bleeding, cramps and cold weather emergencies. Ages: Five to 12 years Ratio: Six students to one instructor Requirements: Successfully completed Minnow class, or the ability to: Front and back crawl for 25 yards Front and back flutter kick for 25 yards Whip kick for 15 yards Scissors kick for 25 yards Perform breaststroke arm pulls for 15 yards Tread water for 40 seconds
  • Flying Fish: Swimmers in this advanced level focus on stroke enhancements including breathing, body position and arm and leg movements, as well as build endurance in all strokes. The butterfly stroke is also introduced at this level. Swimmers review first aid and safety, and discuss personal ground rules and risk taking. Ages: Five to 12 years Ratio: Six students to one instructor Requirements: Successfully completed Fish class, or the ability to: Front and back crawl for 50 yards Breaststroke for 25 yards Sidestroke for 25 yards Dolphin kick for 25 yards Tread water for three minutes