The Y is the starting point for children to learn about becoming active, staying active, and developing healthy habits that they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are far greater than just physical. Sports, Swim and Play programs aim to better mental health as well. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

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The YMCA has been America’s leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. But our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction. We also provide recreational, competitive and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, water safety and rescue, and water sports.

Changes to Y Swim Lessons

As “America’s Swim Instructor”, the Y has been teaching kids how to be safe around water for decades. We have made some changes to our swim lesson structure to simplify and more accurately describe skill levels.


What is different?


We’re making two key changes to swim lessons:


Name changes: Lesson names are changing to stages that better reflect the skills learned and we’re moving away from the identifying fish levels. Visit the Y for more information and information on which stage is appropriate for your child(ren).


Curriculum changes: We’re also changing the curriculum to better serve the different learning styles of our youth participants. We’ve simplified the structure by focusing on benchmark skills and goals in each stage. Students progress from fundamentals to stroke technique over 6 distinct stages.


Swim lessons are essential for kids to become safe around water, and learn to set and achieve goals. We’re looking forward to launching this new swim lesson structure and helping many more young people build swimming confidence.


Swim Lesson Program Overview

Swim Lesson Selection Guide

To find out more information on our aquatics programs or PDF versions of our schedules, please click one of our Pool Locations below.


Fall 2 (October 23-December 10)

Parkwood YMCA – 827.9680

Parkwood Fall 2 Youth Swim Lessons

Parkwood Fall 2 Adult Water Schedule

Parkwood Fall 2 Pool Schedule

Oak Park YMCA – 827.9700

Oak Park 2017 Fall 2 Swim Lesson Schedule

Oak Park Fall 2 Pool Schedule

Westside  YMCA – 827.9670

Swim Lesson Selection Guide

Westside Youth Swim Lessons

Westside Lap Pool Schedule-Adult Classes Fall 17