The YMCA has been America’s leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. But our swim lesson 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. Programs and classes vary by location.


Oak Park Pool Schedule

Oak Park 2017 Fall 1 Pool Schedule

Oak Park Fall 2 Pool Schedule


Youth Swim Lessons

The YMCA is committed to help swimmers develop the whole person in spirit, mind, and body. During our session, swimmers learn to swim, improve on swimming skills, learn water safety, build relationships with others, and have fun. Our session includes five components – personal growth, personal safety, rescue skills, stroke development, and fun and games. These five components build confidence in each individual swimmer, inside the water and out. Swim lessons are an all around positive experience for everyone involved because they give participants a chance to be exposed to a positive environment. Swim lessons are a mutually beneficial experience for students and teachers.

Swim Lesson Program Overview


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Fall 1 Session:  September 5-October 22, 2017

Oak Park Fall 1 Swim Lesson Schedule

Fall 2 Session: October 23-December 10, 2017

Oak Park 2017 Fall 2 Swim Lesson Schedule 1

Oak Park Triathlon Team

Oak Park is home to the premier triathlon team in the Lansing area. The team is an inclusive community dedicated to the preparation of local triathletes of all ages and ability, instilling confidence and skill focusing on positivity, encouragement, fun and healthy competition.

Fall sessions consist of swim training classes open to all swimmers wanting to improve their stroke mechanics and yardage. Winter sessions leading into spring are the large training months. Each participant is placed in the class that best fits their fitness level and experience. Check our Aquatic Program schedule for class descriptions, dates and times.

For more information contact Aquatic Director Tasha Mills at 517.827.9697 or email her at tmills@ymcaoflansing.org.

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Oak Park Junior Triathlon Team

The Jr. Triathlon Training class is structured for children ages 8-17, who can swim 50 yards continuously. The class will consist of swimming, biking (when weather permits) and running/cardio. Class meets on Saturday mornings beginning in January. We will be training for the Hawk Island Triathlon.

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 Lifeguard Training

The Oak Park YMCA offers the full American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification including CPR for the Professional Rescuer. The course purpose is to provide entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies.

Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certification for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR-Pro/AED valid for 2 years.


  • Must be 15 years old on the day the course begins
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute and 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 8-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.


  • Approximately 28.5 hours
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent or higher.

October Class Dates and Times

Friday, October 27 5-8pm

Saturday, October 28 8a-6p

Sunday, October 29 9a-6p

Saturday, November 4 10a-4p


Member $135

Non-Member $150



To learn about specific options view our schedule of classes