A little girl smiles at the edge of the YMCA pool during an aquatics lesson.

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.

Here’s a look at some of the programs you can find at YMCAs across the country:

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.

Learn more about our national YMCA Swimming Lessons

Aquatic Certifications

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.

Learn more about our certification programs

Drop-In and Lane Swimming

Come and enjoy the water at your own convenience! Our pools are available for drop-in and lane swimming throughout the day. No matter how busy you are, there is a swim time to fit your schedule.

Aquatic Fitness Classes

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.

Specialty Programs

From water sports to swim clubs, YMCA Aquatic Specialty programs bring swimmers together for organized activities in the water. Whether you're new to the pool or looking for some friendly competition, our programs will keep you moving and having fun.

To learn more about YMCA Aquatics programs near you, visit the website of your local YMCA. Programs vary by location and may not be available in all areas.