A YMCA swimming instructor demonstrates how lessons can contribute to confidence in the water.

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. And you just might develop a lifelong passion for swimming!

But there's more to YMCA swim lessons than just learning to swim. Our swimming lessons build self-confidence and show children they can achieve their goals with a little hard work and support from others.

We’ve taught tens of thousands of children to swim through our nationally-accredited YMCA swim programs since we offered the very first YMCA swimming lesson in Canada over 100 years ago. But it’s never too late to learn…many Ys also offer lessons for adults. Contact your local YMCA for more information on swimming lessons available in your area.

Explore our swimming lessons

We have developed three nationally accredited swimming programs to help children progress through the skills required to become proficient swimmers.

  • Boy in YMCA Lil Dipper Swimming Lesson
    L'il Dippers

    Introduces children 6 months to 5 years old to the water and teaches foundational skills.

  • A child takes a big breath as she practices her breastroke as part of the Learn to Swim program at Y
    Learn to Swim

    For children 6-12 years old to continue to develop their swimming skills.

  • Girl in YMCA Star program swimming lesson poses for the camera
    Star Program

    For children who have completed the Learn to Swim program to develop more advanced skills.