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At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill.
When you learn to swim, you gain confidence, acquire safety/rescue skills, and experience water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Throughout all stages, we teach students how to be safe and more comfortable in the water.

The YMCA has long been America’s favorite swimming instructor. Whether just learning how to swim, improving strokes, or taking water exercise classes, members are in safe hands with our certified swimming instructors and lifeguards.

71% of the World is Water
Children Are 100% Curious

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.


This 8-day course, taught by a certified instructor, teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as pool rules and boating safety
  • A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water

Each lesson includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.


Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

Safety Around Water is open to anyone in the community who wants their children to learn how to be safe in and around water. The program is available to participants for a small fee.

Sessions run M-Th mornings, July 8-11 and July 15-18 Registration opens May 6, register online or at the Welcome Center!

Group Swim Lessons

Gain skills and increase your confidence in the water with these group lessons. Please use the Lesson Selector below to determine the best stage for your child.

Private Swim Lessons

Gain skills and increase your confidence in the water with these individualized lessons. Whether learning the basics or developing enhanced swim techniques, participants can benefit from this flexible alternative to group swim lessons.

How to register

  • Complete a Private Swim Lesson Interest Form and turn it in at the Member Services desk.
  • You will be contacted with availability by the end of the month. Lessons are scheduled on a monthly basis.
  • Once scheduled, the fee owed will show on your account. Pay anytime prior to the lesson.
  • Payment must be made for all lessons scheduled.

One-on-one instruction: $25 FM | $35 PM per half hour
Semi-Private Lessons with two or more participants: $12.50 FM | $17.50 PM per half hour
Contact: Malia Chase at 360 651 1606 mchase@ymca-snoco.org to learn more

Group Exercise Classes

We offer a selection of water fitness classes designed for all fitness abilities and ages. Check out our Group Exercise Schedule to see more.

Community Swim

Come swim for free at the Y. Photo ID is required for ages 14 and up.
Every third Saturday of the month | 1-3 pm
Contact: Kayanna Andrews at 360 651 1606 or kandrews@ymca-snoco.org to learn more

Swim Fit

Swim Fit is a great opportunity for swimmers ages 14 and up who want to focus on enhancing technique and endurance training. Full workouts and coaching will be provided. Suitable for basic lap swimmers, advanced lap swimmers, triathletes and competitive adults. All participants must be able tocomplete a 100 yard swim without stopping.

Register up to six months in advance, online or in person at the Member Services desk.

$15 FM | $30 PM (fee per month)

Contact the Aquatics department with questions at 360 651 1604


Swim Lesson Finder

Answer the questions below to find the swim lesson that fits.

How Old is Your Child?

To help you determine which stage will create the best learning environment for your child, please click through the options below.