Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The Y offers swim lessons for anyone from 6 months old to adults, family swim, competitive swimming, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

New & Improved Swim Lessons

Y Swim Lesson curriculum is based on a continuum that focuses on a skill-based progression that builds confidence and supports swimming skills. There are three phases within the continuum, beginning with Swim Starters (children 6-36 months), then Swim Basics (children ages 3-12) and Swim Strokes (school-aged children 5-12 years).  Each phase is broken into specific stages that are designed specifically for that age group on a cognitive and social ability.

Program enhancements include: ease at time of registration, improved curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety, tools and resources to support families at home. 

Small instructor-to-student ratios

  • Swim Starters (6-36 months) 1:6-10
  • Preschool (3-5 years) 1:4
  • School Age (6-12 years) 1:6

On the first day of class, Swim Instructors will conduct a swimming skills evaluation to determine each swimmer’s skill ability. Students will be divided into appropriate classes within the Y Swim Lesson Continuum.


Members = $45
Non-Members = $90

Swim Lesson Locations

Briargate, Cottonwood Creek Recreation Center, Downtown, Fountain Valley, Garden Ranch, Memorial Park Recreation, Meridian Ranch, Monument Valley Pool (seasonal), Portal Pool (seasonal), Southeast & Armed Services,  Tri-Lakes, Wilson Ranch Pool (seasonal)
*Check with your local Y for details on swim lessons year-round.


Private and semi-private lessons are a great option for swimmers of all ages looking to accomplish specific objectives. These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or acquire swimming skills. You set the agenda by working with the instructor to determine goals. Curriculum is customized to meet your goals.

*Please note Family Program Package is not applicable to private & semi-private swim lessons.

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