Swim Lessons

When you kids, teens and adults take a swim lesson with the Y, they’ll gain confidence and learn new skills in a fun, caring environment. With classes for all ages and skill levels, we deliver the perfect pathway for all abilities to enjoy, develop and grow with our swim program.

Parent & Child Swim Lessons


6 months old to 3 years old

Parent & Child Swim Lessons promote water readiness activities for children and their parent or trusted adult!

Stage A - Water Discovery Parents accompany children in this class which introduces babies and parents to the aquatic environment through exploration that encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about water.

Stage B - Water Exploration Parents are guided to work with their child to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


6 months to 3 years 


8 lessons (unless otherwise stated) 


Member $55 
Non-member $90

Swim Basics


3 years old to 12 years old

Swim Basics Lessons teach a core foundation of water safety and drowning prevention is made by teaching water adjustment and skill readiness to swimmers!

Stage 1 - Water Acclimation Children are introduced to the pool and develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Children also develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water in the event they fall in. This stage builds the foundation for the child's future progress in swimming.

Stage 2 - Water Movement Children are taught skills that focus on body position and control, forward movement and directional change. This stage also reinforces how to safely exit a body of water in the event of falling in.

Stage 3 - Water Stamina Children focus on swimming longer distances and are introduced to rotary breathing and integrated arm and leg action. In the event they fall into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety and exit.

Swim Lessons at the YMCA


3 to 12


8 lessons (unless otherwise stated)


Member $45 (at Fountain Valley) and $55 (at all other centers)
Non-member $90



5 years old to 12 years old

After the fundamentals are mastered, children can learn personal water safety, develop their character and build stroke technique in competitive strokes with our Swim Strokes Lessons!

Stage 4 - Stroke Introduction Swimmers focus on developing basic swimming strokes and personal water safety. Specifically, children develop the frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes, are introduced to components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes, and practice safety techniques in deep water.

Stage 5 - Stroke Development Students continue to work on their stroke technique and all major competitive strokes are introduced. Swimmers will develop stamina in the frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes, learn the breaststroke and butterfly strokes, and build endurance in their techniques for deepwater safety.

Stage 6 - Stroke Mechanics Students refine their stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and learn about competitive swimming. Swimmers will develop endurance in the competitive strokes, learn skills related to competitive swimming like racing starts and flip turns, and enhance their techniques and build endurance in deep water.


 5 to 12


8 lessons (unless otherwise stated)


Member $45 (at Fountain Valley) and $55 (at all other centers)
Non-member $90





Member $55
Non-member $90

YMCA Locations That Offer This Program

Garden Ranch

For more information, please contact the Aquatics Director at your preferred location!

Swim Lessons Help Keep Your Children Safe

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can 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.

Our partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs

With a focus on youth development, wellness and injury prevention, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and Children’s Hospital Colorado partner to strengthen our community and help kids learn, grow and thrive. 

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