Girl Swimming in Pool

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.

The YMCA has been offering swimming lessons to Canadians since the 1900s. Thousands of Canadians have learned to swim at the Y. We have a passion for splashin', and hope you do, too! Dive into our aquatics program to find the one that's right for you and your family.

Please take a moment to read our pool rules before joining us in the water!

L'il Dippers (Ages 6 months to 5 years)

Children 6 months-3 years start in the water with their parents learning basic swimming skills. children 3-5 years participate in a swimming class without their parents.

Learn about L'il Dippers (Ages 6 months to 5 years)

Youth Swimming (Ages 6-13 years)

Learn about Youth Swimming (Ages 6-13 years)

Star Program

Learn about Star Program

Advanced Youth Lessons

Learn about Advanced Youth Lessons

Aquatic Fitness

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.

These classes offer a host of benefits for all fitness levels, and you'll appreciate the ability to control the intensity by modifying surface area, speed, and force of movements.

Learn about Aquatic Fitness

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. You'll also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.

At the YMCA, you can choose from a variety of certifications:

  • YMCA Swim Instructor
  • Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross 
  • National Lifeguard (NL)
Learn about Aquatic Certifications

Private Lessons

Learn about Private Lessons

Adult Lessons

Learn about Adult Lessons

Find Aquatics Programs