FAQ – Swim Lessons Winter 2021

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 Swimming

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

* Currently, due to COVID-19, parents are required to be in the water with their children aged 3 to 5 years.

Learn about L’il Dippers Swimming

Youth Swimming

Youth aged 6+ years can begin in our Learn to Swim program, advancing through levels Pre-Otter, Otter, Seal, Dolphin and Swimmer.
Youth aged 6+ years can then improve their skills in our Star Program, allowing members to advance their skills through 7 levels, beginning with Star 1.

Learn about Youth Swimming

Adult Aquatic Lessons

Adult Aquatic Lessons are designed for those who want to become more comfortable in the water and learn basic swimming skills. The classes cost $45 (+HST) for members and $92 (+HST) for non-members. Please see page 12 of our Program Guide for the schedule. SpringProgamGuide_2021

Teen Aquatic Lessons

This program is designed to help teens who would like to learn basic swimming skills in a safe environment. For ages 13 – 16 years old. For the schedule, please see page 12 of our Program Guide: SpringProgamGuide_2021

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.

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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