Dive into the widest range of aquatics programs anywhere.

Nothing builds confidence like learning how to swim. It’s an essential life skill that can provide a lifetime of fun in and around water. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer, you can gain the skills and strength you need to stay safe and enjoy making a splash.

The YMCA has been offering swimming lessons to Canadians since the 1900s. Thousands of Canadians have learned to swim at the Y and so can your kids. That’s why we offer swim lessons, aquatic fitness classes and other programs for toe dippers, deep divers and everyone in between.

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Swim Lessons

Knowing how to swim can save your life — or even someone else's. Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons will give you lifelong skills to help you be safe in and around the water.

But there's more to YMCA swim lessons than just learning to swim. We want children to build confidence in the water, meet new people, and hopefully develop a lifelong passion for swimming!

We have taught thousands of children to swim through our nationally-accredited swim programs. YMCA swim lessons build self-confidence and show children they can achieve their goals with a little hard work and support from others. When children believe in themselves and in one other, there's no limit to their potential!

Explore our swim lessons to find the program that's right for your child.

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Swim Times

Come and enjoy the water at your own convenience! Our pool is available for drop-in and lane swimming throughout the day. No matter how busy you are, there is a swim time to fit your schedule.

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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. Led by trained YMCA Instructors, 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 (pre-requisites for National Lifeguard certification)
  • National Lifeguard (NL)
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Aquatic Specialty

From water sports to swim clubs, YMCA Aquatic Specialty programs bring swimmers together for organized activities in the water. Whether you're new to the pool or looking for some friendly competition, our programs will keep you moving and having fun.

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