Confidence in the Water
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages. A natural progression promotes safe and effective swimming for all ages—from infants learning to love the water to advanced swimmers perfecting their strokes.
Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y and enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts, polliwogs into sharks. Our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety and building confidence all at the same time!
We ensure low instructor-to-student ratios for more personal attention.
We offer a wide selection of classes & schedules to fit your needs.
Choose from parent/child lessons for infants and toddlers, pre-school, youth & adult lessons.
Private and semi-private lessons are also available.
Swim Lesson Levels for registering your child
Tadpoles-6 months to 3 years-a fun water adjustment class with parent
Preschool (3-5yrs, not in K)
The Ottawa YMCA offers Lifeguard Training periodically. Below you will find 2019 dates.
Earn an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification at the Ottawa YMCA and develop skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergency situations in
and around the water. We offer the Lifeguard Certification course for the new participant and the Lifeguard Recertification course for existing Lifeguards to maintain
their credentials. Participants must be 15 years old befopre the final session of the course.
NEW This Year
All lifeguard candidates (new and recert) must pass the pre-course swim test prior to registering
for the lifeguard class. Prescourse swimming skills are:
- Swim 300 yards demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing using the front crawl and breaststroke.
- Front Crawl Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxi_3DRUG8g
- Breaststroke Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcxPUQu57uU
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
- Surface dive to 9 feet to retrieve a 10 pound brick.
Precourse testing date: March 18 5:00-7:00 PM. Once the precourse swimming test is passed, candidate may register for Lifeguard class.
Precourse Testing Fee: $10
Class Dates: March 31, April 6, 7, 13, 14, and 19 (if needed) 3:00-8:00 PM *All classes required attendance
Lifeguard Course Fees: Members $240 / Program Participants $300
Precourse testing date: May 21 3:30-5:30 PM. Once the precourse swimming test is passed, candidate may register for recertification class.
Precourse Testing Fee: $10
Class Dates: May 28 3:30-7:30 PM and May 29 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM *All classes required attendance
Lifeguard Course Fees: Members $115 / Program Participants $175