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
Pike-3 to 5 years-beginning swimmers
Eel-3 to 5 years-intermediate swimmer who has the basic idea of swimming using arm stroke
Ray-3 to 5 years-can swim the length of the pool by themselves
Polliwog-6 to 14 years-beginning level, introduction to floating, submerging and strokes
Guppy-6 to 14 years-intermediate level, deep water swimmer, working on front and back strokes
Minnow/Flying Fish/Fish-6 to 14 years-advanced level, can swim the length of pool front and back stroke.
The Ottawa YMCA offers Lifeguard Training periodically. Below you will find 2018 dates. The next dates for review will be posted in March 2018