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.
The Ottawa YMCA offers Lifeguard Training periodically.
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 maintaintheir credentials. Participants must be 15 years old before 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.
Ottawa YMCA Dolphin Swim Team
The Ottawa YMCA is the proud home of the award winning Dolphin Swim Team. Head Coach Christy Ovanic can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ottawa YMCA Dolphins website is http://ottawadolphinswimteam.org/
The Ottawa YMCA Dolphions Swim Team welcomes all swimmers who meet our swimming requirements. We are a competitive swim team offering quality coaching and technical instruction for ages 5-21 years old. Our goal is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at their level of ability, from novice to national competitor. Every swimmer is important to our team.
All swimmers must be able to swim one pool length each of free style and backstroke without stopping. They muist demonstrate a basic level of comfort and confidence in the water and certain fundamental skills; such as rotary breathing and rhythmic kick. All Dolphin Swim Team members must be a current, active Ottawa YMCA member.
Private & Semi Private Lessons
Private lessons or semi-private lessons are the perfect answer for the participant who cannot make our scheduled group lessons or need that extra attention. Lessons are 30 minutes and scheduled by the Aquatics Director.
Offered for ages 5 to adult.
Per Lesson: Members $20 Program Participants $40
PRIVATE LESSON PACKAGES
3 Lessons: Members $55 Program Participants $110
5 Lessons: Members $90 Program Participants $180
SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS (two swimmers of the same swim level)
Per Lesson: Members $25 Program Participants $50
SEMI-PRIVATE LESSON PACKAGES
3 Lessons: Members $70 Program Participants $140
5 Lessons: Members $115 Program Participants $230