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Swim, Sports & Play

Did you know that basketball and volleyball were invented by early YMCA leaders?

Our sports programs develop more than skills—they develop character. We offer a variety of programs for youth and adults, including recreation and league sports. Coaches—often volunteers and including many parents—emphasize teamwork, cooperation, and developing good values.

The YMCA has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. But our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction. We also provide recreational, competitive and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, water safety and rescue, and water sports. Programs and classes vary by location.

Like all Y programs, swim, sports and play is open to all with financial assistance available.


Youth Sports Programs

 
Youth Swim Team
Home School PE Program
Itty Bitty Sports
Seals Swim Team

Recreation

 
Birthday Parties

Youth Swim Lessons

 
Private Swim Lessons
 

Fall Swim Options

Starting in the fall, we are making changes to our swim lesson structure! See the details for our fall session here.

The YMCA has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. But our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction. We also provide recreational, competitive and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, water safety and rescue, and water sports. 

Where Did All the Fish Go? Changes to Y Swim Lessons

As “America’s Swim Instructor”, the Y has been teaching kids how to be safe around water for decades. We’ve made some changes to our swim lesson structure to simplify and more accurately describe skill levels.

What is different?

We’re making two key changes to swim lessons:

Name changes: Lesson names are changing to stages that better reflect the skills learned and we’re moving away from the identifying fish levels. 

Curriculum changes: We’re also changing the curriculum to better serve the different learning styles of our youth participants. We’ve simplified the structure by focusing on benchmark skills and goals in each stage. Students progress from fundamentals to stroke technique over 6 distinct stages.

Swim lessons are essential for kids to become safe around water, and learn to set and achieve goals. We’re looking forward to launching this new swim lesson structure and helping many more young people build swimming confidence.

Check out the new swimming model

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