Swimming at the Y helps people thrive—in and out of the water. Swim lessons provide kids and teens with the opportunity to set goals and achieve success, learn water safety, and enjoy swimming as a form of exercise.

Through swimming lessons, swim teams, lap swimming, and more, the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario provides a safe environment for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

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Swim Admission Policy

Swim Admission Policy

All swimmers 12 years of age and younger must either:
Pass the facility swim test and wear a Y swim wristband OR swim WITHIN ARM’S REACH at all times of a guardian at least 13 years of age in shallow water.

The ratio of guardians to swimmers who have not passed the swim test is 1:4 (all wearing PFDs) or 1:2 (not in PFDs).

Become a Lifeguard

Become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

Getting certified is the first step towards working as an aquatics leader. After you have finished your courses, you will be qualified to work at the YMCA (and many other organizations that recognize our Lifesaving Society credentials).

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Our aquatic programs are about more than just techniques and skills; they are about building friendships, developing self-esteem and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime.

Take a look at the levels and programs we offer below, and contact your local branch to learn about specific location offerings. See you in the pool!