Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%

The Y is known as “America’s Swim Instructor.” In fact, we are credited for being the first to develop a group swim instruction program in 1909. Although we have come a long way since that first group swim lesson, we are still leading the way in drowning prevention and water safety education!

Safety is our #1 priority. At the Y, all Swim Instructors are certified and knowledgeable in our nationally recognized swim lesson curriculum. To ensure the safety of our guests and program participants, all YMCA pools have a certified lifeguard on duty at all times. The health of your child and family is very important to us. Our Covid-19 mitigation strategies align with state, local and national guidelines.  As our community manages the pandemic our strategies for mitigation will be updated.  At this time the following practices are in place:

  • Participants and their guardians will go through a wellness check prior to entering the program area.
  • We ask that participants wash/sanitize their hands prior to entering the program area.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear their masks when social distancing cannot be maintained and while indoors.
  • Participants are limited to 1 guardian watching from the pool deck in the designated seating areas.
  • All areas that are considered high touch areas will be sanitized regularly.
  • Sanitation stations with hand sanitizer will always be available.
  • We request that participants do not attend if they or someone in their household is experiencing symptoms of illness.
  • Participants will be spaced out while resting on the wall during their lesson.
  • Instructional equipment is sanitized before and after use.

Now Offering:

Read more about group swim lesson options at Lohse, Northwest, and Ott YMCA below! There will not be group swim lessons at the Lighthouse location in July. We recommend the Northwest or Ott locations.

SAFETY AROUND WATER

This grant-funded program consists of eight 30-minute classes that will help reduce your child’s risk of drowning. The goal of Safety Around Water is to teach children how to successfully reach safety if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly or if they become too exhausted. This is done by emphasizing benchmark skills like jump-push-turn-grab and swim-float-swim. Individuals are only able to register for one session of Safety Around Water to ensure others have an opportunity to join this program.

Ages: Children 3 – 14 years (this independent class is separated into smaller age groups; preschool and youth)

Pricing: FREE for all!

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Beginning July 3-August 21: Saturday mornings at Northwest
  • Beginning July 5-15 and 19-29: Monday – Thursday mornings at Northwest
  • Beginning July 6-29: Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Ott Family YMCA
  • Beginning July 7-30: Wednesday and Friday evenings at Lohse Family YMCA

SWIM STARTERS

This program consists of four 30-minute classes that will help infants/toddlers become comfortable in the water while teaching their guardians how to encourage water safety behaviors, supervise children in and around the water, prevent accidents, and plan for emergencies.

Ages: Infants/Toddles 6 months – 2 years (and their guardian)

Pricing: Facility Members $25; Program Members $50
NOTE: If your child is currently an active Facility Member or Program Member you can use the link below to register. If they are not an active member (facility or program), you will first need to email aquatics@TucsonYMCA.org.

Upcoming Sessions:

SWIM BASICS

This program consists of four 30-minute classes that will help children develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits and basic swimming skills.

Ages: Children 3 – 12 years (this independent class is separated into smaller age groups; preschool and youth)

Pricing: Facility Members $25; Program Members $50
NOTE: If your child is currently an active Facility Member or Program Member you can use the link below to register. If they are not an active member (facility or program), you will first need to email aquatics@TucsonYMCA.org.

Upcoming Sessions:

JULY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Register for Swim Lessons Today! 

COMING SOON!

  • Individual Lessons (all ages/skills, 1 participant: 1 Instructor)
  • Buddy Lessons (all ages/skills, 2 participants: 1 Instructor)