Swim Lessons


Free Swim Assessment

Are you unsure what level swim lessons your child needs? Now there are no more questions! Stop by for a FREE swim assessment. Assessments given by a qualified swim instructor. Please call your YMCA for available day/time.

Swim testing is also available upon request. Please call your YMCA Aquatics Director for more information.


About Our Swim Lesson Offerings

We’ll teach your child to swim confidently and stay safe. You’ll receive resources and weekly feedback to help you become an active participant in your child’s learning process. Together, we’ll focus on water safety, having fun and building character.

To register, just sign your child up for the appropriate age range below (Parent/Child, Preschool or School Age). On the first day of class, instructors will determine the starting “stage” for your child and place them into the appropriate lesson group. From there, children progress at their own pace. (No make-up lessons available.)


Parent/Child (ages 6m-3y) Swim Lessons

(Ages 6 months to 3 years) Promotes water enrichment and aquatic-readiness activities for children and their parents or other trusted adults. In this program, the developmental experiences of each child are used to build the child's self-confidence. Parents learn from the instructor's example how to guide their children through positive reinforcement and appropriate praise. So let's just pool it!

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Preschool (ages 3-5) Swim Lessons

Children (Ages 3-6) These programs offer children their first experience in the water without a parent. Children are taught basic skills that are the building blocks of swimming, including: water propulsion, floating, body awareness and independence. They are also taught some general aquatic safety and pool games. Children will be taught with and without the use of various instructional flotation devices.

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School Age (ages 5-12) Swim Lessons

Children (Ages 6-13) These programs follow the YMCA of the USA’s guidelines to swim lessons. There is a focus on five main points: personal growth, personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescue.

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Group Adult Swim Lessons

(Ages 18+) It's never too late to learn or improve your swimming skills. Participants must be able to front and back float independently and swim half the length of the pool. This class is for the more advanced beginner who is already comfortable in the water, but is ready to take it to the next step.

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The following YMCA of Metro Chicago centers are offering Swim classes:

YMCA Center Address View Schedule
Buehler 1400 West Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067 click here
Elmhurst 211 W. First St., Elmhurst, IL 60126 click here
Foglia 1025 N. Old McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 60047 click here
Fry 2120 W. 95th St., Naperville, IL 60564 click here
Greater LaGrange 1100 E. 31st St., LaGrange Park, IL 60526 click here
Hastings Lake 1995 Grass Lake Rd., Lindenhurst, IL 60046 click here
High Ridge 2424 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL 60645 click here
Indian Boundary 711 59th St., Downers Grove, IL 60516 click here
Irving Park 4251 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641 click here
Kroehler Family 34 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540 click here
Lake View 3333 N. Marshfield, Chicago, IL 60657 click here
Lattof 300 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines, IL 60016 click here
Leaning Tower 6300 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, IL 60714 click here
Sage 701 Manor Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 click here
South Chicago 3039 E. 91st St., Chicago, IL 60617 click here
South Side 6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637 click here
West Communities 6235 S. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL 60629 click here



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