The YMCA of Greater Brandywine believes that everyone should learn important water safety skills so they can explore a world of possibilities and safely satisfy their natural curiosity. Progressive programs offer swimmers of all levels and abilities a path to build skills and develop confidence around the water. 

Swimming categories


The YMCA of Greater Brandywine offers diving instruction, open diving times and use of the diving well at the West Chester Area YMCA throughout the year. 

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Lap Swimming

Lap Swim and Open Swim are available to members throughout the day for lap swimming or recreational swim. 

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Lifeguard Certification

Train to become lifeguard certified and learn about water safety and life-saving procedures. This three- to four-day training includes first aid, CPR, AED and more. Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be license through Ellis and Associates. 

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Open Swim

Open swim is for individuals and families who would like to enjoy our many indoor and outdoor pools for recreational swimming. During open swim times individuals are encouraged to enjoy general exercise, recreation or water play.

All swimmers under 12 years of age must abide by the swim test policy.

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Outdoor Pool

Nothing is better than jumping in a swimming pool on a hot day—and the YMCA has plenty of them. Our pools feature water slides, water features, kiddie pools, shaded spaces, play areas and more – all monitored by our Ellis trained lifeguards.

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Swim Team

Want to swim competitively in a fun and positive environment? Join the team! Swim team participants improve individual skills while swimming competitively both at the local and national levels. Coaches focus on proper technique while helping participants improve their endurance, learn teamwork and make friends.

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Swimming Lessons - Adult

Adult swimming lessons are for teens and adults ages 13 and up. A variety of adult swimming lessons are available starting with those who have little experience or who are not comfortable in the water or for those who want to strengthen their skills or refine their strokes. Private and semi-private lessons are also available. 

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Swimming Lessons - Evaluations

We offer swimming lessons for all ages and levels - from infants and toddlers to teens and adults. Our progressive swimming lessons teach kids how to swim through fun activities that teach swim skills, strokes and technique. Adults interested in learning to swim are encouraged to take private or semi-private swimming lessons. 

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Swimming Lessons - Parent/Child

Infant and toddler swimming lessons at the YMCA are for children ages 6 months to 3 years old. Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

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Swimming Lessons - Preschool

Preschool swimming lessons at the YMCA are for children between the ages of 3 - 5 and four levels are available based on ability.  Students learn crucial water safety skills and two benchmark skills: swim - float - swim and jump - push - turn - grab. 

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Swimming Lessons - Private

Some people learn better in one-on-one settings with friends or family. Our private or semi-private swimming lessons provide the flexibility of scheduling lessons around your needs. Swimmers receive a half-hour instruction from a trained swimming instructor. 

Individuals interested in semi-private lessons must register as a pair. Contact the member services desk to book a lesson. 


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Swimming Lessons - Youth

Youth swimming lessons at the YMCA are for children between the ages of 5 - 12 and six levels are available based on ability. Students learn crucial water safety skills and as they advance through the program focus more heavily in swimming strokes and technique. 

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