Learn to Swim at the YMCA


Are Swimming Lesson Available for Members and NonMembers?

Swimming lessons are open to members and non-members. Registration dates for swimming lessons however vary by membership status. Please consult our registration calendar for a complete list of dates.  


What You'll Learn at YMCA Swimming Lessons

YMCA swimming lessons are designed to help you learn more in a safe and inviting environment. 

If you’re just starting out and want to discover how to learn swimming we have lessons just for you. If you’re more experienced we offer a complete range of progressive swim lessons to advance your skills.  

From teaching kids swimming to adult swimming lessons — learn to swim at the YMCA no matter what level your aquatic skills are at. 
Swim Starters is for parents and their infants or toddlers. Here you’ll learn to be comfortable in the water and develop essential swimming skills through fun and confidence-building experiences.

Swim Basics is for swimmers who want to learn more about personal water safety. Students will learn about water acclimations, movement and stamina. The outcome will be the achievement of basic swimming competency.

Swim Strokes is for those that have mastered the fundamentals. If this is you, you’ll learn additional water safety skills and build your stroke technique.

If you’re ready to start taking swimming lessons now, then register for swim lessons online. If you’re not sure which stage to enroll in, then read more about what you’ll learn at YMCA swim lessons.

Summer Swimming Camps

Summer camp registration is just around the corner — registration opens in early January! 

There’s a summer camp for every kid at the Y, and swimming summer camps are awesome for your little aquatic enthusiasts! If your child loves the water, then our swimming summer camps are perfect. 

Each day children get introduced to new water sports and games. Not only will they enjoy the fun of the pool, they’ll also take part in traditional camp activities — team building, character development, and arts & crafts.

Read more about the YMCA swimming summer camps. If you’d like to keep up to date, then sign up for summer camp information.

A Wide Range of YMCA Swim Lessons

If you’re interested in learning how to swim, or in advancing your skills YMCA swim lessons will have something for all ages and stages. Our progressive swim lessons teach swimming skills, stroke technique and water safety while encouraging a lifelong love of the water. 

If you need help choosing the right swim lesson for you or your child, then visit our Swim Lesson Selector. Private lessons are also available.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine has six convenient locations offering a wide selection of swimming lessons all year.

YMCA swimming classes include:

Parent/Child Swim Lessons >
Preschool Swim Lessons >
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Adult Swim Lessons >
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Frequently Asked Questions About Swimming

We’ve assembled a list of the most commonly asked questions about swimming at the Y. Learn about swim classes for babies near me, children's swimming lessons, which swimming lesson is right for you and more. 

If you’re ready to start taking swimming lessons now, then Register for swim lessons today. If you’re not sure where to start, then visit our FAQs about swimming.

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