Confidence in the Water
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages, swim leagues, Masters swim, adaptive swim, community water safety outreach, and more. Swim year-round in our heated, indoor pools!
Meet our NEW swim program: the same knowledgable instructors and informative lessons with a new format and new names. We have divided it into three classes with stages for each to help swimmers progress.
|Swim Starters||Swim Basics||Swim Strokes|
|Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills.||Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency.||Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique.|
|A / Water Discovery||1 / Water Acclimation||4 / Stroke Introduction|
|B / Water Exploration||2 / Water Movement||5 / Stroke Development|
|3 / Water Stamina||6 / Stroke Mechanics|
Swim Classes are available for both members and non-members.
Registration for Winter II Session begins Monday, February 19, 2018. Click the links below to see class pricing, dates and times for each branch.
JUNIOR DOLPHINS | Benton Harbor-St. Joseph | Designed for swimmers who want to learn strokes and experience swim team without attending meets. To participate in this class, the swimmer must be able to swim one length of the pool, without a flotation device or other aid, while practicing both freestyle and backstroke.
DOLPHINS | Benton Harbor-St. Joseph | For ages 5 to 18 years old, joining the Dolphins Swim Team is a great way for kids to discover friendship, excitement, and self-confidence that comes from competitive swimming.
MARINERS | Niles-Buchanan | For ages 5 to 18 years old, the mission of the team is to teach and promote the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
AQUA GREYHOUNDS MASTERS | Benton Harbor-St. Joseph | This is an adult (18+) aquatics program offering structured workout sessions, coached swimming analysis, and feedback. Whether you are a fitness swimmer or triathlete in training, we welcome everyone to the team!
Private Swim Lessons
Punch cards for private and semi-private swim lessons are available at both branches! Please contact Member Service at your preferred branch for details.
Become a certified lifeguard through the American Red Cross! Those who join the YMCA as a lifeguard upon successful completion of the course will have the $195 refunded.