Despite what some may think, it’s never too late — or too early — to learn how to swim. YWCA Minneapolis offers convenient, high-quality swimming and aquatics training for all ages, from infant to adult. Our selection of classes, swim teams and safety courses allows you to choose an option that works for you or your child. In all of our classes, our trained instructors help participants achieve greater confidence and skill in the water.
YWCA Minneapolis offers classes year-round, with sessions starting in winter, spring, summer and fall. Take some time to peruse our available lessons and determine which option best suits your needs.
For the time being, some of the offerings below won’t be available as we gradually and safely reopen our fitness facilities. As we reopen, you can be certain your health and safety is our top priority. Working out at the gym will feel a little different, but we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming experience. We appreciate your help and understanding as we work through this time together. Learn more about our reopening plan.
Note: This activity is currently suspended due to social distancing. As we begin to reopen our facilities, we will carefully evaluate when to resume these services in alignment with governmental orders and guidelines.
Private swim lessons provide clients with exceptional one-on-one training in the pool, with a qualified instructor at their side. Individual attention can benefit children requiring some extra help and elite swimmers looking to develop race strategies for competitions. YWCA Minneapolis offers both private and semi-private lessons to fit a variety of schedules and unique needs. Work with a skilled instructor to learn at your own pace and make the most of your lesson time, or consider taking a semi-private lesson alongside one or two friends of similar skill.
In addition to our youth swimming offerings, YWCA Minneapolis boasts our own masters swim program, which welcomes swimmers from ages 18 to 80. Practices cover a variety of topics, from triathlon training to stroke development. We even offer a class specifically for our senior masters!
If you can comfortably swim 200 yards of freestyle and are a member of United States Masters Swimming, YWCA’s masters swim team is for you. Signing up for the team gives you access to our award-winning coaching team and over 15 hours of practice options each week at our YWCA Downtown, Midtown and Uptown locations.
We encourage kids of all ages to give competitive youth swimming a go by trying out for our Otters Swim Team. Beginning and advanced swimmers alike improve their skills in a supportive environment complete with flexible practice schedules at our Uptown and Midtown locations. Our dedicated coaches are passionate about helping Otters become confident individuals in and out of the water. Swimmers will be placed in groups corresponding to their age and abilities, where they learn key skills like good sportsmanship and healthy nutrition habits.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to develop skills that make them feel safe and confident in the water. At YWCA Minneapolis, we offer a mix of lessons and courses that let you control what and how you learn. Still not sure which class is right for you or your child? We would be delighted to help you find your ideal option — just give us a call at 612-215-4333 (Midtown) or 612-874-7131 (Uptown).