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Swimming Lessons & Aquatics Training

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.

YWCA Midtown offers Swim PODS for household members. Reserve a “pod space” within our pool area for open family swim. Learn more on our PODS Activities information page.


Family POD Activities

Family fitness PODs are available at YWCA Downtown on a first-come, first-serve basis. Swim and gym PODs are available at YWCA Midtown by reservation only.

Group Swim Lessons

Group swim lessons offer an excellent opportunity for infants, toddlers, youth and adults alike to develop their skills, learn water safety and gain confidence in a supportive environment. YWCA Minneapolis boasts a wide range of swimming courses year round, covering all ages and abilities.

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

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.

Masters Swim Team

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.

Otters Youth Swim Team

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.

Master the Water with YWCA Swimming Classes

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).

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