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Group Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons for All Abilities!

Swimming can be relaxing or competitive, solitary or group-oriented — but it should always be enjoyable and safe! At YWCA Minneapolis, we provide support and lessons for every swimmer, regardless of age or ability. Whether you’ve got a future member of our Otters Swim Team on your hands or you’re hoping to improve your own stroke technique, we have the perfect course to fit you or your family’s needs.

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.

In our selection of courses, you’ll find classes for children and adults who are just beginning to swim, as well as more advanced options for swimmers looking to refine their technique. Our courses are appropriately separated by age, and some advanced classes require participants to be comfortable with certain swimming milestones before enrolling.

Current Swim Session: April 13 – June 9, 2019

Group Swim Lesson Rates

7-lesson session:

Locations: YWCA Midtown and YWCA Uptown

Members $55
Nonmembers $100

Intro to Swim Team:

Locations: YWCA Midtown and YWCA Uptown

Members $64
Nonmembers $100

How to Register

YWCA Minneapolis offers multiple ways to register for group swim classes. You can register online or stop by the Member Services Desk of your YWCA Minneapolis location. If registering by phone, call 612-215-4333 for our Midtown facility or 612-874-7131 for our Uptown facility.

Swim Class Descriptions and Level Placement

Explore below for our full list of group swim classes and check out our swim lesson policies for additional reminders.

NOTE: Classes may be combined with similar level classes. Participants will still be taught at an appropriate skill level based on their ability and readiness.

 

Swim Class Descriptions and Schedules

 

Click the swim classes below to view the dates and times that swim class is available.

Parent and Child: Swimmer Age: 6 months - 36 months

Parent/Child Level 1

Familiarize children with the water and teach swimming readiness skills. Provide safety information for parents and teach techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water. Prerequisites: child must be at least 6 months old. Parent/guardian must accompany child to each class.

Days: Tu & Sa
Location: Midtown

Type Water Fitness

Parent/Child Level 2

Improve skills learned in PC Lv1, teach more advanced skills and build on water safety knowledge. Prerequisites: child must be at least 6 months old. Parent/guardian must accompany child to each class.

Days: Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown

Type Water Fitness

Beginner Swimming: Swimmer Age: 3 - 12 years

Level 1 (6-12 years):

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. Prerequisites: Comfortable in the water without assistance from a parent or guardian.

Days: Su, Tu, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Level 2 (6-12 years)

Builds on the skills learned in Preschool/Level 1 and fundamental skills, such as floating and basic locomotion. Prerequisites: With assistance glide on front at least 2 body lengths with face in the water, then roll to back and float for 3 seconds.

Days: Su, Tu, Th & Sa
Location: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Level 3 (6-12 years)

Builds on the skills learned in Preschool/Level 2 with less assistance and greater distance/time. Prerequisites: With assistance glide on front at least 2 body lengths with face in the water, then roll to back and float for 3 seconds.

Days: Su, Tu, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Preschool 1 (3-5 years)

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. Prerequisites: Comfortable in the water without assistance from a parent or guardian.

Days: Su, Tu, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Preschool 2 (3-5 years):

Builds on the skills learned in Preschool/Level 1 and fundamental skills, such as floating and basic locomotion. Prerequisites: With assistance glide on front at least 2 body lengths with face in the water, then roll to back and float for 3 seconds.

Days: Su, Tu, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Preschool 3 (3-5 years)

Builds on the skills learned in Preschool/Level 2 with less assistance and greater distance/time. Prerequisites: With assistance glide on front at least 2 body lengths with face in the water, then roll to back and float for 3 seconds.

Days: Su, Tu, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Intermediate to Advanced Swimming: Swimmer Age: 6 - 12 years

Level 3

Builds on fundamental stroke and safety skills with practice in deeper water. Prerequisites: Able to float on front for 5 seconds and back for 15 seconds. Swim for 5 body lengths using combined arm and leg action on both front and back.

Days: Su, Tu, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Level 4

Improve fundamental skills and introduces advanced safety topics and strokes. Prerequisites: Able to jump into deep water and swim 15 yards of front crawl, float or tread water for 30 seconds in deep water and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

Days: Su, Tu, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Level 5/6

Refine and perfect fundamental skills and continues to introduce advanced safety topics and strokes. Prerequisites: Able to jump into deep water and swim 25 yards of front crawl, float or tread water for 30 seconds in deep water and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

Days: Tu, Sa
Locations: Midtown

Type Water Fitness
Class Length 40 mins

Introduction to Swim Team & Swim Camps

Intro to Swim Team

Progress beyond the swim lesson experience and into the skills needed for a typical swim team or swim practice group. The 55-minute practice meets weekly and covers stroke improvements in the four competitive strokes, starts and turns, and basic prep work for team participation. Prerequisites: Swimmers need to be comfortable swimming 25 yards of each of the four competition strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly).

Days: Su, Th, Sa
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Otters Swim Team Prep

Visit ywcaotters.com or call the Coaching Office at 612-215-4224 for more training opportunities

Type Water Fitness

Adult & Youth Swimming

Adult Beginner (15+)

Help participants gain basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes. Teach skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water and to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency.

Days: Su, Tu
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness

Adult Intermediate — Stroke Focus

Participants build on basic skills learned in Adult Beginner (bubbles, forward motion, kicking and arms) and learn additional swim stroke techniques (different kicks and arms, rotary breathing). This class is ideal for swimmers who are comfortable in the water and want to turn basic movement into specific swim strokes. To enroll, students must be comfortable going underwater, inhaling above the water and exhaling into the water (bubbles). Participants must also be able to swim 15 yards unaided.

Days: Su, Th
Locations: Midtown, Uptown

Type Water Fitness