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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.

COVID-19 Safety Policies

We’ve developed a plan and process to help keep everyone safe. Click here to read our full policies and processes.

Early Fall Session: Sept. 11 – Oct. 23, 2021

Late Fall Session: Oct. 30 – Dec. 19, 2021

 

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Group Swim Lesson Rates

30-minute (7 classes):

YWCA Midtown

Members $60
Nonmembers $100

45-minute (7 classes)

YWCA Midtown

Members $65
Nonmembers $110

30-minute (7 classes):

YWCA Uptown

Members $66
Nonmembers $105

40-minute (7 classes):

YWCA Uptown

Members $70
Nonmembers $115

Participating child(ren) must be a YWCA Minneapolis member to receive the member rate.

Upcoming Session Dates

Early Fall 2021 (7 weeks)
September 11 – October 28
Online registration for members starts: August 30
Open registration opens: September 1

Late Fall 2021 (7 weeks)
October 30 – December 19
Online registration for members starts: October 18
Open registration opens: October 20

How to Register

Please have the class information (code) and a credit card ready.

Late Fall group swim lessons begin October 30

  • Register online or in-person beginning October 20. For in-person, register at the Member Services Desk at YWCA Midtown or Uptown
  • Register via phone: YWCA Midtown (612-215-4333), YWCA Uptown (612-215-4224)

Members can also register on the “MY YWCA” app (Download on App Store or Google Play Store™ )

Questions? Email swimlessons@ywcampls.org or leave a voicemail at 612-215-4342.

Swim Class Descriptions and Level Placement

Explore below for our full list of group swim classes.

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

View upcoming swim classes and descriptions below.

Toddler with Adult (6 mo - 3 years)

Toddler with Adult (6 mo – 3 years)

Introduces basic skills, including safety topics, to parent and infant/toddler. Develops comfort in the water. Prerequisites: Child must be at least 6 months old. Adult or household member 15 or old must accompany infant/toddler in water.

Type Water Fitness
Class Length 30 mins

Preschool (3 - 5 years)

Preschool Level 1

Preschoolers learn to enjoy the water safely and perform basic skills in the water. The class will work on progressing the children's independent waters skills with support.

Type Water Fitness

Preschool Level 2/3

Learn to be safe, in and around the water. Build basic skills and progress towards swimming fundamentals. Prerequisites: Student must have successfully completed Preschool level 1 or equivalent skills.

Type Water Fitness

School-Age Beginner

School-Age Beginner (6 – 12 years)

Learn to be safe in and around water. Build basic skills and progress towards swimming fundamentals.

Type Water Fitness
Class Length 30 mins

Intermediate (6 - 14 years)

Level 3 (6 – 12 years)

Level 3 builds on basic skills learned in beginner class. Develop fundamental stroke and safety skills and explore skill practice in deeper water. Prerequisites: Able to float on front and back independently for at least 15 seconds. Swim for at least 5 body lengths using combined arm and leg action on both front and back. Pass Preschool Level 3 or Learn to Swim Level 2.

Type Water Fitness

Level 4 (6 – 13 years)

Improves fundamental skills and introduces advanced safety topics and strokes (breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly). 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.

Type Water Fitness

Older Beginner (9 - 16 years)

Older Beginner

Our older beginner class is perfect for non-swimming kids who are ages 9 - 16.

Type Water Fitness

Adult Beginner (15+)

Adult Beginner

Learn to be safe, in and around the water. Build basic skills (e.g. floating, breathing) and progress towards swimming fundamentals (forward movement).

Type Water Fitness

Adult Intermediate (15+)

Adult Intermediate

Build on basic skills learned in beginner class. Develop fundamental stroke and safety skills and explore skill practice in deeper water. Prerequisites: Able to float on front and back independently for at least 15 seconds. Swim for at least 5 body lengths using combined arm and leg action on both front and back.

Type Water Fitness