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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.

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Group Swim Lesson Rates

6-lesson session:

Locations: YWCA Midtown

Members $54
Nonmembers $90

How to Register

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

  • Register online beginning Monday, October 26
  • Register in-person: Member Services Desk at YWCA Midtown
  • Register via phone: 612-215-4333

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

Questions? Email 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.

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

Parent and Tot

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.

Type Water Fitness

Beginner Swimming: Swimmer Age: 2 - 10 years


The purpose of the course is to facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. Children will progress through skills from full support of adults and floatation to independent skill completion. Skills include floating, submersion and basic locomotion. Prerequisites: A parent or household member 15+ must accompany the child in the water.

Type Water Fitness

Intermediate Swimming: Swimmer Age: 5 - 13 years

Level 3: Stroke Development (5 – 13 years)

Builds on fundamental stroke and safety skills with practice in deeper water. This class will work in both leisure and lap pools. 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.

Type Water Fitness

Level 4: Stroke Improvement (6 – 13 years)

Improve fundamental skills and introduce advanced safety topics and strokes. Additional swim strokes and distance requirements. 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

Upcoming Classes

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