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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

Upcoming Session Dates

Spring 2021 (6 weeks)
April 24 – June 6 (no classes May 29 – 31)
Registration starts: April 12

How to Register

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

Spring group swim lessons begin April 24

  • Register online or in-person beginning Monday, April 12. For in-person, register at the 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 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 – 3.5 years

Toddler with Adult (6 mo – 3.5 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

Beginner with Adult: 2.5 – 12 years

Preschool Beginner with Adult (2.5 – 6 years)

Learn to be safe in and around water. Build basic skills and progress towards swimming fundamentals. Prerequisites: A parent or household member 15+ must accompany the child in the water.

Type Water Fitness
Class Length 30 mins

School-Age Beginner with Adult (5 – 12 years)

Learn to be safe in and around water. Build basic skills and progress towards swimming fundamentals. Prerequisites: A parent or household member 15+ must accompany the child in the water.

Type Water Fitness
Class Length 30 mins

Intermediate Swimming: 6 – 14 years

Level 3: Stroke Development (6 – 12 years)

Level 3 builds on fundamental stroke and safety skills and 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
Class Length 30 mins

Level 4: Stroke Improvement (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
Class Length 45 mins

Level 5/6: Stroke Proficiency (6 – 14 years)

Focuses on stroke technique, builds endurance and additional safety skills. Prerequisites: Swim 25 yards of front crawl, change direction and swim 25 yards of elementary backstroke. Swim 15 yards of breaststroke, change direction and swim 15 yards of backcrawl.

Type Water Fitness
Class Length 45 mins