Swimming is a part of life in the land of 10,000 lakes. With lap pools, whirlpools, swimming lessons, swim teams, and more, the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities provides a safe environment for swimmers of all ages and abilities. At our fitness centers, you can learn a lifelong skill, develop water safety skills, make regular swimming a part of your workout plan, discover the health benefits of swimming and build confidence.

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Late Fall classes and lessons begin October 31—sign up today.

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Swim Lessons

All ages—from infants to seniors—can participate in Swim Lessons. Choose from day, evening and weekend swimming class schedules designed to fit your family’s busy life.

Swim Team

This competitive program offers children and teens ages five to 18 years an opportunity to work with trained coaches to improve swimming skills, endurance and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Certifications and training

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to provide care and act in an emergency through lifeguard training, CPR training, first aid training or babysitting safety training.

Swim tests, policies and facilities 

Learn about programs and guidelines to keep swimmers safe at Y pools.

Water Safety Program

A free program for kids ages five to 14 years to learn how to stay safe around water, including personal water safety techniques and what to do if they see someone who needs help.

Water Exercise classes

Group Water Exercise classes provide a low-impact workout in the pool. Free for YMCA members and no registration required.

Financial assistance

Special rates are available for those who meet income requirements—everyone is welcome to apply to participate in swimming. Learn more