Swim Lessons & Aquatics

Enjoy year-round aquatics programming in our warm-water combination lap and leisure pool. We offer swim lessons for all ages, open swim, family swim and group water exercise.

Swim Lessons

The Y Swim Academy is a unique program, designed to promote safe, effective swimming for all ages—from infants learning to love the water to advanced swimmers perfecting their strokes.

Not sure which level to choose?

Review lesson descriptions, or contact an Aquatics Manager to schedule a free skill-level assessment. 

Need to register more than one child?

Download the Swim Lessons Schedule for a consolidated class list, or contact an Aquatics Manager.

Parent and Child, six months to three years

The goal for these lessons is water adjustment. Through songs and games, we help your child get comfortable in the water and learn basic paddling and kicking motions. Get detailed descriptions for all Parent and Child lessons, or find lessons at St. Paul Midway:

Preschool Child, three to five years

These lessons are for new swimmers and are designed to promote gradual independence and basic stroke development. Get detailed descriptions for all Preschool Child lessons, or find lessons at St. Paul Midway:

School-Age Child, five to 12 years

In these lessons, swimmers work on stroke refinement and work toward more advanced skills. Get detailed descriptions for all School-Age Child lessons, or find lessons at St. Paul Midway:

Specialty Classes, all ages

Specialty classes help water lovers take their skills to the next level. Get detailed specialty class descriptions for all Twin Cities locations, or find classes at St. Paul Midway:

Teen, 13-17 years

These lessons are just for teens. Get , or find lessons at St. Paul Midway:

Adult, 18 years and up

Adults can learn to swim, or work to refine their skills in these lessons. Get detailed descriptions for all Adult lessons, or find lessons at St. Paul Midway:

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.

Our Certifications and Training can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to provide care and act in an emergency.

Group Exercise classes in the pool

Beyond swimming, the Y offers several water exercise classes that are free for YMCA members.