Youth Swimming Lessons

Our swim lessons help adults, parents, and kids who want to learn a life skill by increasing their knowledge, ability, and stamina to build smart, strong swimmers and confident kids.

  • At the Y, we believe swimming is a life skill.
  • The Y has more than 110 years of experience teaching people to swim.
  • We have certified, caring staff trained to handle swimmers of all abilities and all ages.
  • Y swim lessons stress positive values and give kids the opportunity to practice them, growing kids’ self-esteem and self-worth, while they have a great time.
  • The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
  • Program fee assistance is available to those who qualify.
  • Our approach differs because we use skill-based instruction that maximizes physical activity, emphasizes safety, and elevates character development to engage families in our community.

Fee: Early Bird $30/ Y Members $50/Community; after early bird $35/Y Members $55/Community. Early Bird pricing ends 7 days prior to class start.

Click on the button to read about the appropriate stage for your swimmer
Classes meet once per week on the same day/time. Register for the session and day/time that works best for your schedule.

Swim Starters*
A parent will be in the pool with child, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence- building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. *This class meets once a week.
Ages: 6 month through 2 years
Class length: 30 minutes

Swim Basics Levels 1, 2 and 3
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim— sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit. Jump, push, turn and grab.
Ages: 3-5 years
Class length: 45 minutes

Swim Strokes Levels 4, 5 and 6
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
Ages: 5yrs and up
Class length: 45 minutes

Saturdays March 2 - April 13 Swim Starters* 10-10:30am Levels 1-6 10-10:45am or 10:50-11:35am
Mondays March 4 - April 15 Swim Starters* 10:30-11:00am Levels 1-6 4:30-5:15pm
Tuesdays March 5 – April 16 Levels 1-6 4:30-5:15pm
Wednesdays March 6 – April 17 Swim Starters* 5:00-5:30pm
Thursdays March 7 – April 18 Levels 1-6 10:15-11:00am, 4:30-5:15pm
*Classes run 1 time per week for 7 weeks Register at the Itasca County Family YMCA or call 218-327-1161

Saturdays April 20 – June 1 Swim Starters* 10-10:30am Levels 1-6 10-10:45am or 10:50-11:35am
Mondays April 22 – June 3 COST early bird $26/$46; after early bird $31/$54 (early bird pricing 7 days prior to class start and 6 week session so prorated price)Swim Starters* 10:30-11:00am Levels 1-6 4:30-5:15pm
Tuesdays April 23 – June 4 Levels 1-6 3:45-4:15 pm, 4:35-5:20pm
Wednesdays April 24 – June 5 Swim Starters* 5:00-5:30pm
Thursdays April 25 – June 6 Levels 1-6 10:15-11:00am, 3:45-4:15 pm, 4:35-5:20pm
*Classes run 1 time per week for 7 weeks Register at the Itasca County Family YMCA or call 218-327-1161


Stop by the Membership Desk and fill out a Private Swim Lesson Request Form or contact Aquatics Director, Trisha Peterson, for more information and instructor/pool availability.

Members: $75 for five 30 minute lessons; Community: $100 for five 30 minute lessons