Why swim with the YMCA? 

  • Since 1931, the YMCA has been a leader in aquatics in Canada. The YMCA developed the first nationally recognized learn-to-swim program and has continued to train aquatic leaders ever since.
  • The YMCA focuses on helping people develop. Each swimmer is challenged to grow and improve; the achievement levels are tools to help mark progress on skill acquisition and help parents understand the instructional curriculum. Children are continually challenged and are constantly introduced to new skills within each level.
  • YMCA staff ensure children master the technical swimming skills while helping children understand and live the YMCA Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility 

Backyard Swim Program

This new program provides opportunities for structured swim lessons, provided by certified YMCA Lifeguards and Instructors, in the comfort of your own backyard pool. Each lesson block includes four lessons, forty-five minutes each, for up to three swimmers of the same age and ability (these can be family members or close friends).

You have three options of your lessons being scheduled:

  • One-week blocks (Monday – Thursday)
  • Two-week blocks (e.g. Tuesday/Thursday)
  • Single days (e.g. four Saturdays)

Each four-session block costs $260.00 +HST

Homeowners will need to meet requirements set out in our Backyard Pool Homeowner’s agreement (e.g. insurance, pool chemistry, parent or guardian present, etc.). These will be shared with you in advance.

All COVID-19 restrictions as set by the provincial government will be adhered to.

For more information or to inquire about private swim lessons, please e-mail us.

YMCA L’il Dippers | 6 months-5 years

L’il Dippers 1

  • Goal in class is to build values and introduce a wide range of water activities in a fun, safe atmosphere.
  • Skills taught include comfort in the water; splashes with arms and legs; pool area orientation; hold wall and kick feet; and front/back float assisted.

L’il Dippers 2

  • Bobbers: hold wall kick and blow bubbles, front and back glide assisted, water hazards
  • Floaters: bobs unassisted, front and back glide with kick 3 metres, how and when to wear a personal flotation device
  • Gliders: deep water skills, front and back swim 5 metres, accessing EMS
  • Divers: surface support 10 seconds, front and back swim 10 metres, boating safety
  • Surfers: kneeling dive, front and back swim 15 metres, ice safety
  • Dippers: surface support 45 seconds, front and back swim 25 metres, introduction to throwing assists

Learn to Swim | 6+ years

  • Otter: Going under water and gliding on top of the water
  • Seal: Using flutter kick and rolling the body from side to side for streamlined movement through water
  • Dolphin: Coordinating arms, legs and breathing for smooth propulsion during front and back crawl
  • Swimmer: Front and back crawl stroke standards, treading water for 1 minute, and 25 metre endurance swim

YMCA Star Program | 6+ years

  • Star 1: Whip kick on their back, and 75 metre endurance swim
  • Star 2: Whip kick on their front, eggbeater as surface support and 100 metre endurance swim
  • Star 3: Elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, and 200 metre endurance swim
  • Star 4: Breaststroke, side stroke, and 350 metre endurance swim

YMCA Star Leadership Program | 6+ years

  • Star 5: Butterfly, throwing a buoyant aid to a swimmer, create and teach a water game, and 500 m endurance swim
  • Star 6: First aid, towing someone to safety, demonstrate how to teach a skill, and 600 m endurance swim.
  • Star 7: First aid, teach someone a skill using effective feedback, and 400 m in 12 minutes endurance swim.

Lifesaving Fitness: Bronze, Silver, Gold | 10+ years

  • Work on physical standards for aquatic leadership courses
  • Prerequisite: Star 7 or equivalent
  • Course Fee: $0