YMCA of Greater Houston

Swim Lessons

Parent Orientation Video

YMCA Swim Lessons have changed to help students gain more confidence in the water.

New, Improved Swim Lessons

  • Small instructor-to-student ratios
  • Classes feature more time in the water and time for instruction
  • Parent/Child classes feature a skill-based model for introductory to advanced levels
  • Achievement Log tracks a student's progress as swimming skills are mastered
  • Click here to see some frequently asked questions.

The Y offers a wide range of swimming options. Structured classes are divided by age and skill level and taught by certified instructors who guide with praise and encouragement. Students will improve swimming skills, build confidence in the water and learn personal safety.

Group Swim Lessons

For preschool and youth swimming, instructors assess skills on the first day and group students based on their abilities.

YMCA Swimming Lessons

Preschool Swimming (ages 3–5)
  • Children will begin learning how to swim with their face underwater, how to jump in the pool and how to retrieve toys from the bottom of the pool
  • Class emphasizes skills of position, arm movements, kicking, floating and breathing
Youth Swimming (ages 6–12)

Kids will learn six strokes: freestyle, elementary backstroke, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly

Parent/Child Swim Introductory Class (parents and children ages 6-36 months)

Introduces water safety, comfort in the water, water entry and exit techniques, breath control, swimming on the front and back, and basic swimming skills

Parent/Child Advanced Class

For children who have successfully mastered the introductory class and have instructor approval. As a prerequisite, children are required to be able to hold their breath underwater and move through the water independently.

  • Parent/child team will work on advanced skills including endurance and underwater swimming
  • Class focuses on the skills of jumping in, surfacing, back floating, swimming to the side and exiting the pool
Adult Swim Lessons
  • Lessons are geared toward the adult student's level of comfort and ability
  • Available for first-time swimmers and those who want to tune up their skills

To sign up for a child or adult swim lessons course, click here.

Specialty Classes and Stroke Development Clinics

  • One week sessions fit your family's schedule
  • Specialty skill classes will improve individual strokes
Swim-Float-Swim (ages 3-12)
  • Students are divided into age groups
  • Sessions consist of four 30-minute classes
  • Teaches life-saving, drowning prevention skills: how to jump into the water and return to the side of the pool
  • Covers safety precautions around the water and water safety skills
Teen Swim Leaders Program (ages 12-15)

Available for teens who would like to volunteer as a Swim Lesson Assistant alongside a certified YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor.

  • Interested teens will receive four hours of training
  • After successfully completing the training session, candidates will be allowed to sign up to assist with swim lessons throughout the summer.
Youth Stroke Development Clinics (ages 5+)

For students who have already been introduced to swimming strokes but wish to improve or perfect their technique.

  • Skill clinics include: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly
  • Clinics consist of four 30-minute lessons

To sign up for a child or adult swim lessons course, click here.