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Are you thinking about enrolling in swimming lessons? If so, you have come to the right place. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Y teaches more than a million people invaluable water safety and swimming skills.


Lesson days and times listed in the session brochure are subject to change. Please click through to the registration site to see available lessons. Questions? Call your Member Service Desk.

Eau Claire Downtown YMCA 

  • SUMMER 1 - June 9-July 13 - No lessons July 4

    • Registration: Members: April 22 | Non-Members: April 29​

  • SUMMER 2 - July 14-August 15

    • Registration: Members: June 24 | Non-Members: July 1​

Chippewa Falls YMCA

  •  SUMMER 1 - June 3-July 13 - No lessons July 4

    • Registration: Members: April 22 | Non-Members: April 29​

  • SUMMER 2 - July 14-August 30

    • Registration: Members: July 3 | Non-Members: July 8​

Your swimmer will need to have their photo taken for their YMCA account before the first day of swim lessons for security purposes and in the case of a substitute swim instructor. Please stop by the Member Service Desk to have their photo taken today.


Parent & Child Swim Lessons

Builds basic water skills for both parents and children, helping infants and young children ages 6 months to about 3 years become comfortable in the water, so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water, and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water. 


Preschool Swim Lessons

For ages 3-5 years

Gives young children about ages 3 – 5 years a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival, and foundational swimming concepts. Skills are age-appropriate, helping participants achieve success on a regular basis while in a class environment with their peers.

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Early Learning Community Swim Lessons 

For Chippewa Falls YMCA Early Learning Children ONLY

A HUGE perk of having your child enrolled at the YMCA Early Learning Community is that they can go to swim lessons while in our care! Their teacher will bring them to and from lessons.

Learn To Swim | School Age Lessons

For ages 6-13 years

Based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers about 6 – 13 years of age develop their water safety, survival and swimming skills.  It is designed to give participants a positive learning experience.

Adult/Teen Swim Lessons

For ages 16+ years

Designed to help participants gain basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes to improve proficiency. Individuals choosing Beginner Swim Lessons may have a fear of the water, have very little to no swimming skills, and are ready to take the first step toward learning to swim.  You will work toward your own personal goals while working on water adjustment, gaining confidence, floating, basic swimming skills, and basic personal safety skills.


Adult Tri/Lap

Our Lap/Tri League offers coach and self-guided workouts per lane for different abilities. A coach will facilitate practice, help with time sets, technique instruction and offer one-on-one coaching for specific drills to promote swimming efficiency and injury prevention


Private Swim Lessons


Private lessons are 1:1 ratio with an experienced Swim Instructor within a 30-minute lesson.  Semi-Private lessons are 3:1 ratio with an experienced Swim Instructor for 30 minutes. Lessons are available for all levels, ages 3 to adult, and are arranged to fit your schedule based on pool availability. Participants work on swimming skills appropriate for their ability and in accordance with their individual goals.

**Only purchase lessons once you have an instructor assigned to your lesson.**

Our Red Cross Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety. We have compiled together a list of reasons why you should enroll in swimming lessons at the Y today.

1. Swimming is something you can do at any age.
This activity is something that lasts a lifetime and you can always improve it. Expose your child to swimming now and they will have a recreational, aerobic activity that they can continue to enjoy throughout the rest of their lives.

2. Be safe, since 71% of the world is water.
With those statistics, drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. Swimming lessons teach important safety skills to prevent drowning, which is the second
leading cause of unintentional injury and death among youth. 

3. Going to the beach or sending your child to summer camp?
Signing yourself or your kids up for swimming lessons will help improve confidence around the water year-round.

4. Swimming is good exercise.
Swimming is a fun and challenging way to help children and adults stay fit!

5. Swimming helps kids do better in school.
Swimming has been scientifically linked to better academic performance. Studies have found that children who swim during their developmental years achieve several physical and mental milestones faster than their non-swimming counterparts.

6. Swim lessons can help improve self-confidence.
Humans love mastering a new skill and take great pride in their achievements. Success always boosts self-confidence and makes us eager to take on further challenges.

7. Swim lessons can lead to other new adventures.
Swim lessons at any age can lead to the confidence one needs to try new activities. Whether you personally want to try something new like a new group exercise class or want to get your child involved in new adventures, swim lessons can be a great starting point.

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