Swim Lessons

One of the best gifts you can give your child (or yourself!) is to learn to swim. As "America's Swim Instructor," each year the Y teaches more than a million children water safety and swimming skills. We offer swim lessons for all ages that are designed to allow the participants to have fun in the water while learning important swimming skills. The curriculum follows YMCA of the USA’s National Safety and Core Skill Development Standards, and is based on the development abilities of each participant. Swimmers will learn the basic skills that build on one another as the levels increase. They also learn about water safety, water sports, games and rescue.

TO REGISTER FOR SWIM LESSONS PLEASE CALL KRISTEN AT 309-344-1324 OR EMAIL kwarren@knoxymca.org.

Lesson Fees are Monthly and ongoing.

Member Monthly Rate: $37 Non-Member Monthly Rate: $74


Click Here for the Swim Lesson Selector Chart and Stage Descriptions

Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6-36 months)

Stage A: Water Discovery / Stage B: Water Exploration

Stage A: Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

Stage B: In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Days

Times

Monday
Monday

5:30pm-6:00pm
6:00pm-6:30pm

Thursday
Thursday
5:30pm-6:00pm
6:00pm-6:30pm

Preschool Swim Lessons (3-5 years)

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.


DaysTimes
Monday
Monday
5:30pm-6:00pm
6:00pm-6:30pm

Thursday
Thursday
5:30pm-6:00pm
6:00pm-6:30pm
Saturday9:30am-10:00am

Preschool Swim Lessons (3-5 years)

Stage 2: Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

DaysTimes
Monday

6:30pm-7:00pm

Thursday

6:30pm-7:00pm

Saturday
9:30am-10:00am


Preschool Swim Lessons (3-5 years)

Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

DaysTimes
Monday
6:30pm-7:00pm
Thursday6:30pm-7:00pm

Youth Swim Lessons (6+ years)

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

DaysTimes
Saturday10:00am-10:30am


Youth Swim Lessons (6+ years) 

 Stage 2: Water Movement 

 In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

DaysTimes
Saturday
10:00am-10:30am

Youth Swim Lessons (6+ years)

Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

DaysTimes

Saturday

Saturday

10:30am-11:00am

11:00am-11:30am


Youth Swim Lessons (6+ years)

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

DaysTimes
Monday5:00pm-5:30pm
Thursday5:00pm-5:30pm
Saturday
Saturday
11:00am-11:30am
11:30am-12:00pm

Youth Swim Lessons (6+ years)

Stage 5: Stroke Development 

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

DaysTimes
Monday5:00pm-5:30pm
Thursday5:00pm-5:30pm
Saturday11:30am-12:00pm


Private Swim Lessons - 

MUST be a Knox County YMCA member

Price reflects one month of 4 sessions

Must register in person at the Family YMCA

Lesson TypeMember Price


Private$75

Please contact  Kristen Warren at 309-344-1324 or kwarren@knoxymca.org with any questions regarding swim lessons.