Aquatics

Dive into the widest range of aquatics programs anywhere!

Nothing builds confidence like learning how to swim. It’s an essential life skill that can provide a lifetime of fun in and around water. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer, you can gain the skills and strength you need to stay safe and enjoy making a splash.

The YMCA has been offering swimming lessons to Canadians since the 1900s. Thousands of Canadians have learned to swim at the Y and so can your kids. That’s why we offer swim lessons, aquatic fitness classes and other programs for toe dippers, deep divers and everyone in between.

Find the aquatics program that's right for you and your family.

    

Learn about Aquatics

Food & Nutrition

We are what we eat! Naturally, the food you eat plays an important role in how you feel. Our programs help you learn how to make sustainable food choices and learn healthy preparation and eating habits.

Learn about Food & Nutrition

Group Fitness

There’s strength in numbers! Improve your fitness in a motivating group of your peers. We offer classes for individuals of all fitness abilities. You’ll have fun while a certified YMCA instructor guides you and your group to better health.

Learn about Group Fitness

Sports & Recreation

Game on! There are lots of ways to get moving at the Y. Play your favourite sports and games, or try something new. From just-walking to seasoned pros, we have something for every age and skill level.

Learn about Sports & Recreation

Find Health, Fitness & Aquatics Programs

Why does a charity have gyms?

Why would we invest so much time and effort securing donations to build our Health, Fitness and Aquatics centres and then finding and training the fully-qualified staff and volunteers needed for such a massive and ongoing endeavour from which we do not make any profit?

We do it because the YMCA was created to help everyone reach their full potential mentally, emotionally and physically (the gym part). Our mandate to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people speaks to the mind's right to imagine, the body's right to move and the spirit's right to believe in itself. We believe that fulfilling your potential is everyone's right, every person's advantage and everybody's secret weapon.

The YMCA is a legally registered charity, including our gyms, and no one is turned away for the inability to pay. Please do not hesitate to ask at Member Services if you need financial assistance to access any of our facilities (including our 57 Child Care centres or to send a child or youth to one of our Day Camps).

We've been an entirely independent Edmonton charity for 109 years, including our Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centres, Summer Camps and Day Camps, 57 Child Cares, 20 Community Program Centres, 3 Housing Centres and 9 Service and Programs Centres. 

We are a legally registered independent charity and we believe in equality of opportunity for all members of the community - regardless of age, race, sex, religion or economic circumstance. Through YMCA Financial Assistance (formerly the Opportunity Fund), our membership and program experience is available to low-income individuals and families in need. Drop in and ask how to get started! If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please let them know.

You want to get more active. And we can help. When we are active, all aspects of life are better - mental, emotional, social and physical.

Whatever your age or stage, there's a Y health and fitness program to help you and your family achieve your health and fitness goals and reach your full potential. Our expert staff and volunteers are always available to support and guide you to positive outcomes, every step of the way. And when you choose the Y, you get the added benefit of being part of our community — because it’s important to feel safe and welcome while working to improve your health.

Explore our YMCA Health and Fitness programs and services to see which will meet your needs.


 

  • A senior woman doing yoga.
    NEW Program - Yoga for Back Health!

    A yoga program for those who want to strengthen their back or those dealing with chronic back pain
    and other musculoskeletal conditions.

  • A group cycle fitness class.
    Group Fitness Classes

    Working out is more fun with friends! Whether it's a registered or a drop-in program, the YMCA offers everything from Aquafit to Zumba! Grab a friend and join a class - you'll be glad you did.

  • A YMCA personal trainer works with a client.
    Train With Us!

    Work with a certified fitness professional to help you meet your goals.