Swimming & Aquatics

Aquatics

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Our aquatic programs are about more than just techniques and skills; they are about building friendships, developing self-esteem and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime. We offer swim lessons, aquatic fitness classes and other programs for toe dippers, deep divers and everyone in between at YMCA Health and Wellness Centre pools in Edmonton. Thousands of Albertans have learned to swim at the Y and so can you.

Looking to find your swim lesson progress reports? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/ProgressReports to learn more about how to access these!

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YMCA Childrens' Programming — January to June 2022

Registration Information

Upcoming programming sessions: 

  • Spring session II: May 2 – June 26 (8 weeks)
  • Summer intersession: June 27 – July 3 (1 week)
  • Summer session: July 4 – August 28 (8 weeks)

Drop-in programs are open for booking three days prior. Registered programs during the above sessions are now open for registration!

Register today

New to registration at the Y? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp to learn about our registration portal!

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Aquatic Programming

Swim Lessons (registered)

Swim lessons like YMCA Preschool Swim Lessons (parented and unparented), Learn to Swim and Star Program are back!

Nothing builds confidence like learning 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.

Find out more about our swim lessons by downloading our Aquatics guide! Register today at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register! Need support? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp.

Download our Aquatics Guide

Swim Lessons (drop-in)

Drop-in swim lessons for adults and youth are here! We offer swim lessons for all abilities. Whether you are working on becoming comfortable in the water, building on your current skills, or looking to improve your strokes, you are welcome to attend! Instructors will design the swim lessons based on participant attendance. 

Please note, space is limited, so we encourage you to register for each class at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register.

Find out more about our swim lessons by downloading our Aquatics guide! Register today at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register! Need support? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp.

Download our Aquatics Guide

Private Swim Lessons

Book a 30-minute private swimming lesson with a YMCA swim instructor today! The lesson is crafted specifically to your needs and ability level so you can achieve your swimming goals. Programming may include increasing comfort in the water, learn to swim, stroke improvement, and more. For children that have not yet passed Otter, it is strongly encouraged that a caregiver over the age of 16 accompanies them in the water.

 

Find out more about our swim lessons by downloading our Aquatics guide! Register today at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register! Need support? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp.

Download our Aquatics Guide

YMCA-Keyano Swim Club

Take your swim skill to the next level with the YMCA-Keyano Swim Club! This club experience will focus on developing the 4 competitive strokes as well as introducing competitive skills such as starts and turns. Swimmers in the program will have the opportunity to compete once a month in our in-house Bear Cubs series.

YMCA-Keyano curriculum integrates a sticker chart incentive program whereby skill and technical development is continuously recognized. These sessions are always loads of fun and a great opportunity for kids to meet new friends!

  • To register for Bronze Swim Club, participants must be able to swim 25 meters continuously without assistance.
  • For Silver Swim Club, participants must be able to swim 25 meters of each competitive stroke (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke & butterfly).

There are two training options for this swim club:

Register today at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register! Need support? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp.

Download our Swim Club Guide

Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Certification Programs

Since 1931, the YMCA has been a leader in aquatics in Canada. That year, the YMCA developed the first nationally recognized aquatics program and has continued to train aquatic leaders ever since. Here are some certifications that we offer:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • YMCA Swim Instructor Course
  • National Lifeguard

Register today at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register! Need support? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp.

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Drop-in Swim

Member & Lane Swim

Bring the family and enjoy our pools during swim times for members! Member swim is included in membership and open to all YMCA members. All swim options must be booked in advance. Bookings are available in 50-minute time blocks.

Book your visit at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register! Need support? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp.

Public Swim

Public swim is now available at select YMCA Health and Wellness Centres. Book a 50-minute reservation for you and your family to spend time in the pool today!

Book your visit at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Register! Need support? Visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/AccountHelp.

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