At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to learn skills and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids. The benefits of participating in our swim lessons program are far greater than just physical health. At our Y, the focus is on building the whole child, from the inside out, so kids will learn about the rewards of persistence and courage, as well as mastering their swimming strokes.

Jump right in! Swim lessons begin the week of September 14 and run through October 25 with registration for active members opening on September 9, community members September 11. Registration will be available by clicking on the red REGISTER button above. Scroll down for the descriptions of Stage 1-4 classes for preschool and youth that are available. Parent/child classes will open at a later date. Preschool classes will be limited to three participants, last 30 minutes and cost $60/session for active members, $120/session for community members. Youth classes will be limited to four participants, last 45 minutes and cost $68/session for active members, $136/session for community members.
Following state and local guidelines to keep swimmers and staff as safe as possible, the Y has put the following procedures in place.

  • One parent/guardian will be allowed to enter the facility with the swimmer. The adult will sit on the pool deck benches while maintaining social distancing from others.
  • Each person entering the facility will have have their temperature checked and will be required to wear a face mask covering the mouth and nose while not in the pool.
  • Participants will be assigned their own cabana in the Universal Access locker room upon arrival to be used before and after class. All belongings must be left in the cabana; lockers will NOT be available for use.
  • To expedite cleaning between lessons, participants will be limited to 15 minutes after the lesson has concluded to change and exit the facility. We encourage swimmers to come dressed in their swimsuits, with their own goggles, towels, and water bottles if needed. This equipment will not be available at the Y.
  • Swimmers must take a soap shower before entering the pool.
  • The Universal Access locker room, the Natatorium, and all equipment will be sanitized at the end of each lesson.

We look forward to welcoming your child back in the pool! If you have questions, please contact Aquatics Director Becky Epstein at

We reserve the right to cancel classes when inclement weather jeopardizes the safety of our members and staff. There are no credits or refunds for cancelled classes due to inclement weather.

Barracuda Swim Team

Free! Safety Around Water (SAW)

Private/Semi-Private Lessons

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Stage 2: Water Movement

Stage 3: Water Stamina

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Stage 5: Stroke Development

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

      • The Aquatics Department reserves the right to cancel or combine classes due to low enrollment.
      • Parents must escort their child to and from classes.
      • You may sit on the deck for the first and last class, but for classes in between please wait for your child in the viewing areas in the lobby or fitness floor. No parents should be on the swim deck so that your child can fully bond with his/her instructor.
      • We have Head Lifeguards and management staff available at all times to assist your child with restroom trips.
      • Mid-session reports will be given out halfway though the session.
      • The last week of lessons instructors will give your children a certificate of achievement. It will give you, in detail, information on what your child has accomplished in their session.
      • Please take a soap shower before entering the pool area- this helps us keep it clean for all swimmers.


      At the Ann Arbor YMCA we care about the safety of our young members and guests. We have swim test procedures in place to help keep children safe in the water.

      Swim Test Elements:

      • Swim 50 yards– competitive stroke must be in good form. “Doggie Paddling” does not count
      • Jump into the deep end
      • Tread water for 30 seconds

      Red Wrist Bands and Children 6 and Under: All children 7-14 years of age who have declined to take the swim test or who have not passed must remain in the family pool at all times. Lifejackets are available– just ask a lifeguard. Children 6 and under must be within arm’s reach of a parent at all times.

      Green Wrist Bands: Children ages 7-14 who have passed the swim test may swim in both lap and family pools (appropriate use of lap pool is a must). Stop by the lifeguard office to receive your band after successfully completing the test.