Swim Lessons

YMCA Swim Lessons help adults, kids, and families learn an important life skill and support them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmers.

Download our January – May 2018 Swim Lesson Schedule

Not sure where to start? Use our Lesson Selector Guide to help you!


We are now be offering parent/child swim lessons for children ages 6 months – 1 year and children ages 2 years – 3 years.   In the two stages that make up this parent-child category, children learn to be comfortable in the water. Rather than teaching children how to survive in the water or become accomplished swimmers, Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters. Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Parents learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies. Requirements: Ages 6 Months to 3 Years. An adult parent, guardian, or caregiver is required to accompany each child in the water and participate in class.
A – Water Discovery – Ages 6 Months-1 Year – Thursdays, 4:15 – 4:45PM
B – Water Exploration – Ages 2 – 3 Years – Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:15PM

View current Swim Starter schedule
Register for parent and child lessons


Traditional class organized swim lessons offering youth the opportunity to learn and practice new swimming skills and feel a sense of achievement from mastering something that they can enjoy the rest of their lives. Kids become more comfortable and secure around water as they learn water safety and improve their
swim skills. Class size is limited to a 6:2 student to instructor ratio.  Requirements: Ages 4 years and up
View our Swim Lessons Overview to become more familiar with the six levels of classes we offer!

View current Swim Lesson schedule
Please see current schedule for information on registration dates. 


Specialized swim tracks for youth. Pool time for students to build confidence, cultivate their passion, and stay active through specialized swim instruction including: swim team training, preparation for lifeguard or junior guard training, and developing healthy living skills through swim fitness. Requirements: Participants must pass Level VI Stroke Mechanics lessons or confidently demonstrate Level VI swimming skills on their first day attending.

View current Swim Pathways schedule
Register for Swim Pathways

For more information or questions please contact Chad, Aquatics Coordinator, at cbuggert@mesabiymca.org or 749-8020.