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Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The YMCA of Austin offers swim lessons for all ages, swim leagues, Masters swim, adaptive swim, Terrified-of-Water classes and more. Swim year-round in our heated, indoor pools and swim with the folks that created group swim lessons!
The YMCA of Austin wants to help every child in this community learn to swim. We offer private swim lessons, group lessons for kids of various levels, swim leagues for kids age 6-14 and more! Click the register button below to find the right lesson or program for you!
Swimming saves lives, builds confidence and strengthens the body. Adult swim classes include Terrified of Water, Masters Swim, Stroke Clinic and Arthritis Care. Swim lessons are offered year-round.
Classes are divided into ability groups and trained instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills while guiding students with praise and encouragement.
The YMCA of Austin - in collaboration with Safe Kids Austin and Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas - is working toward the goal of providing all area first graders with education on safety, aquatics, and fitness activity. The program is Project S.A.F.E. (Safety, Aquatics, Fitness, Education).
YMCA of Austin Swim Leagues are competitive programs that focus on the development of all ages and abilities. Our trained coaches work to improve swimmers' skill level, endurance and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Our program embraces the YMCA core values and promotes progression at an individual level. Individual teams are organized by ability levels and are designed to help team members improve and refine the four competitive strokes, sets, starts and finishes. Our Swim Teams compete with other Ys and swim clubs at area meets.
SwimATX launched as a pilot program of 88 teens in the 2014-2015 school year.. This innovative, new program is in partnership with Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin and served zip codes with some of the highest incidents of drowing, and participants of an age prone to increased risks of drowning. Swim instruction took place during school hours at YMCA and City of Austin pools, and provided P.E. credit for the participating teens. Data has already shown that participating youth have increased levels of school attendance and are performing better academically.
Upon successful completion of SwimATX, teens receive scholarships for free participation in Lifeguard Certification classes and guaranteed employment with the YMCA or City of Austin, making pools safer for all.
Women's Only Swim is designed to give adult women, ages 16 and up, a safe and comfortable environment to enjoy our pools. The swim is staffed by female lifeguards, and takes place before the facility has been opened for the day to the public.
- Today, tens of millions of people across the United States have learned how to swim at the YMCA, including Olympic Gold Medalists Cullen Jones & Ian Crocker, as well as former President Ronald Reagan.
- At YMCAs, children & adults not only learn how to swim, but also learn about safety & rescue skills, & water activities that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
- Through YMCA Project S.A.F.E & other outreach programs, YMCAs help people of all ages, especially children & families, learn basic swimming skills & water safety practices.
- With more than 2,200 pools nationally, YMCAs are collectively the largest operator of swimming pools in the United States.
- YMCAs offer water fitness classes & swim leagues for adults & youth.
- YMCAs offer arthritis aquatics classes for active older adults. Research has proven that this form of regular exercise helps slow the aging process.
- Swimming is a lifetime activity. No other activity provides so many health benefits with so little physical risk of injury. It is a low impact sport & is therefore easier on joints & muscles, making it ideal for all individuals.
- For the last 120 years, the YMCA has been recognized as the nation’s swim instructor, teaching safety & confidence in the water.