The Y has been teaching people to swim for more than a century. Swimming is an activity you can enjoy your whole life. Let the Y help your family discover the fun and great exercise of swimming!
YMCA group swim lesson programs are offered year-round and include parent-child, preschool and youth group swim lesson classes. We also offer swimming lessons for people of all ages and abilities who are living with autism or other disabilities. Sessions are eight weeks in length, and registration dates open two weeks prior to the start of the class. During the summer group swim lessons are also held at Lytle Pool in Mattoon.
Learning to swim at the Y is more than just stroke development, our lessons offer a child-centered approach. Kids will learn through play, hands-on exercises and creative repetition. The YMCA lesson curriculum includes YMCA character development, which emphasizes our four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Children are taught in small groups in a progressive approach, which allows each child to proceed at their own pace. When your child has mastered one level, they’re ready for the next. Each lesson encourages your child to feel good about themselves and what they’ve learned, and they can develop lifelong skills that can help them stay healthy.