Swimming Lessons

YMCA swim lessons introduce and teach children a variety of skills in a values-based environment. Children are encouraged to experience the qualities of water, learn safety and movement skills, and build confidence.

Based on child-development principles, the YMCA recognizes that children learn by experimenting, exploring, imitating, playing and having fun. Our swim instructor’s practice-changing activities throughout the lesson to assist with keeping children’s attention.

* Please note that the aquatics schedule is subject to change. For any last-minute scheduling changes please refer to our Facebook page or call Membership Services at 705-949-3133.

Our Winter 2024 Swim Lessons Schedule is available HERE.

Caregivers are expected on deck with children under the age of 7 (lessons in the leisure pool). One caregiver per child is allowed (plus younger siblings if needed) and flip flops or bare feet are mandatory. Caregiver must stay in designated areas.

Private swim lessons must be booked in person through the Membership Services desk at the YMCA.

Availability can be viewed HERE

The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA has strived to adapt its services to better provide an inclusive environment.

Sensory Swim is designed for individuals  who may feel overwhelmed in a high-sensory setting or those who simply require a quieter environment

Parents who will be present to offer support do not need to register, however, participants and siblings must.

Registration for our new Sensory Swim season will start soon.    

  • Caregivers for lesson participants ages 7 or older are required to bring their children onto the deck and pick them up when they are finished.
  • Caregivers are expected on deck with children under the age of 7 (lessons in the leisure pool). One caregiver per child is allowed (plus younger siblings if needed) and flip flops or bare feet are mandatory. Caregiver must stay in designated areas.
  • Whirlpool usage or other patron access to the deck is not permitted during lessons.
  • A soap shower is required to rinse away dirt, oils and personal care products from the skin’s surface prior to entering the pool (s) and/or whirlpool. (Reg. 565, S.19 (2))
  • Endurance is for those who wish to swim continuous lengths for fun and fitness. A YMCA Membership entitles each member to one (1) swim lesson per session. 
  • Swimmers may not be registered in more than one (1) lesson per session. If a participant misses three classes in a row without notice, he/she will be removed from the program registration and his or her spot will be given to the first person on the waiting list. If your child cannot attend the lesson, please contact cassie.guy@ssmymca.ca to advise of their absence. 
  • A YMCA Membership entitles each member to one (1) swim lesson per session. Swimmers may not be registered in more than one (1) lesson per session. 
  • If a participant misses three classes in a row without notice, he/she will be removed from the program registration and his or her spot will be given to the first person on the waiting list. If your child cannot attend the lesson, please contact cassie.guy@ssmymca.ca to advise of their absence.