Swim Lessons

When kids, teens and adults take a swim lesson with the Y, they’ll gain confidence and learn new skills in a fun, caring environment. With classes for all ages and skill levels, we deliver the perfect pathway for all abilities to enjoy, develop and grow with our swim program.

New & Improved Swim Lessons

Y Swim Lesson curriculum is based on a continuum that focuses on a skill-based progression that builds confidence and supports swimming skills. There are three phases within the continuum, beginning with Swim Starters (children 6-36 months), then Swim Basics (children ages 3-12) and Swim Strokes (school-aged children 5-12 years).  Each phase is broken into specific stages that are designed specifically for that age group on a cognitive and social ability.

Our program enhancements include ease at the time of registration and improved curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety, tools and resources to support families at home.

On the first day of class, Swim Instructors will conduct a swimming skills evaluation to determine each swimmer’s skill ability. Students will be divided into appropriate classes within the Y Swim Lesson Continuum (Swim Starters, Preschool & School Age).

FPP members will receive 25% off of group swim lessons.

Swim Starters Parent & Child Swim Lessons


6 months old to 3 years old & their parent

Parent & Child Swim Lessons promote water readiness activities for children and their parent or trusted adult!

Stage A - Water Discovery Parents accompany children in this class which introduces babies and parents to the aquatic environment through exploration that encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about water.

Stage B - Water Exploration Parents are guided to work with their child to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


6 months to 3 years 


Member $55 
Nonmember $90


8 lessons (unless otherwise stated) 


BriargateCottonwood CreekDowntownGarden RanchSoutheast & Tri-Lakes



Swim Basics


3 years old to 12 years old

Swim Basics Lessons teach a core foundation of water safety and drowning prevention is made by teaching water adjustment and skill readiness to swimmers!

Stage 1 - Water Acclimation Children are introduced to the pool and develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Children also develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water in the event they fall in. This stage builds the foundation for the child's future progress in swimming.

Stage 2 - Water Movement Children are taught skills that focus on body position and control, forward movement and directional change. This stage also reinforces how to safely exit a body of water in the event of falling in.

Stage 3 - Water Stamina Children focus on swimming longer distances and are introduced to rotary breathing and integrated arm and leg action. In the event they fall into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety and exit.

Swim Lessons at the YMCA


3 to 12


Member $55 (at all other centers) and $45 (at Fountain Valley)
Nonmember $90


8 lessons (unless otherwise stated)


BriargateCottonwood CreekDowntownFountain ValleyGarden RanchMemorial ParkSoutheast & Tri-Lakes

Banning-Lewis Ranch & Cordera offer lessons for residents only





5 years old to 12 years old

After the fundamentals are mastered, children can learn personal water safety, develop their character and build stroke technique in competitive strokes with our Swim Strokes Lessons!

Stage 4 - Stroke Introduction Swimmers focus on developing basic swimming strokes and personal water safety. Specifically, children develop the frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes, are introduced to components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes, and practice safety techniques in deep water.

Stage 5 - Stroke Development Students continue to work on their stroke technique and all major competitive strokes are introduced. Swimmers will develop stamina in the frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes, learn the breaststroke and butterfly strokes, and build endurance in their techniques for deepwater safety.

Stage 6 - Stroke Mechanics Students refine their stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and learn about competitive swimming. Swimmers will develop endurance in the competitive strokes, learn skills related to competitive swimming like racing starts and flip turns, and enhance their techniques and build endurance in deep water.


 5 to 12


Member $55 (at all other centers) & $45 (at Fountain Valley)
Nonmember $90


8 lessons (unless otherwise stated)


BriargateCottonwood CreekDowntownGarden RanchMemorial ParkSoutheast & Tri-Lakes

Banning-Lewis Ranch & Cordera offer lessons for residents only




These lessons create a comfortable environment no matter what the student's skill level or ability. Whether you are a first-time swimmer, learning fundamental swimming skills or developing stroke refinement and endurance, the Y has a swim class for you.




Member $55
Nonmember $90



BriargateDowntownGarden Ranch & Tri-Lakes

For more information, please contact the Aquatics Director at your preferred location!

Private Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are a great option for swimmers of all ages looking to accomplish specific objectives. These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or acquire swimming skills. You set the agenda by working with the instructor to determine goals. Curriculum is customized to meet your goals.

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lesson Form

Please note FPP is not applicable to private & semi-private swim lessons.

Swim Lessons Help Keep Your Children Safe

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

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Our partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs

With a focus on youth development, wellness and injury prevention, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and Children’s Hospital Colorado partner to strengthen our community and help kids learn, grow and thrive. 

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