Swim Lessons










Everyone should know how to swim!

YMCA swim lessons are designed to help each participant learn how to swim better and be safe in the water. The Garden City Family YMCA offers progressive classes for ages 6 months through adult.  Learn the basics, then build your skills and develop your technique. Private, partner and group lessons are available.  The Y, through generous funding from the Finnup Foundation also offers FREE Y Splash basic water safety classes.  These are not lessons but will teach youth and adults basic safety around water skills.


Class Types

Youth Water Safety

Ages 6-14

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Levels & Times

Level 3 Water Stamina: T/Th 6:45-7:30pm

Level 4 Stroke Introduction: T/TH 6:45-7:30pm

Level 5 Stroke Development: T/TH 6:00-6:45pm

Level 6 Stroke Mechanics T/TH 6:00-6:45pm

See upcoming sessions & download a registration form here


Preschool Water Safety

Ages 3-5

Students will learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency. They will be learning two benchmark skills: "swim, float, swim," and "jump, push, turn, grab."

Levels and Times

Level 1 Water Acclimation: M/W 5:30-6pm

Level 2 Water Movement: M/W 6-6:30pm

See upcoming sessions & download a registration form here


Parent-Tot Water Safety  

Ages 6mos-2yrs

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Levels and Times

Level A Mon/Wed 5:30-6pm

See upcoming sessions & download a registration form here


For more information contact our Aquatic Director at 620.275.1199 or kshelton@ymcaswkansas.org.