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.

Use this Lesson Selector to determine which class is right for your child.

Class Types

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. Click here for the flier.

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." Click here for the flier.

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. Click here for the flier.

Y-Splash Free Water Safety Sessions  

The purpose of Y-Splash is to provide basic swim lessons to youth, and aquatic safety information to adults and the community.  Youth participants will receive a FREE goodie bag with items to make their swimming experience fabulous! This is made possible by Finnup Foundation! Click here for the flier.

Youth & Adult Private Water Safety Sessions  

Some people do not like group lessons and want private. This is for you! Click here for the youth flier. Click here for the adult flier.

For more information contact: Nina Rankin at 620-275-1199 ext. 210 or by email at nrankin@ymcaswkansas.org.