Swim Lessons

Lifeguard in training for swim lessons at the YMCA

Swim lessons are a precious investment. Knowing how to swim can save your life, or even someone else’s.

Our certified YMCA instructors have taught thousands of children and adults to swim through our nationally-accredited swim programs. Our swim lessons will give you lifelong skills to help you be safe in and around the water, but there’s more to YMCA swim lessons than learning to swim. We want our students to build confidence in the water, meet new people, and develop a lifelong passion for swimming!  

Starting April 2022, the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce swim lesson report cards will be available online to our members. Have your child’s membership card ready and click the link below to review their swim report card.

Swim Lessons Summer 2022

Summer Swim Lessons (7 weeks) will begin the week of July 4th. Registration for lessons will open on June 21st for Members and June 24 for the Public. 

How to Register

To ensure you get a spot in your lesson of choice, we strongly recommend that members visit their ACTIVE Net account to register for lessons. Alternatively, members can visit our Welcome Desk in person. Due to staff shortage, we will not be conducting registration by phone or email.

Registration Dates:
  • Members: June 21st at 10:00AM
  • Public: June 24th at 10:00AM

Swim Absences

Please call 519-376-0484 ext. 214 if you know your child will not be attending lessons or volunteering. We will inform your child’s Instructor.

Pool Policy

In order to ensure you are completely satisfied with your swim experience, please review our Pool Policy prior to arrival.

Swim Lessons Levels

All YMCA memberships include one swim lesson per session. Additional lessons are half the cost of the public rate. Fees are listed under each lesson below.

Teach your child the important water safety skills at a young age. Parent or guardian must be in the pool with the participants. This class takes place in the leisure pool.

Skills covered include:

  • Water orientation
  • Front and back tows
  • Splashing
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Games
  • Safety education for parents
  • Entries and exits
  • Kicking
  • Floats
  • Using lifejackets

Fees:

  • Members: Included
  • Public: $66

Beginner Levels
Parent/guardian must be in the pool with the participants. This class takes place in the leisure pool. Beginner level of swim lessons for participants under six years of age and includes Bobber and Floater levels. 

  • Bobbers:
    • Assisted entries and exits
    • Blowing bubbles
    • Bobs
    • Kicking
    • Front and back glides
  • Floaters:
    • Basic water safety
    • Open eyes underwater
    • Front and back floats glides
    • Using buoyant aids

Higher Levels
Parent/guardian must be in the pool with the participants. This class takes place in the leisure pool. Higher level of swim lessons for participants under six years of age and includes Glider, Diver, Surfer and Jumper levels. The child has completed several lesson sessions prior to enrolling into this class. 

  • Gliders:
    • Introduction to deep water skills (glides, surface support)
    • 5m swim on front and back
  • Divers:
    • Dives
    • Breath control
    • Front, back and side glides
    • 10m swim on front and back

Fees:

  • Members: Included
  • Public: $81

Beginner Levels
Otter and Seal levels are for children who are not confident in deep water. These classes take place in the leisure pool. 

  • Otter:
    • Water orientation
    • Submersion
    • Front and back floats
    • Front, back and side glides
  • Seal:
    • Deep water orientation
    • Breath control
    • Front, back and side glides with kick
    • Introduction to back crawl 

Higher Levels
Dolphin and Swimmer levels are for children who are confident in deeper water. These classes take place in the lane pool.

  • Dolphin:
    • Introduction to front crawl
    • Introduction to back crawl
    • Vertical surface support
    • Front, back and side glides with kick
  • Swimmer:
    • Front crawl
    • Back crawl
    • Sculling

Fees:

  • Members: Included
  • Public: $85

Star Level 1 & 2
Participants are confident in deeper water and can swim two lengths of the pool. Skills covered include:

  • Front and back crawl
  • Intro to whip kick and breaststroke
  • Sculling
  • Vertical surface support
  • Eggbeater

Fees
Members: Included
Public: $92

Star Levels 3 & 4
Participants are confident in deeper water and can swim two lengths of the pool. Skills covered include:

  • Elementary back stroke
  • Front and back crawl
  • Eggbeater
  • Dolphin kick
  • Breaststroke
  • Sidestroke
  • 150m swim
  • Front, back and side floats

Fees:

  • Members: Included
  • Public: $101

Star Leadership Level 5
Participants must have successfully completed Star 4. Skills covered include:

  • Butterfly
  • 500m endurance swim
  • Lifesaving Society Rookie and Ranger Patrol First Aid
  • Swimming and rescue components
  • Intro to swim instruction

Star Leadership Level 6
Participants must have successfully completed Star 5. Skills covered include:

  • 600m endurance swim
  • Lifesaving Society Swim Patrol First Aid
  • Swimming and rescue components
  • Swim instruction continued
  • Advanced swimming stroke standards

Star Leadership Level 7
Participants must have successfully completed Star 6. Skills covered include:

  • Preparation for entrance into Bronze Star or Medallion
  • Lifesaving and fitness
  • Lifesaving Society First Aid
  • Swim instruction continued
  • Includes a volunteer component with a minimum of four hours required by the end of the session.

Fees:

  • Members: Included
  • Public: $101

This program is designed for tweens and teens that want to learn to swim but are too old for regular swimming lessons and too young for adult lessons.  Content will be based on the needs of the swimmers.  Please state swimming ability at time of registration.

Fees:

  • Members: Included
  • Public: $85

Adult Lesson: Shallow
It’s never too late to take the plunge! Learn the basics of swimming with the guidance of an instructor. Set your own goals and work at your own pace to improve.

Adult Lesson: Deep
Refine the strokes of your choice, develop endurance and learn new skills under the direction of an instructor. Swim for fitness, health and wellness! Must be comfortable in deep water.

Fees:

  • Members: $42.50
  • Public: $85

Work one-on-one with an Instructor to improve strokes or skills that need a little extra practice. All ages are welcome. Bring your most recent swimming progress report with you for your lesson. Please specify swimming or ability level at time of registration.

Fees:

  • Members: 98
  • Public: $150

Transitioning Between Swim Lessons

Children who have started but not completed the Preschool program can continue in the Learn-to-Swim program once they are 6 years old. Preschool levels contain similar content to the Learn-to-Swim levels. Content and teaching style are geared towards the age of the participants

Refer to the chart below, along with your child’s report card to determine which level your child should be registered in.

Level you were registered in If you were INCOMPLETE, register in If you were COMPLETE, register in
Bobbers Otter Otter
Floaters Otter Otter
Gliders Otter Otter
Divers Otter Seal
Surfers Seal Seal
Jumper Seal Dolphin

Comparison chart as of February 2011. The chart should be used as a guide only. These are program equivalencies. For example, if your child has successfully completed Red Cross Swim Kid 1, they would enrol in YMCA Seal level.

Red Cross Swim Preschool YMCA
Starfish Splashers (3-18 months)
Duck Bubblers (19 months – 3 years)
Sea Turtle Bobbers (19 months – 3 years) (parented)
Sea Otter Bobbers (unparented)
Salamander Floaters / Gliders
Sunfish Divers
Crocodile Surfers
Whale Surfers
Jumper
(Incomplete: Ready for RC Swim Kids 3 or 4)
(Complete: Ready for RC Swim Kids 4 or 5)
Learn to Swim and Star Levels (6 years and up)
Red Cross Swim Kids YMCA
Red Cross Swim Kids 1 Otter
Red Cross Swim Kids 2 Seal
Red Cross Swim Kids 3 Seal
Red Cross Swim Kids 4 Dolphin
Red Cross Swim Kids 5 Swimmer
Red Cross Swim Kids 6 Star 1
Red Cross Swim Kids 7 Star 2
Red Cross Swim Kids 8 Star 3
Red Cross Swim Kids 9 Star 4
Red Cross Swim Kids 10 – incomplete Star 5
Red Cross Swim Kids 10 – complete Star 6
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