Young girl swimming lengths in YMCA pool

Jump in and discover why everyone from infants to seniors can benefit from being active in the water!

Through swim lessons, aquatic fitness classes, and other programs, YMCA Aquatics offers you and your family many ways to make a splash. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer, you can gain the skills and confidence you need to stay safe and enjoy the pool.

The YMCA has been offering swimming lessons to Canadians since the 1900s. Thousands of Canadians have learned to swim at the Y.  Dive into our aquatics program to find the one that's right for you and your family.

Additional Aquatics Information

Swim Times

Come and enjoy the water! Our pool is available for open swims and lane swims throughout the day, seven days a week. Please check aquatics schedules for times.

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Swim Lessons

Knowing how to swim can save your life — or even someone else's. Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons develop lifelong skills that help your child to be safe in and around the water.

If you are unable to attend a swim lesson, please call the respected branch and leave a message on the absent line. This is important! If a child does miss more than three lessons without letting the absent line know, the participant will be removed from their swim lesson time and will have to reregister.

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Aquatic Fitness

Want to add a little variety to group fitness classes? Just add water and add a whole new dynamic to your workout! 

The resistance of the water strengthens your muscles as you push and pull your body through the water. While moving at top speed, or any speed, your body weight is supported by the buoyancy of the water, so you reduce the impact on your joints as you improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Led by trained YMCA Instructors, these classes offer a host of benefits for all fitness levels, and you'll appreciate the ability to control the intensity by modifying surface area, speed, and force of movements.

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Aquatic Specialty

From water sports to swim clubs, YMCA Aquatic Specialty programs bring swimmers together for organized activities in the water. Whether you're new to the pool or looking for some friendly competition, our programs will keep you moving and having fun.

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Aquatic Certifications

Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities through our YMCA Aquatic Certifications programs. Certification as a lifeguard or swimming instructor can lead to employment opportunities at the YMCA and elsewhere. You'll also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.

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