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Swim Lessons


The Greater Wichita YMCA strives to create a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for children to develop as swimmers. In addition to teaching swimming skills, our instructors are passionate about creating a positive atmosphere that encourages our students to be courteous, respectful, responsible, and confident individuals and athletes.

Swimming is great exercise, a challenging sport, effective therapy, a valuable life skill, and just plain fun. There’s nowhere better to learn than the Y, where we’ve been helping all ages to swim for more than 100 years. Our classes are about more than just teaching techniques, they’re about building confidence and nurturing potential, progressing with your needs and abilities, from introductory to competitive.

Our YMCA offers three levels of progression within our aquatics programs to help your child receive the best opportunity for skill development.

Monthly fees paid at front desk or online. Fees for Academies and Swim Team paid by bankdraft.

Be Water Wise


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Schedules also available as downloadable PDFs on your Y's location page:
Andover | DowntownEastEl Dorado | Newton North | Northwest | South | West

Swimmers learn water safety and swimming fundamentals as they progress through skill levels, meet their aquatics goals, and develop an appreciation for the sport. Classes meet once per week with a one month commitment.


Swim Starters

Water Discovery: 6 mos - 2 yrs
Water Exploration: 2 - 3 yrs
Meets 1x/week | 30 min class
All locations

PARENT PARTICIPATION REQUIRED. Introduce your baby to the aquatics environment through exploration and encourage them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Parents are guided to work with their child to explore fundamental safety and aquatics skills.


Swim Lessons

Preschool Swim: 3 - 5 yrs (levels 1-4 available)
School-Age Swim: 6 yrs and up (levels 1-6 available)
Meets 1x/week | 45 min class
All locations

Enroll your child in swim lessons based on his/her current age, and the Y’s new swim lesson curriculum will ensure your swimmer is receiving the proper level of instruction.

From beginners to seasoned swimmers, kids will become comfortable in the pool, develop personal safety, and progress through aquatics skills that focus on body position, control, forward movement, rotary breathing, integrated arm & leg action, swim stroke technique, and all major competitive strokes.

With six levels that advance kids from swim basics to swim strokes, your child is on the way to a safe and fun life in the water! Child’s level is based on mastery of required skills and will be determined by the instructor on the first day of class.

Levels include: (instructor selects level based on each swimmer's experience on first day of class)

  • Swim Basics
    • Lvl 1 - Water Acclimation
    • Lvl 2 - Water Movement
    • Lvl 3 - Water Stamina
  • Swim Strokes
    • Lvl 4 - Stroke Introduction
    • Lvl 5 - Stroke Development
    • Lvl 6 - Stroke Mechanics


Teen Swim: 12 - 17 yrs
Meets 1x/week | 45 min class
Downtown, El Dorado, & South YMCAs

For first-time to seasoned swimmers, teens will focus on the fundamentals, stroke development, breathing, endurance, and water safety.

Adult Swim: 18 yrs and up
Meets 1x/week | 45 min class
All locations

Develop and improve safety skills and swim strokes as you grow your swimming abilities.

Register Online or at your local Y
*PDF schedules for each location are linked above

6 - 18 yrs
Meets 2x/week | 45 min class
Andover & Northwest YMCAs

Focus will be on intensive swim skill development, as swimmers continue to build confidence in the water. If you want to master the major swim strokes and develop as a competitive athlete, this is the program for you. Levels I-III available, with classes offered throughout the year.

Requires Aquatics Director approval

Register at your local Y

6 - 18 yrs
Practices organized by swim team
Andover & Northwest YMCAs

Swimmers train year-round on stroke development, swimming skills and team building. Compete at local, state and national levels as part of the USA Swimming and Missouri Valley Swimming Associations.

To tryout, or for more information, contact:

  • Andover YMCA Allstars: Al Stephenson - 733.9622 x1726
  • Northwest YMCA Neptunes: Candace Pearson - 260.9622

Challenge yourself in our 100-mile swim club. Record your laps throughout the year and earn a t-shirt for achieving 100 miles. Available at all YMCAs. Free to Y members.