GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

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Did you know that the Greater Wichita YMCA is the region's leading provider of water and swim education? Our swim lessons - available for members and non-members from six-months to 106-years-old - can improve and enhance water comfort, confidence, and safety for everyone from a first-timer to a competitive, life-long swimmer all under the supervision of certified lifeguard instructors who can provide the right information and support to anyone who wants or needs to learn.

Swimming is not only part of the DNA of the YMCA, it is a great form of exercise, a challenging sport, effective therapy, a valuable life skill, and just plain fun. There’s nowhere better to learn to swim than the Y, either. We've been offering swim lessons and swimming programs since our inception and for well over 100 years locally. Today, the YMCA is the nation's leading swimming teacher - a status we extend to our own served communities in south central Kansas.

WHY LEARN TO SWIM AT THE Y?

The Greater Wichita YMCA provides a safe, fun, encouraging environment that helps everyone feel comfortable swimming and learning. When you choose to learn or advance your skills with swim lessons at the Y you can expect:

  • LOCATIONS - You can take swim lessons at our nine branches with aquatics centers in Andover, KS, El Dorado, KS, Newton, KS, and Wichita, KS.
  • OPTIONS - We have hundreds of swimming classes each week that are customized based on age, ability to swim, interests and goals, and other factors.
  • CHOICES - Classes are available for individuals, partners, small- and medium-sized groups, and teams to give the right support for everyone in the pool.
  • QUALITY STAFF - All of our swim instructors are certified lifeguards who have taken additional training to qualify to teach swimming in our pools
  • GREAT PRICES - As part of our commitment to empowering swimmers we offer great prices and income-based financial assistance to those who qualify.

WHY LEARN TO SWIM AT THE Y?

The Greater Wichita YMCA provides a safe, fun, encouraging environment that helps everyone feel comfortable swimming and learning. When you choose to learn or advance your skills with swim lessons at the Y you can expect:

  • LOCATIONS - You can take swim lessons at our nine branches with aquatics centers in Andover, KS, El Dorado, KS, Newton, KS, and Wichita, KS.
  • OPTIONS - We have hundreds of swimming classes each week that are customized based on age, ability to swim, interests and goals, and other factors.
  • CHOICES - Classes are available for individuals, partners, small- and medium-sized groups, and teams to give the right support for everyone in the pool.
  • QUALITY STAFF - All of our swim instructors are certified lifeguards who have taken additional training to qualify to teach swimming in our pools.
  • SUPPORT - Our swim lessons and staff approach are specifically designed to empower you to improve including a continuum of skill-based classes.
  • GREAT PRICES - As part of our commitment to empowering swimmers we offer great prices and income-based financial assistance to those who qualify.
  • AFFORDABILITY - Swim lesson fees can be paid in full at registration or, in addition to being discounted for members, added to ongoing AutoDraft payments for those who qualify.

OUR SWIM LESSONS IN ACTION

Swim Lessons

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.

Private Swim Lessons: Meet with a certified YMCA swim instructor for one-on-one instruction. Available for any age group and any skill level. A great weekly or one-time option.

  • Privates: $20/member/30 minutes
  • Semi-Privates: $15/member/30 minutes

SWIM STARTER OFFERINGS

Infants and toddlers and participating parents can get an early start in the water with our Water Discovery (6 month-2-year-olds) and Water Exploration (2-3 year-olds). 30-minute, 1x/week classes get young kids in the water with safe, fostering play and activities lead by our certified lifeguard instructors. We also offer, in partnership with local school districts, the SPLASH Program that - over the course of several weeks - gives students water safety and swim instruction to lower-income children.

FIND A CLASS AND ENROLL

Use the tiles below to find more about our swim starter classes - just choose your desired branch for localized schedules.

SWIM LESSONS

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.

Private Swim Lessons: Meet with a certified YMCA swim instructor for one-on-one instruction. Available for any age group and any skill level. A great weekly or one-time option.

  • Privates: $20/member/30 minutes
  • Semi-Privates: $15/member/30 minutes
Swim Lessons Little Boy

Preschool Swim 1-4 (ages 3-5)

All Locations, 45 Minutes 

  • Swim Basics
    • Lvl 1 - Water Acclimation
    • Lvl 2 - Water Movement
    • Lvl 3 - Water Stamina
  • Swim Strokes
    • Lvl 4 - Stroke Introduction
Swim Lessons Boy

School-Age Swim 1-6 (ages 6+)

All Locations, 45 Minutes 

  • 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
Swim Lessons

Swim Academy (ages 6-18)

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

Andover Swim Team

Teen Swim (ages 12-17)

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.

Neptunes Competitive Swim Team

Swim Team (ages 6-18)

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
al.stephenson@ymcawichita.org

Northwest YMCA Neptunes: Nate Jensen - 260.9622
neptunesswimming@ymcawichita.org

Neptunes Competitive Swim Team

Adult Swim (ages 18+)

Meets 1x/week | 45 min class
All locations

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

FIND A CLASS AND ENROLL

Use the tiles below to find the right swimming lessons for you - just choose your desired branch for localized schedules.

ADDITIONAL SWIM PROGRAMS AND OFFERINGS

Use the tiles below to learn more about our Swim Club, competitive swim / league swim / club swim, and lifeguard certification programs.

JOIN THE SWIM CLUB

COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAMS

OPEN SWIM (LAP / LANE AND FAMILY)

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION