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Health, Fitness & Aquatics

Swim Lessons

Spring 2021 Swim Lessons will begin April 5th! 

  • Member registration will open on March 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

Participants must be residents of Grey Bruce to access our Y. Don’t forget, Members receive 1 FREE lesson per session! Register online through ACTIVE Net or by calling 519-376-0484 ext. 0 on the above dates.

Public Registration
The safety of our members and staff is of utmost importance as we deal with the COVID-19 situation. We have decreased the numbers in our swim lessons in order to maintain proper physical distancing in the pool. As a result, we have fewer spaces available for registration. At this time, our lessons are full and therefore we will not be holding a public registration.

Click here to view the Spring 2021 Swim Lesson Schedule


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

All YMCA memberships include one swim lesson set per session. Taught by certified YMCA instructors, 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!  

We have taught thousands of children and adults to swim through our nationally-accredited swim programs. Swim programs are offered for all ages, beginning as young as six months. Lessons run during all program sessions. Class sizes are limited for safety considerations; please register early.  

Swim Levels

COVID-19 Measures

We have adapted our Swim Lessons in order to comply with safety protocols. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

  • Our class sizes will be smaller than before as participants must be spaced out with a 15-minute changeover time to help with physical distancing in change rooms.
  • All childre under the age of 6 must have a parent/guardian in-pool to assist your child.
  • For participants over the age of 6, lessons begin and remain in a depth of water your child can touch or is comfortable swimming in, before moving to deeper water.
  • Your child may have regressed and is not at the level they were in before. If you are unsure which class to place your child in, please call our Customer Service team at (519) 376-0484, ext. “0” for assistance.
  • All participants, including parent/guardian participants, MUST come dressed ready to enter the water. Infants will be permitted a diaper change into a swim diaper once signed in.
  • If a child is ill, has symptoms, or was sent home from school they may not attend lessons that night.
  • Instructors will be teaching on deck. When instructors need to demonstrate skills or be in the water they will be wearing face shields.
  • Masks are required in change rooms, but may be taken off immediately before showering and entering the pool deck.
  • Ensuring physical distancing is important!  Parents/guardians  need to ensure children in change rooms maintain physical distance from other participants.
  • Please do not come early to a lesson  Arrive with just enough time to remove clothing and for a quick shower before entering the pool deck.  Please wait on a red dot and wait for the instructor to provide you with instructions.
  • Private lessons – child must be able be comfortable in water on their own or have a parent in the water with them.

Please rest assured, our staff are trained, certified professionals. They take great pride in ensuring our swim lessons are safe and fun for all. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Randi McMann, Supervisor; Aquatics at

Aquatic Speciality Programs 

Important Lesson Information

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 Admission Requirements

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

Refund Policy