GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

UPDATE - WATER PARKS CLOSED TODAY TH. 8/6

Our NORTH Y and NORTHWEST Y Water Parks will be closed today.Our indoor pools are open as scheduled.

WHY LEARN TO SWIM AT THE Y?

The Greater Wichita YMCA provides a safe, fun, encouraging environment to help all swimmers feel comfortable learning in the water. Y swim lessons participants can expect:

  • LOCATIONS Choose from 9 pool branches in Andover, KS, El Dorado, KS, Newton, KS, and throughout Wichita, KS
  • OPTIONS Private (1:1), Small Group, Medium-Sized Classes available. 1-time, 2-week, monthly, and on-going enrollment.
  • QUALITY STAFF Instructors are YMCA-certified lifeguards. Many have additional accreditation and training to their credit.
  • GREAT PRICES To ensure access to all swimmers we offer low rates, member discounts, and income-based pricing, too.

The Greater Wichita YMCA, as part of the YMCA of the USA, approaches swim lessons as part of a life-long process of learning and enjoying swimming. We offer:

  • THREE STAGES of learning (1 - STARTERS, 2 - BASICS and 3 - STROKES) based on ability
  • SIX LEVELS of learning that expand learning, stamina, and confidence
  • THREE PATHWAYS For Recreation, Competitive, and Leader swimmers

To start your swim lesson journey - we suggest an in-person discussion or 1:1 lesson. If you're unsure of where you should enroll for traditional lessons, let us know. We can have a quick discussion or do a skills assessment at your first lesson. 

2-WEEK AND MONTHLY (4-WEEK)SWIM STARTERS LESSONS (30 Minutes/Session, 1 Session/Week (4-Weeks))

The Greater Wichita YMCA uses the YMCA of the USA swim program for lessons including one stage and two swim-ability levels for swimmers ages 6-months to 3-years-old:

SWIM STAGE SWIM ABILITY  DESCRIPTION
1 - SWIM STARTERS WATER DISCOVERY Infants and toddlers, with parents/guardians, begin to explore and get comfortable in the water
1 - SWIM STARTERS WATER ACCLIMATION Infants and toddlers, with parents/guardians, learn water safety and enjoy water play activities 

We encourage all infants and toddlers to start with WATER DISCOVERY with a movement to WATER ACCLIMATION when the swimmer is ready. 1:1 lessons are also available for first-time/early swimmers. 

2-WEEK AND MONTHLY (4-WEEK) SWIM BASICS AND SWIM STROKES LESSONS (45 Minutes/Session, 1 Session/Week)

The Greater Wichita YMCA uses the YMCA of the USA swim program for lessons including two stages and six swim-ability levels for swimmers ages 3-118:

SWIM STAGE SWIM ABILITY  DESCRIPTION
2 - SWIM BASICS WATER ACCLIMATION  Increase comfort with underwater exploration, introduce and assist with basic self-rescue skills
2 - SWIM BASICS WATER MOVEMENT Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently
2 - SWIM BASICS WATER STAMINA Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages
3 - SWIM STROKES STROKE INTRODUCTION  Front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke and water safety (treading water)
3 - SWIM STROKES STROKE DEVELOPMENT Breaststroke, butterfly stroke, sidestroke, and advanced water safety skill learning
3 - SWIM STROKES STROKE MECHANICS Refine all major competitive stroke techniques and position swimming within a healthy lifestyle

Not sure where to start you or your child? Enroll based on age and your best-guess for ability or arrange for a 1:1 lesson. Our instructors will help with placement.

PRE-SCHOOL SWIM LESSONS

AGES 3-5  SWIM LEVELS 1-4

SCHOOL-AGED SWIM LESSONS

AGES 6-12 SWIM LEVELS 1-6

TEEN SWIM LESSONS

AGES 12-17 SWIM LEVELS 1-6

ADULT SWIM LESSONS

AGES 18-118 SWIM LEVELS 1-6
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EXPLORE OUR SWIM LESSONS PROGRAMS

The Greater Wichita YMCA, as part of the YMCA of the USA, approaches swim lessons as part of a life-long process of learning and enjoying swimming. Our structure is based on:

  • THREE STAGES of learning (Starters, Basics, Strokes) based on ability
  • SIX LEVELS of learning that expand learning, stamina, and confidence
  • THREE PATHWAYS For Recreation, Competitive, and Leader swimmers

Our SWIM LESSONS OVERVIEW PDF shows how swimmers can progress through the various levels and stages and what they will learn as they advance. 

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WATCH OUR SWIM LESSONS IN ACTION

ADDITIONAL SWIM PROGRAMS AND OFFERINGS

In addition to group swim lessons - the Greater Wichita YMCA offers personalized swim opportunities including private/semi-private lessons and more.

PRIVATE and SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

For swimmers wanting individual attention or with specific goals, we offer private and semi-private (one-on-three ratio) lessons at all branches with pools.

AGES   6 Mos.-118 Years
SWIM LEVELS   1-6
FREQUENCY   Varies by Enrollment
SESSION LENGTH   30-45 Minutes Available
LOCATIONS  
  • Andover
  • Downtown
  • East
  • El Dorado
  • Newton
  • North
  • Northwest
  • South
  • West

TO ENROLL Swimmers and/or Parents/Guardians can enroll in private/semi-private lessons at any location's Welcome Desk

SWIM ACADEMY

For advanced swimmers wanting to focus on skills development, stamina, and speed - often with aspirations of competitive swimming.

AGES   6-18-Years
SWIM LEVELS   5-6
FREQUENCY   2x/Week (August - May)
SESSION LENGTH   45 Minutes/Session
LOCATIONS  
  • Andover
  • East
  • El Dorado
  • North
  • Northwest
  • South

TO ENROLL Swimmers must perform a skills-assessment with the Aquatics Director/Staff at their desired program host branch.

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COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAM

We participate with Missouri Valley Swimming Association and USA Swimming qualifications to offer competitive swimming at two locations.

AGES   6-18-Years
SWIM LEVELS   6
FREQUENCY   2x/Week for 8 Months (August - May)
SESSION LENGTH   Varies (Practices, Intensives, Meets, Etc.)
LOCATIONS   Andover YMCA, Northwest YMCA

TO ENROLL Swimmers must schedule a try-out with the Coach and/or Aquatics Director/Staff at their team host branch. 

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LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSES

The Greater Wichita YMCA trains, certifies, hires, and employees more lifeguards than any other organization in the area. We need guards for our summer Water Park and camp season as well as for year-round indoor pools, swim lessons, our SPLASH program, open swim, and more. To enroll - you must be 16+ on your first class, have a valid photo I.D. and complete an in-pool physical competency test on your first session. We offer 37-hour courses with a final written exam.

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JOIN THE YMCA AND SAVE TODAY

Did you know that Greater Wichita YMCA members save on SWIM LESSONS and more? By joining TODAY you'll enjoy benefits including:

  • 5 Life-Status based Memberships, all less-than $2/day
  • Full access to all 10 of our area branch locations
  • Unlimited use of 850+ weekly Group Exercise Classes
  • Discounted rates on all other programs and activities
  • Access to 2,000+ YMCA locations nationally

Income-based financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Spend less and do more as a YMCA member.

MAKING HEALTHY CONNECTIONS

The Greater Wichita YMCA offers swim lessons and hundreds of ways to share time pursuing healthy spirit, mind, and body including:

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