GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

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NOTICE - FACE MASKS REQUIRED INSIDE OUR Ys

Face masks (covering nose and mouth) are required while inside our 10 branches and 3 YMCA Farha Sport Centers with few exceptions. Read our full policy for details. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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. 

SWIM STARTERS

  • One, 30-Minute Session/Week
  • 2-Week / 4-Week (Monthly) Classes Available
  • Ages 6-months - 3-years
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, moving to WATER ACCLIMATION when the swimmer is ready. 1:1 lessons are also available for first-time/early swimmers.

SWIM BASICS and SWIM STROKES

  • One, 45-Minute Session/Week
  • 2-Week / 4-Week (Monthly) Classes Available
  • Ages 3-103
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

SWIM STAGES 1-4

AGES 3-5

SCHOOL-AGED SWIM LESSONS

SWIM STAGES 1-6

AGES 6-12

TEEN SWIM LESSONS

SWIM STAGES 1-6

AGES 12-7

ADULT SWIM LESSONS

SWIM STAGES 1-6

AGES 18-118

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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 months-103 years
  • SWIM LEVELS 1-6
  • SESSION LENGTH 30-45 Minutes
  • FREQUENCY Varies
  • Y 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 online or 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
  • SESSION LENGTH 45 Minutes
  • FREQUENCY 2x/Week with Monthly Enrollment 
  • Y 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
  • SESSION LENGTH 45 Minutes
  • FREQUENCY 2x/Week with 9-Month (September-May) Enrollment 
  • Y LOCATIONS Andover, Northwest

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.

BETTER TOGETHER AT THE Y

The Greater Wichita YMCA hundreds of ways to build our community through shared time including:

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