The Y Learn to Swim Program is oriented toward student-centered learning. It is designed to insure the student’s safety, provide for regular, progressive success, and make the learning process more enjoyable. Instructors are trained to offer the YMCA Swim Lesson Program.

There are 5 components of the YMCA Swim Lesson Program:
Personal Safety – Rules and Safety Tips, Floating, Treading, Use of PFDs (Personal Flotation Device), Boating Safety, Health and Safety
Personal Growth – Character Development, Personal Growth Opportunities
Stroke Development – Major Swimming Strokes
Water Games and Sports – Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Swimming
Rescue – Recognizing Emergencies, Getting Help, Non-swimming Rescues, First Aid

Pre-registration is required for these programs. These programs runs year-round in 6 or 7 week sessions. Click the “online registration” tab at the side of this page to join the current or upcoming session.

Session Dates

  • Winter I – January 7th-February 24th
  • Winter II – February 25th-April 14th
  • Spring I – April 15th-June 2nd


Preschool (3-5 years old)

The preschool swim program is designed to help children progress and build elementary swimming and safety skills. Class emphasis is on developing the coordination endurance, and self-confidence of the preschooler.

Winter I and II and Spring I: Mondays OR Thursdays 5:30-6pm

Member Fee: $39 | Community Fee: $77

Parent Handout – Swim


School Age (6-12 years old)

The school-age progressive swim program is designed to help children grow personally and develop strokes and safety skills. Emphasis is on endurance, personal safety, skill development, and lifesaving techniques.

Winter I and II and Spring I: Mondays OR Thursdays 6-6:45pm

Member Fee: $39 | Community Fee: $77

Parent Handout – Swim


Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi Private swim lessons are perfect for those that need more one-on-one instruction to reach the next level, learn new skills, or arrange lessons at a time that is convenient for your schedule.

 Fall I and II and Spring I: Half hour private lessons are offered on Wednesdays at either 4:00pm, 4:30pm, or 5:00pm. 
Member Fee: $83 | Community Fee: $109

Private lessons may be available at other times depending on instructor availability. Please fill out an inquiry sheet: Private Swim Lesson Interest Form  


Make A Splash Partner Information

In 2015, we became a local partner of the Make a Splash Program.  The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 3.4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network. The Cook County Community YMCA is excited to be one of over 725 qualified lesson providers in the nation.