At the Y, we believe teaching children and adults how to be safe around water is not a luxury but a necessity.
The YMCA’s Swim for Life program teaches essential water safety skills through a series of free sessions for children and families in our Y Learning, Community Hope and Camp Excel programs. Swim for Life is designed to reduce the risk of drowning and build confidence in and around water.
This spring, we’re making a big splash by hosting free Swim for Life sessions at YMCAs across the Triangle thanks to a sponsorship from Delta Air Lines.
Regional Session Information
A.E. Finley YMCA
Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 7
2 - 3 p.m. with Refugee Hope Partners
Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18 - May 4
6:15 - 7 p.m. & 7:15 - 8 p.m.
*Registration has filled for ages 3 - adult
Southeast Raleigh YMCA
Saturdays & Sundays
April 22 - May 7
Sat.: 11 - 11:35 a.m.
Sun.: 2 - 2:35 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays
April 22 - May 7
Sat: 10 - 10:50 a.m.
Sun.: 1 - 1:50 p.m.
Taylor Family YMCA
Tuesdays & Thursdays
April 25 - May 11
6:15 - 8:50 p.m.
Parents interested in signing up their children (or themselves - classes are open for adults), should contact one of the YMCAs listed below. Please email the YMCA where you and your family wish to take lessons. There are limited spaces.
A.E. Finley YMCA (*this location's lessons have been filled*): Linda Singh
Southeast Raleigh YMCA: Waleska Brown | Interest Forms: English, Spanish
Taylor Family YMCA: Eric Bjorkquist
To make Swim for Life possible, we rely on volunteers from our community. It's not necessary to be a swimming professional. We ask that volunteers are confident swimmers and have some swimming experience. There are additional opportunities to cheer on participants and help with check-in. All volunteers will receive a brief training from Y staff before the sessions start.
To provide continuity for swimmers, volunteer instructors are asked to attend all sessions over the three-week period. Volunteers will help with instruction under the guidance and supervision of the swim lesson instructor staff. Spanish speakers are desired.
To sign up to volunteer please select the location where you wish to volunteer. You'll be directed to a separate website, Volunteer Matters, where you can sign up. The YMCA requires background checks and a 25-minute online training for all volunteers.
A.E. Finley YMCA: Volunteer
Southeast Raleigh YMCA: Volunteer
Taylor Family YMCA: Volunteer