YMCA of the Triangle

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We believe learning to swim can save lives.

The YMCA of the Triangle launched Swim for Life in March 2011 in response to reports that minority children and teens had high drowning rates, and some 70% of African-American kids did not know how to swim.

We believe swimming is a life skill and all children and adults should have access to water safety classes and basic swim lessons. 

Swim for Life offers free swim lessons for children and adults based on income qualifications, and the program is funded through the YMCA's Annual Campaign.

Swim for Life classes are held periodically throughout the year at YMCA branches. 

Locations and Sessions

More upcoming opportunities are planned this fall. Please contact branch-specific staff (listed below) with interest.


All registrations for Swim For Life programs are held at the YMCA locations. 


To make Swim for Life possible, we rely on volunteers from our community. It's not necessary to be a swimming professional, we just ask that volunteers are comfortable in the water and have some swimming experience. There are also opportunities to cheer on participants and help with check-in. All volunteers will receive a brief training from Y staff before the sessions start. 

Swim for Life Contacts

A.E. Finley YMCA, Linda Singh
Alexander Family YMCA, Gretchen Golz
Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA, Katie Holmes
Ingram Family YMCA, Jack Schenk
Poole Family YMCA, Dustin Williams
Taylor Family YMCA, Eric Bjorkquist