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Learn to swim in a friendly, caring environment at the YMCA of the Triangle, where we have been teaching our community how to swim for more than 150 years. At the YMCA, our swim programs teach safety, skill and how to enjoy water activities for a lifetime. 

Learn more about the benefits of joining the YMCA.

Adult Swim Lessons

At the YMCA, we offer swim lessons for the beginner and for people looking to improve their strokes. Adult swim lessons are for people age 13 and older.

Participants are evaluated on the first day of class and placed accordingly. Whether you want to be a proficient lap swimmer, learn to float or acquire water safety skills, we are committed to working on your goals. 

Diversability Swim Lessons

Diversability Swim Lessons is a program designed to teach individuals of all ages with special needs how to swim and gain comfort in the water. At the Y, we believe that everyone should be able to learn to swim, regardless of their physical and cognitive ability. 

Junior Lifeguard

If you love to swim and care about the safety of others, find your purpose as a Junior Lifeguard! Gain the technical and interpersonal skills required of a lifeguard and learn about water safety and swim instruction. Graduates of this program will build confidence and improve leadership skills in and out of the pool and have the opportunity to be a Y lifeguard in the future! 

Lifeguard Training

The YMCA offers a full American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course that includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer, first aid, administering emergency oxygen, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention and decision-making skills.

Masters Swim

The word “Masters” has nothing to do with your skill level or current ability in the pool; just your age. Master Swim is open to adults 18 and older who are looking to improve their fitness through the sport of swimming.

Workouts vary throughout the week and focus on speed, endurance, and technique.

Outdoor Pools

The YMCA of the Triangle has 11 outdoor pools for members to enjoy. We’ve got lap lanes, toddler pools, zero-entry pools, water slides and splash pads. Not to mention generous deck space, plenty of chairs and even shade.

We encourage all our YMCA members to swim and play at any of our 11 outdoor pools.

Parent & Child Swim Lessons

The YMCA offers swim lessons for babies and toddlers ages 6 - 36 months and their parents.  Playgroup classes are offered for children ages 6 - 18 months and parent-child classes are offered for children ages 18 months - 3 years.

This water introduction program helps the parent and the child get used to the water and see the pool as fun. 

Preschool Swim Lessons

The YMCA of the Triangle offers progressive swim lessons for ages 3 - 5. YMCA swim lessons are taught year-round in our indoor and outdoor pools.

We use class levels to ensure your preschooler is placed according to his/ her ability. Children are evaluated at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate class based on demonstrated ability. 


Private Swim Lessons

The YMCA is offering private swim lessons for all YMCA Members at select branches. Private swim lessons allow a participant to work at a personalized level and on specific skills. For example, an instructor can work on a specific stroke, turn, or on encouraging a new swimmer to put their face in the water or jump from the edge of the pool.

Stroke School

Stroke School is an advanced series of swim instruction for youth who are interested in stroke proficiency for swim teams or lifeguarding certifications.

The program is taught by YMCA swim instructors and is for youth who have completed the Advanced Level of group swim lessons or have successfully completed an assessment showing preparedness for the program.

Summer Swim Team

YMCA summer swim teams are for Y members ages 5 to 18. Swimmers learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship and goal setting.

Swimmers compete in a series of meets during the summer against other YMCA of the Triangle branches.

Practices are age-specific and held in the afternoon/evening, Monday through Thursday. 

YOTA Swim Team Prep

The YMCA's YOTA Prep swim program provides a great bridge between swim lessons and the YOTA swim team. We offer two different Prep programs, depending on swimmer age.

Youth Swim Lessons

YMCA youth swim lessons emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development and are offered year-round for swimmers ages 6 - 12 of all skill levels. YMCA swim lessons emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development.

Beginning swimmers are introduced to basic stroke movement and learn how to be more comfortable in the water. More advanced swimmers are instructed in stroke technique, endurance and safety skills.