Nurturing Skills and Building Confidence in the Water


The Y is America’s swim instructor. More than 100 years ago, the Y created the concept of group swim lessons, and to this day, it has taught millions invaluable water safety and swimming skills every year.   

Swimming is an activity that you can enjoy for a lifetime. It teaches confidence, endurance, determination, teamwork, and dynamic forms of movement. We offer a range of activities for individuals of all ages and skill levels, focussing on providing a safe, fun, and educational environment.  

We are committed to your safety. All YMCA aquatics programs are conducted under the supervision of certified lifeguards and trained instructors. 



of U.S. parents have low confidence with water activities or bodies of water.

9 IN 10


U.S. parents see swimming as a key life skill for children, on par with first aid skills or being able to prepare a simple meal.

1+ Million


People have learned how to swim at the Y in the U.S.



total registered swimmers in 2022 learned to swim at the Y.




Experience the Benefits of Swimming at the Y


Participating in our Aquatics program means you’ll be improving your swimming skills and water safety knowledge while building physical fitness and health through aquatic exercise. You’ll build confidence and self-esteem through a fun and engaging form of exercise.

Swimming is a highly healthy and a great exercise option for any age. It improves mental and emotional well-being, and it provides you with the opportunity to experience the benefits of water in a safe environment. Whether you're looking to swim laps, take swim lessons, join our swim team, participate in water exercise classes, or learn water safety skills, the Y is here to help you make a splash.






What ages are eligible to participate in YMCA Aquatics programs?

 View our Age Guidelines to learn more about the minimum age policy for the different amenities offered across our 9 YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties locations.

Do I need to know how to swim to participate in YMCA Aquatics programs?

No, our programs are designed for individuals of all skill levels, from those who have never been in the water to experienced swimmers.

Are lifeguards on duty during all YMCA Aquatics programs?

Yes, our pools are staffed by trained lifeguards during all aquatic activities to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.