Why the Y
for swim lessons?

We’ve been doing this for more than 100 years and we know how to do it right. We help students learn at their own pace, which builds confidence in and out of the water.

We limit our class sizes so children can receive individualized instruction. Our largest classes have a 6:1 instructor ratio. We also have some classes with even smaller ratios with more one on one time per student.

We have lessons for anyone! First, find the lessons that are right for you, then register online. For questions, contact our Aquatics Director – Kaitlin Pohland, Kaitlin.Pohland@scymca.org.

Swim Lessons during COVID-19: 

The St. Cloud Area Family YMCA has made a number of modifications to our Swim Lessons Policies and Procedures in order to comply with the latest recommendations from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health.

  • Parents will be allowed to escort their children onto the pool deck, but then will be asked to leave the pool area for the remainder of their child’s lesson.
  • Students are asked to arrive in their swimsuit.
  • Students will enter the pool area through the locker rooms.
  • Students will be required to shower before entering the pool.
  • Bring your own towel.
  • Parents should arrive back at the Y in time to pick up their children. Parents who feel comfortable doing so may pick up their children at the front door. You may also meet your child outside the Locker Rooms.
  • Our pool follows all Minnesota State Codes regarding the amount of chlorine required to be in the water. Water in a well-maintained pool does kill the Coronavirus, however, our staff will be continuously cleaning surfaces to keep swimmers safe.

Our swim class names have recently changed. If you were a… you’ll now register for

  • Shrimp > Stage A (3 and younger, with parent)
  • Perch > Stage B (3 and younger, with parent)
  • Pike and Eel > Stage 1 (3 to 5 years old)
  • Starfish and Ray > Stage 2 (4 to 6 years old)
  • Polliwog > Stage 3 (6 to 8 years old)
  • Guppy > Stage 4 (6 to 9 years old)
  • Minnow and Fish > Stage 5 (8 to 12 years old, pending skill level)
  • Stroke School > Stage 6 (9 and up, pending skill level)

*Does not apply to swim team or adult lessons (adult lessons are private only)

*Day of registrations may be accepted but MUST be approved by Aquatics Director Kaitlin Pohland

Please call us at (320) 253-2664 or stop in at the Front Desk of the YMCA for more information including pricing.

If you are interested in private lessons geared towards training for triathlons, open water swimming, or competitive swimming, you can find more information HERE, or by contacting Aquatics Director – Kaitlin Pohland, Kaitlin.Pohland@scymca.org