At the YMCA of Orange County, we believe everyone should have access and the opportunity to swim throughout the year.  Each year, more than 3,500 children, families and adults learn to swim at the YMCA. Our approach goes beyond teaching strokes; we cultivate a supportive community and individual attention that helps discover and nurture a lifetime love and respect of the water.

Swim Programs Offered

  • Adult Swim Lessons
  • Youth Swim Lessons
  • Preschool Swim Lessons
  • Parent & Child Swim Lessons
  • Adaptive Needs Lessons
  • Private & Group Lessons
  • Water Polo/Splashball
  • Youth Swim Team*
  • Lifeguard Training
  • Masters Swim Class

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*The YMCA swim team is for youth who have a strong desire to swim competitively or recreationally and participate in a team environment.  There are many levels, beginner to advanced, and practices are held multiple times per week.

Adult Swim Lessons

Adult swimming classes are designed for adults looking to learn to swim, improve their technique, or build water confidence. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your strokes, our adult swimming lessons cater to all levels.

**Some programs and classes may not currently be available.

Help Keep Your Kids Safe

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water — but as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your kids sidelined. By equipping kids with the tools they need to be confident in and around water, they’ll be able to reap the health benefits of exercise, bond with family and friends and take pride in their new skills — safely. Enroll in swimming lessons at the Y today!

Safety Around Water

Swim Lessons

The Y provides children across the U.S. with access to swimming lessons and water safety education. The Y introduced the country to group swimming lessons over 110 years ago in 1909. Now, as one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, we teach more than a million children, especially those most at-risk of drowning, invaluable water safety and swimming skills each year at our swimming centers.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

  • Swim Starters helps children ages six months to three years develop swim readiness skills through fun experiences that build confidence. In addition, parents learn how to supervise children in the water, prevent accidents and plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics enables students of all ages to gain basic water safety and swimming skills. Swimmers become comfortable and confident in the water through practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration and learning how to swim to safety if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older swimmers (school-age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique in this swim class, developing skills that can help prevent chronic disease, increase overall well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Swim Locations

Fullerton Family YMCA
Mission Viejo Family YMCA
Newport-Mesa Family YMCA
Pomona – Ganesha Park Pool (Summer Only)
Pomona – Washington Park Pool (Summer Only)

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