Swimming

Through swimming lessons, swim teams, lap swimming and more, the YMCA of the Greater Seattle provides a safe environment for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Swim lessons provide kids and teens with the opportunity to set goals and achieve success, learn water safety and enjoy swimming as a form of exercise. Swimming at the Y helps people thrive - in and out of the water.

Swim Lessons

As the largest provider of swim lessons in the country, there’s no one more qualified than the Y to ensure swimmers build confidence with every stroke. Welcoming kids and adults of all ages and abilities, our program offers a clear progression track to monitor achievement while every lesson emphasizes personal safety around water.

Lap Swimming

Space in a lane will be first-come, first-served. Help maintain social distancing by following circle swim rules when there's more than two swimmer per lane and resting six feet apart from other swimmers when needed.

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Know Before You Swim

Find out how we're protecting swimmers with updated safety protocols, including reservations and limited capacity.

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Safety Around Water

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to removing barriers that limit all people from developing their full potential, and that includes being safe around water. 

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Outdoor Pools

The Y is proud to operate two outdoor pools each summer at Cottage Lake in Woodinville and the Yost Pool in Edmonds.

Some In-Person Programs Temporarily Suspended

At this time, we are not offering drop-in swim, swim team, or water-based group exercise in accordance with the Governor of Washington's Safe Start guidelines and other operating constraints.

Learn more about programming updates and new safety protocols by visiting our Welcome Back guide.

Swim Team

Want to swim competitively in a fun and positive environment? Join the team! Serving ages 6 to adult, swim team participants improve individual skills while swimming competitively both at the local and national levels. Your coaches will focus on proper technique while you improve your endurance, learn teamwork and make friends.

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Training & Certifications

The course offers up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary