Youth Swim

The YMCA knows swim lessons, in fact, modern swim instruction was invented at the Y. Millions have learned how to swim at the Y – your child could be next.

NEW IN 2021

Now offering 4-week sessions with twice weekly lessons! You may also choose the traditional 8-week session with one lesson a week. Click Swim Levels below to register for your child's level.

The Y is offering swim lessons at Rockford Park District pools through a partnership with OSF Healthcare. Four 2-week sessions meeting Monday through Thursday will be offered, as well as one 8-week session meeting on Saturday mornings.

Sand Park & Alpine: Weekday lessons will be offered at 10:10AM, 11:00AM, 11:50AM, 6:10PM, and 7:00PM. Saturday lessons will be offered at 10:10AM, 11:00AM, and 11:50AM.

Weekday session dates are:

Saturday lessons will meet beginning 6/26 and end on 8/14.

Free, drop-in lessons M-TH at 2:15pm at Harkins Aquatics Center.

Registration is now open for Alpine Pool and Sand Park Pool. Click below.

Our YMCA certified instructors focus on swim instruction, water safety and fun for everyone.  Your child will build friendships, develop self-esteem and create positive experiences that will last a lifetime. We offer swim lessons for all ages and skill levels, lifeguard certification and the Stingray Youth Swim Team.

Year round swim lessons are offered in our warm-water, indoor pools.  Lessons are offered once a week with class offerings in the morning and evenings. 


At this time, we ask that only one parent get in during a parent-child class due to the need for social distancing.

Right now only two group classes will take place at any given time. There will be adequate room in the pool to keep the classes separated.

We are now limiting all classes, of all ages and abilities, to 4 swimmers. Even parent-child classes will only have up to 4 enrollments. However, classes with less than 3 participants will be canceled or, if possible, combined with another class.

Yes. If you want to get in the water and follow along with the instructor to help your child partake in the class from a distance, you are more than welcome to do so.

The CDC does not recommend wearing cloth masks in the water. We will be providing plastic face shields for our instructors to wear.

Limited on-deck seating will be available. Chairs and benches will be socially distanced and we ask that families not move these chairs or benches. Chairs and benches will be sanitized throughout the day.