Swim Lessons & Youth Aquatics


For over 110 years, the Y has been an innovator and leader in aquatics program development worldwide. We were the first organization to offer organized swim lessons and began Group Lessons in 1907 at the Detroit YMCA by George Corsan.

At the YMCA, children and adults learn to swim in a positive, fun manner that builds athletic, social and interpersonal skills. They learn about themselves, safety and rescue skills, and water activities that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Swim Test Policy 

Click here to view the swim test policy.

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines will swim test all pool users ages 14 and under that would like to use a YMCA of Greater Des Moines pool in water depths that exceed chest height of the individual.

Swim Lessons

Tips for swim lesson registrationRegister online for swim lessons at all YMCA branches, register in person at your branch's Welcome Center, or call the numbers listed in the chart below.

Winter/Spring Swim Lesson Information

  • Winter sessions: January through March (check individual schedules for sessions)
    • Member registration opens Dec. 4, 2015 at 5 a.m.
    • Non-member registration opens Dec. 18, 2015 at 5 a.m.
  • Spring sessions: March through May (check individual schedules for sessions)
    • Member registration opens Feb. 5, 2016 at 5 a.m.
    • Non-member registration opens Feb. 19, 2016 at 5 a.m.

If you have question about what level your child should be participating in please view our Swim Lesson Guidelines.


At the YMCA we take aquatics safety very seriously. We are the number one provider of Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications in central Iowa. This allows us to reach beyond our walls to keep kids safe in and around water. Have you ever wanted to be a part of keeping your community safe? With our American Red Cross lifeguard certification courses, you can do just that. Learn more about lifeguard certification.

Aquatics Resources

Branch Contact Swim Lessons Swim Team

Pool Schedule


Melissa Kuennen
965-8800 ext. 114

Swim lessons


Boone County
Pool Schedule
Vicki Greco



Pool Schedule

Karissa Bohn

Swim lessons begin Feb. 10


Pool Schedule


Brooke Morris



Pool under construction


Wellmark YMCA



South Suburban
Pool Schedule

Laura Dostal - Lifeguards
Brandi Hart - Lessons



Walnut Creek
Pool Schedule


Laura Dickens
224-9901 ext. 237


Pool Schedule
Brandon Treu

Adult Swim Lessons

Pre Swim Team

Swim Team


YMCA Healthy Living Center
Pool Schedule
Sheila Treu
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The YMCA of Greater Des Moines and the John R. Grubb Community YMCA received a $2500 grant from The USA Swimming Foundation. That organization's Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.

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