Click HERE for the Aquatics Schedule for Open Swim, Lap Swim and Fitness Classes


Swimming Lessons

Group Swimming Lessons are back! While we are still limited in what we can offer, we are able to offer group swimming lessons with a capacity of 5 children per class. Next session starts in March! COVID precautions will be followed.

As our spaces open, please know that we are doing our best to keep our members, participants, and staff safe. However, we cannot completely eliminate the spread of illness. Please consider your risk when entering and participating in program/class offerings.

Click HERE for the Spring 2021 Swim lesson flyer.

Tuesday/Thursday Lessons:

Cost: Member $43 Potential Member $63

Session 1: February 2-25 (Only levels 3-6 and parent/child running)
Session 2: March 2-25 
Session 3: April 6-29
Session 4: May 4-27

5:30-6:00 PM    □ Level 1 □ Level 3
6:00-6:30 PM    □ Preschool Combo
6:30-7:00 PM    □ Level 2 □ Level 4
7:00-7:30 PM    □ Level 1 □ Level 5/6
6:00-6:30 PM    □ Parent/Child (Choose one below)
                               □ Session 1: February 2-25 (6 month -1.5 yrs)
                               □ Session 2: March 2-25 (1.5 yrs - 3 yrs)
                               □ Session 3: April 6-29 (6 month -1.5 yrs)
                               □ Session 4: May 4-27 (1.5 yrs - 3 yrs)

Saturday Lessons:

Cost: Member $35 Potential Member $50

Saturdays: April 3 - May 8, 2021
9:00-9:30 am         □ Level 1 □ Level 3
9:30-10:00 am       □ Level 1 □ Level 3
10:00-10:30 am     □ Level 2 □ Level 4
10:30-11:00 am      □ Parent/Child □ Preschool Combo
11:00-11:30 am      □ Level 2 □ Level 5/6

COVID specific information:

  • Swim lesson instructors will be screening the participants by the pool office door (next to the Family Locker Room). The participants will also be answering health screening questions with parental assistance.

  • Parents are allowed to be in the pool observation area but there is a maximum capacity of 4 people in that space. Masks must be worn at all times.

  • The Family Changing Room is available for changing and showering, but participants cannot leave clothing or other belongings in the changing spaces. Participants are encouraged to use the baskets in the pool area.

  • Parents are NOT required to be in the water with their child. 

Click HERE for the Spring 2021 Swim lesson flyer.

Private and Semi-Private Swimming Lessons

Private Swimming Lessons

Private lessons are sold in packages of 4-30 minute lessons. Lessons include one-on-one time with the instructor as well as curriculum geared towards the goals of the swimmer. After registering with member services, a swim lesson instructor will contact you via telephone to set up your lessons.

Member: $73          Potential Member: $93

Semi-Private Swimming Lessons

Semi-private lessons are sold in packages of 4-30minute lessons. Lessons include individualized time with the instructor. Semi-private lessons are ideal for pre-established small groups of people with similar abilities and goals. The cost is per person. You must create your own small group of similar level participants. After registering with member services, a swim lesson instructor will contact you via telephone to set up your lessons.

Cost per person: Member: $53          Potential Member: $73

     Click HERE for the Private Swimming lesson registration form


What level is my child?

Parent/Child: 6 mo to 3 years                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The goal in this 30 min class is to develop trust around water. Quality time with parent and teacher. Parents learn tools to help and hold their child in the water.                                                                       

Preschool Combo:

Learn water adjustment skills, front and back float and start moving in the water. This class is a combination of  Preschool 1 and 2. Class skills are determined by ability of participants.

The Fergus Falls YMCA follows the swimming lesson curriculum created by the American Red Cross. All instructors are ARC certified in Water Safety Instruction and CPR/AED.

Preschool One:

Learn water adjustment skills, front and back float. Children will become familiar with the water and putting their face in.   

Preschool Two:

Ideal for children who can float on front and back. Learn to move in the water on their front and back with face in the water.       

Preschool Three:

Children who can swim more than half a pool  length with a basic stroke and feel

comfortable on their back. Learn beginner or crawl stroke with rhythmic breathing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Level 1:

Introduction to Water Skills 5-7yrs

For the beginner who is comfortable in the water.

Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going underwater, supported front and back floating, supported rolling over from front to back and back to front, supported gliding, supported flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and  jumping  in.           

Level 2:

Fundamental Aquatic Skills 6-7yrs

Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put their head underwater.

Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating, independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front and back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their  head.    

Level 3:

Stroke Development  7-9yrs

Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back. 

Swimmers will work on: gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deeper water, treading water,and jumping into deep water.

Level 4:

Stroke Improvement 9-10 yrs

Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 25 yards.

Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and sidestroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to turning at the wall, treading water with modified scissors.           

Level 5:

Stroke Refinement 11-12 yrs

Swimmers should already be able to: swim freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke 25 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water.

Swimmers will work on: alternate breathing, stride jump, refinement of freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick and butterfly, open turn on front and back, feet-first surface dive, and treading water.      

Level 6:

Swimming Skill Proficiency 12-13yrs

Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 50 yds, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, sidestroke 10 yards, tread water for 3 minutes.

Swimmers will work on: All six strokes, front and back crawl flip turn, breaststroke turn, breaststroke speed turn and pullout, butterfly turn, sidestroke turn, pike and tuck, tread water for five minutes, and basic water rescue.



New to the Fergus Falls YMCA Pool?

Welcome! We are happy you are here!  Help us keep our patrons and facility safe by following the rules below.
                  Be cool, follow the rules


My child is registered for swim lessons. Now what?

Great! We are very excited to help you and your children on their journey to confidence in the water. Please read this swimming lesson information letter from Taylor, the Aquatics and Sports Coordinator.
                     Swimming Lesson General Questions 

For questions or more information: aquatics@fergusfallsymca.org

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