Confidence in the Water
Drowning is the #1 cause of unintential injury related deaths fir children under 5 and is the leading cause for children under 14. At the Y, it is our foundational desire to educate children about water safety and how to swim. We want kids to LOVE the WATER and for parents to feel confident about their kids being in the water. We build confidence! We believe the ability to swim is a critial life skill and we take it very serious.
We use a variety of fun methods to help children overcome fear, build confidence in the water and develop skills that last a lifetime! Classes are divided by age and ability where our coaches emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills guided with praise and encouragement.
The YMCA teaches more swim lessons across the nation for kids and families than any other organization! Thank you for choosing and trusting the Abilene YMCA to teach your kids how to swim and love water! Due to covid, we are not providing towels at this time.
Register in-house at the YMCA of Abilene or online!
Group Swim Lessons
We serve the community as a resource in aquatic education and water safety through student-centered swim instruction. Children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years old learn and practice new swim skills that last a lifetime. Swimmers in our program become more comfortable and secure around water as we emphaize water safety and stroke development. Registration deadline is the 25th of the previous month and lessons begin on the first Monday of the next month.
Private Swim Lessons
Adults and children can participate in our Private Swim Lessons. Private & Semi-Private "Buddy" Swim Lessons will provide participants with individual instruction from one of our swim instructors. Private Lessons can make a difference in improving swim ability and technique and give focused and specific instrcution at an individuals own pace. Instructors encourage participants to practice skills learned through our program to help improve swimming ability and strength in the water. Registration deadline is the 25th of the previous month and lessons begin on the first Monday of the next month.
Pool Parties and Facility Rentals
The Y is a great place to have your next birthday party or family gathering! Contact the front desk for dates and time!
Tidal Wave Swim Team
Our goal is to create a fun yet challenging Swim Team for various ages ranging from 5-18 year olds. It's our desire that our Tidal Wave swim team members have fun, push themselves and ultimately, become strong confident swimmers!
Tidal Wave Swim Team is a year-round swimming program for members and non-members. The season will run September through July and take a short break in the month of August. Before each season we will offer an assessment date. At these assessments our coaches will place each Tidal Wave Swim Team member into one of four groups.
Cost: one-time $35 registration fee. $75/month for members. $100/month for non-members.
Equipment Needed: Bag, Fins, Goggles, Towels, Pull Buoy & Suits
This course is designed to give participants the basic skills and knowledge needed to be lifeguards in pools and aquatic environments. The comprehensive course offers up to date information on how to guard, anticipate, and prevent problems and to take action to help those in need. CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications are included in the cost of the program. Participants must pass a swim test on the first day of class in order to remain registered.
Dates and times vary by month. Dates will be posted when classes are offered. Contact Joe Roberts for more details (325)695-3400
Must be 16 or older