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Learn to swim in a friendly, caring environment at the YMCA of the Triangle, where we have been teaching our community how to swim for more than 150 years. At the YMCA, our swim programs teach safety, skill and how to enjoy water activities for a lifetime. 

Adult Swim Lessons

At the YMCA, we offer swim lessons for the beginner and for people looking to improve their strokes. Adult swim lessons are for people age 13 and older.

Participants are evaluated on the first day of class and placed accordingly. Whether you want to be a proficient lap swimmer, learn to float or acquire water safety skills, we are committed to working on your goals. 

Lifeguard Training

The YMCA offers a full YMCA of the USA lifeguard training course that includes ASHI, BLS, First Aid and oxygen equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention and decision-making skills.

Participants must be 16 years old by the end of the class. Online prework, attendance, full participation, successful completion of written tests and performance of all water skills are required. 

Masters Swim


The word “Masters” has nothing to do with your skill level or current ability in the pool; just your age. Master Swim is open to adults 18 and older who are looking to improve their fitness through the sport of swimming.

Workouts vary throughout the week and focus on speed, endurance, and technique.

Outdoor Pools

The YMCA of the Triangle has 11 outdoor pools for members to enjoy. We’ve got lap lanes, toddler pools, zero-entry pools, water slides and splash pads. Not to mention generous deck space, plenty of chairs and even shade.

We encourage all our YMCA members to come swim and play at any of 11 outdoor pools.

Parent & Child Swim Lessons

The YMCA offers swim lessons for babies and toddlers ages 6 - 36 months and their parents.  Playgroup classes are offered for children ages 6 - 18 months and parent-child classes are offered for children ages 18 months - 3 years.

This water introduction program helps the parent and the child get used to the water and see the pool as fun. 

Preschool Swim Lessons

The YMCA of the Triangle offers progressive swim lessons for ages 3 - 5. YMCA swim lessons are taught year-round in our indoor and outdoor pools.

Private Swim Lessons

The YMCA is offering private swim lessons for all YMCA Members at select branches. Private swim lessons allow a participant to work at a personalized level and on specific skills. For example, an instructor can work on a specific stroke, turn, or on encouraging a new swimmer to put their face in the water or jump from the edge of the pool.

Stroke School

Stroke School is an advanced series of swim instruction for youth who are interested in stroke proficiency for swim teams or lifeguarding certifications.

The program is taught by YMCA swim instructors and is for youth who have completed the Advanced Level of group swim lessons or have successfully completed an assessment showing preparedness for the program.

Summer Swim Team

YMCA summer swim teams are for kids ages 5 to 18. Swimmers learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship and goal setting.

Swimmers who have not previously participated in swim team must be assessed before registration. To schedule an evaluation, please contact our branch staff. Availability will vary by age group. 

YOTA Swim Team Prep

The YMCA's YOTA Prep swim program provides a great bridge between swim lessons and the YOTA swim team. We offer two different Prep programs, depending on swimmer age.


It's the ideal opportunity for swimmers who want to continue swimming during the winter months without committing to a year-round swim team.

Our goal is to help build self-confidence and a love for swimming.

Youth Swim Lessons

YMCA youth swim lessons emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development. 

Youth swim lessons are offered year-round for swimmers ages 6 - 12 of all skill levels.

YMCA swim lessons emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development.