Bloomington-Normal YMCA

Learn To Swim

give kids the opportunity to learn to swim

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.

The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909). Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills. As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools. Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities. In addition to water safety and swim lessons, the Y is a leader in competitive swim, and has been for more than 100 years when the first national YMCA swimming records were filed in 1907.





LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS: ​Not sure what level to register for?  Contact the Learn to Swim Coordinator to set up a new swimmer evaluation to ensure that they are placed in a level that would allow them to experience the most success.  The evaluation takes about 10 minutes and they are conducted at the Bloomington-Normal YMCA.

Private Lessons:

We have updated our private swim lessons program and are now offering specific days and times for private lessons per week. Sign-ups are first come first serve.

Registration can be done online or in person at the YMCA located at 602 S. Main St, Bloomington IL, 61701.  Be sure to provide an updated e-mail address when registering as this is the primary form of communication used throughout each session.

Registration In Person:

  1. Inform the front desk that you’d like to register for swim lessons.  Be sure to clarify the session, level, and day/ time of the lesson(s) you wish to register for.  Submit a form of payment (cash, check, credit card) to complete the registration process.  Be sure to request either a hard copy or an emailed copy of your receipt.


For more questions,concerns, or more information, please contact our Director of Aquatics, Keegan O'Reilly; 


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