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For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy. 




Private and Semi-Private swim lessons provide personalized instruction, enhance personal abilities, and improve stroke technique, endurance, and strength. Lessons are taught and tailored to the swimmer's goals whether that is to be water safe, to learn each stroke, or join the swim team.



  • Ages 6 months+
  • Swim Lesson packages can be used for up to 6 months from purchase date
  • Flexibility to schedule your lesson when it's convenient for you!


  • Absences must be communicated to the Aquatics Department at least 6 hours prior to lesson start time.
  • Your receipt/proof of purchase must be shown on the first day of the swim lesson.
  • If receipt/proof of purchase is not shown on the first day, the lesson will not be administered.


Program Package Rates:

All sessions are 30 minutes in length.

1 Private Session: Members $35 | Non-Members $87.50

4 Private Sessions: Members $120 | Non-Members $300

8 Private Sessions: Members $200 | Non-Members $500

1 Semi-Private Session: Members $30 | Non-Members $75

4 Semi-Private Sessions: Members $100 | Non-Members $250

8 Semi-Private Sessions: Members $180 | Non-Members $450


Please fill out the private lesson request form and wait to be paired with an instructor before purchasing a package.

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What is the difference between Private Lessons and Semi-Private Lessons?

Private Lessons are swim lessons that are one student and one instructor. Semi-Private Lessons are swim lessons with two swimmers and one instructor. We do not provide the second swimmer for Semi-Private Lessons. You must have two swimmers registered to qualify for these lessons.

How do I schedule my lessons?

Scheduling is easy! You will fill out the Private Lesson Request Form that asks for information about the participant's ability and your availability. You will then receive an email when we pair you with an instructor. The email will contain the time slot, instructor name, and other pertinent information regarding the lessons.

Private Lesson Request Form

What do I need for my first lesson?

For your first lesson, you will need to wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. You will also need to show the instructor your receipt of purchase -- either as a print-out or a screenshot. The instructor will provide you with all of the other necessary tools for the lesson!

How do I let my instructor know I won't be at a lesson?

Cancelling/rescheduling a session is easy! Just send an email to with the swimmer's name, time slot, and date that the lesson will be cancelled. This communication must be done at least 6 hours prior to the swimmer's lesson, or the missed lesson will count as a completed lesson in your purchased package.

Do my private lessons expire?

Yes. Any unused lessons will expire 6 months after the date of purchase.

What if I want Private or Semi-Private Lessons, but I can't afford them?

The Bloomington-Normal YMCA will never deny services due to financial hardship. Thanks to our generous donors, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA offers reduced rates on membership and programs to those who qualify through our Financial Support program. If you have any questions regarding our Financial Support program, please click the button below or contact our Membership Team at (309) 827-6233.

Financial Support Page