In answer to a YMCA campaign “to teach every man and boy in North America” to swim, George Corsan arrived at the Detroit YMCA in 1909 to teach swimming using radical new methods: group swimming lessons and lessons on land as a confidence builder. In Newark, N.J., alone, he taught 800 boys to swim in just four weeks.
Today, the YMCA is still the nation's leading expert in swimming and water safety!
Y branches across the Greater St. Louis area offer a variety of aquatics programs that include infant-parent classes, preschool classes, classes for people with disabilities and classes for teens and adults. In addition, we offer water exercise classes and water sports, including synchronized swimming and even SCUBA. Competitive programs are also available for youth and adults through Masters programs Courses for lifeguard certification are also available at many of our Ys.
The YMCA recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips when in and around the water:
Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.
Click below for information about water safety:
For more information on specific class descriptions and the days/times offered, visit our online registration page. Interested in becoming a lifeguard? Check HERE to learn about the Y's Lifeguard Training Certification.
Pool Renewal Coming Soon!
Branches of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis will be draining their pools temporarily over the next several weeks to perform deep cleaning and annual maintenance projects that keep our pool clean, safe and secure!
Click HERE for a schedule of pool closures by branch.
During this time, we hope you’ll enjoy other workout options at the Y. See the Service Center at your branch for suggestions. Y members may visit indoor pools at other branches of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis for lap and recreational swim needs. Thank you for your patience.