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:
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.