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For more than a century, the YMCA has been the nation's leading expert in swimming and water safety! 

Y branches across the Greater St. Louis area offer a variety of aquatics classes for all ages and abilities, including infant and parent, preschool-age, school-age, teens, adults, seniors and people with disabilities.  Group and private lessons are also available.  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.

Here are some water safety tips from the Y:

Water Safety 

Drowning Facts

Choosing a Life Jacket

Inclusion Services

The Y provides inclusive programming and reasonable accommodations for all our program participants.  If you or your loved one has a disability and would like to participate in our swimming programs, please contact Sherri Rocklage at (314) 678-0162 or