Creating Confident Swimmers

Swimming and water safety skills are crucial to being safe around pools, rivers and beaches, especially in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Y offers swim lessons for all ages – everyone from babies to seniors have learned how to be safe around the water and be comfortable in the pool.

To ensure each swim lesson participant improves their skills each session, students will build foundational skills, and with each successful session achievement, encounter new challenges as they progress.

Swim lessons are available at all Tampa Y family centers. Select an age group for more information, then choose a location and weekday or weekend to sign up for swim lessons! 

Parent & Child (6 months - 3 years)

Swim lessons at the Tampa Y begin at six months old. A parent joins their child in the pool to get the baby acclimated to the water. Parents learn water safety skills to keep children safe in and around water. 

Cost per Session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to Expect 
On the first day of lessons, the parent and child will meet the deck supervisor on the pool deck to check in. All class participants will meet their swim instructor and begin the lesson. Each Parent and child swim lesson is 30 minutes.

Register Now Click "Register" at your preferred location, weekday or weekend lessons. If your day isn't available, choose another location on the registration site.

Sign up for Parent & Child Swim Lessons

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra - -
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
- Register
Central City Register Register
Campo Register Register
East Pasco - Register
New Tampa Register Register
North Brandon - Register
Northwest Hillsborough Register Register
Plant City - Register
South Tampa - -
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina - Register

 

Preschool Swim (ages 3 - 5)

Children enrolled in the Preschool Swim lesson will build confidence in the water as they become more comfortable being in the pool without a parent. 

Cost per Session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to Expect
On the first day of lessons, participants will meet on the pool deck, check-in with the on deck supervisor and meet their swim instructor. Lessons vary from 30 to 45 minutes based on session length (number of weeks). Parents will receive an end of session report card on the last day of lessons.

Register Now Click "Register" at your preferred location, weekday or weekend lessons. If your day isn't available, choose another location on the registration site.

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra Register -
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
Register Register
Central City Register Register
Campo Register Register
East Pasco Register -
New Tampa Register Register
North Brandon Register Register
Northwest Hillsborough Register Register
Plant City Register Register
South Tampa Register -
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina Register Register

School Age (ages 6 - 12)

The school age swim lesson program is for children ages six to 12 years and is designed for children to try and learn beginner skills, and adding new challenges to build on established skills.

Beginner swimmers focus on developing comfort going under water, self-rescue skills, body position/control, changing directions and forward movement.

Intermediate school age swimmers focus on performing the skills listed above, at longer distances. Swimmers will also learn side breathing and integrated arm/leg action.

More advanced swimmers will learn and practice stroke techniques for front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly at progressively longer distances. Swimmers will focus on stroke technique, endurance and treading water.

Choose the Correct Difficulty

Some locations offer specific beginning, intermediate and advanced swim lessons. Answer these questions to determine the best type of session for your child(ren). 

  • Beginner
    • Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
    • Can the student do a front and back float on their own?
  • Intermediate
    • Can the student do the Beginner skills?
    • Can the student swim 10 to 15 yards on their front and back?
    • Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
  • Advanced
    • Can the student do the Beginner and Intermediate skills?
    • Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke across the pool?
    • Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke across the pool and back?


Cost per Session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to Expect
For all swim lesson sessions, swimmers will be placed into classes based on like abilities. On the first day of lessons, participants will meet on the pool deck, check-in with the on deck supervisor and meet their swim instructor. Parents will receive an end of session report card on the last day of lessons.

Register Now Click "Register" at your preferred location, weekday or weekend lessons. If your day isn't available, choose another location on the registration site.

School Age (ages 6 -12) Swim Lessons

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra Register -
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
Register Register
Central City Register Register
Campo Register Register
East Pasco Register Register
New Tampa Register Register
North Brandon Register Register
Northwest Hillsborough Register Register
Plant City Register Register
South Tampa Register -
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina Register Register

Teen/Adult (ages 13+)

Swim lessons for teens and adults begin at age 13 and the lessons will be tailored based on the individual’s ability at the time of the first lesson. Participants may have little to no swimming skills, a fear of water or may be looking to improve their stroke technique. Swim lessons are progressive and build on skills learned throughout the session.

Cost per Session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to Expect
For all swim lesson sessions, swimmers will be placed into classes based on like abilities. On the first day of lessons, participants will meet on the pool deck, check-in with the on deck supervisor and meet their swim instructor. Participants will receive an end of session report card on the last day of lessons.

Registering Now Click "Register" at your preferred location, weekday or weekend lessons. If your day isn't available, choose another location on the registration site.

Teen/Adult (ages 13+) Swim Lessons

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra - -
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
- -
Central City Register Register
Campo - Register
East Pasco - Register
New Tampa Register Register
North Brandon - Register
Northwest Hillsborough Register Register
Plant City - -
South Tampa - -
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina - -

Private & Semi Private

Private lessons are available for swimmers ages three and up who want one-on-one learning with a certified swim lesson instructor. Lessons will be tailored to each participants abilities and goals. Packages vary by location and are typically offered as 1 lesson, 3 lessons or more.

Semi-Private lessons are available for participants ages three and above, and take place in groups of two to three people who want to take private lessons together. These small group lessons are perfect for families, siblings and/or friends. Each participant is required to purchase a package of lessons.

Register Now

Select locations offer online registration – click the YMCA name to register!

After signing up, the Aquatics Director or a staff member will be in touch to discuss availability and schedule preferences and connect the participants with an instructor.

  1. Campo (Valrico)
  2. Central City (Tampa Heights)
  3. East Pasco (Zephyrhills)
  4. North Brandon (Seffner)
  5. Plant City
  6. South Tampa

Some locations offer phone and in-person registration only – Please complete the request form to contact the Aquatics Director at your Y!

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons Request Form

Name
Select up to three preferred locations for private or semi-private swim lessons.
Bob Gilbertson Central City Family Y (Tampa Heights)
Bob Sierra North Tampa Family YMCA (Carrollwood)
Campo Family YMCA (Valrico)
East Pasco Family YMCA (Zephyrhills)
New Tampa Family YMCA (New Tampa)
North Brandon Family YMCA (Seffner)
Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA (Town 'N' Country)
Plant City Family YMCA (Plant City)
South Tampa Family YMCA (South Tampa)
Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road (Riverview)
YMCA Camp Cristina (available at Spurlino)
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