YMCA Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons provide important life skills that could save a life, and will benefit you for a lifetime.

We are happy to announce that we will now be able to provide swim lessons to the Brainerd Lakes Area community. We are surrounded by lakes and experiences in and out of the water all summer long. Children are 100 % curious. Teach them to respect the water and learn how to swim by signing up for swim lessons today! All of our instructors are highly trained in a nationally recognized swim lesson program. To ensure safety at all times a life guard is always on duty. Our Y is taking precautions when it comes to swim lessons and Covid 19. The following measures will take place for each lesson:

  • Children who need assistance or children in stages 1-3 will require one parent/guardian to be in the water with them.
  • Parents/guardians will be required to wait outside of the pool area till lessons are complete(if you’re not in the water with your child).
  • Children will be required to bring their own goggles.
  • Training equipment will be provided for class and will be disinfected after each use.
  • A health screening will be taken upon entry into the building.
  • Towels will not be provided.
  • To limit contact, only certificates will be issued at the end of the last day of lessons.
  • Class sizes will be smaller to to keep to social distancing.

New participants are encouraged to fill out a Swimmer Information Form to ensure best group placement.

CLICK HERE for the New Group Lesson Schedule

Preschoolers aged 3-5 years old can register for Stages 1-4 in our Swim Lesson Curriculum. Click to find out more about this program.

School aged kids 6-12 years old can sign up for Stages 1-6. Once all 6 stages have been complete they are eligible to continue on to the Pathways program. Click to find out more about these classes.

Teen and Adult classes are for 13 years and up covering stages 1-6. Please click to find out more.

If group classes aren’t your thing you can sign up for private or semi private lessons for you or your child. Please click for further details as well as the registration form.

Swim Lessons FAQs

How do I register?
Class you want is full?

We offer waitlists for every swim lesson course! Take advantage by putting your child’s name on the waitlist for the class at no cost to you. Calls* will be made up to the day before classes start if there is an opening or an additional class being added. We do our best to accommodate each student on the waitlists. * Be sure to have an updated phone number on file.

Not sure what level to register for?

We offer free swim lesson assessments. To schedule one please contact Laura at lmarsolek@blymca.org. You can also take a look at the following lesson selectors to help aid you in your decision. 

What do I need to bring to lessons?

We ask that you come already dressed in your swimsuit and that you bring your own:

  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Swim Goggles
  • and Hair band(if applicable)

For infants and children who are not potty trained we require the use of I-Play swim diapers. We have some of these for purchase at the front desk if needed.

Family/Special Needs Locker Room Guidelines

For adults with small children of the opposite gender, (father/ daughter, mother/son), children enrolled in Childcare, people with disabilities and/or needing special accommodations. This locker room is co-ed and nudity is not allowed in showers or public part of the locker room. Shower usage is restricted to one adult with or without children. We provide private showers, changing rooms, bathrooms, special needs accessible shower, changing area and bathroom. An infant changing station and vanity area is also available. Cell phone and camera usage is prohibited.

FREE –  YMCA Swim Lessons Home Activities

With schools out and programs temporarily suspended in response to COVID-19, we have a variety of home activities that can develop and maintain the skills learned in our swim lesson program.  You can refer to the swim lesson program information to isolate specific activities that match the skills currently being taught in the interrupted swim session.  Click the Link Below.

Swim Lessons Home Activities

602 Oak St.
Brainerd, MN 56401




Monday-Thursday 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Friday 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Saturday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM