Learn to Swim at the Y

The Greater Wichita YMCA provides a safe, fun, encouraging environment to help all swimmers feel comfortable learning in the water. Y swim lessons participants can expect:

  • LOCATION Choose any one of our 10 pool branch locations in Andover, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson and throughout Wichita, KS.
  • OPTIONS Private (1:1), Small Group, and Group Classes available. 1-time, 2-week, monthly, and on-going enrollment.
  • QUALITY STAFF Our swim instructors are CPR, AED, first aid, oxygen certified and hold YMCA swim lesson certifications. Many have additional accreditation and training to their credit.
  • GREAT PRICES To ensure access to all swimmers we offer low rates, member discounts, and income-based pricing, too.


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Monthly Classes

  • Ages 6 months +
  • One month commitment 
  • Classes meet once per week
  • Get started with water safety and swimming fundamentals to progress through swim skills
  • Curriculum repeats each month to reinforce skills
  • Monthly progress reports are provided
Swim Starters

Parent participation required. Parents are guided to work with their child to explore fundamental safety and aquatics skills.

    • 6 mo.-2 yrs.
    • 30 minutes
    • ages 2-3
    • 30 minutes
Youth Lessons

From beginners to seasoned swimmers, kids will become more comfortable in the water, develop personal safety, and progress through aquatics skills. They will focus on body position, control, forward movement, rotary breathing, integrated arm and leg action, and all major swim stroke techniques. 

  • Level 1: Water Acclimation
  • Level 2: Water Movement
  • Level 3: Water Stamina
  • Level 4: Stroke Intro
  • Level 5: Stroke Development
  • Level 6: Stroke Mechanics 

Two age groups are offered:

  • Preschool Age
    • ages 3-5
    • Levels 1-4
    • 45 minutes
  • School Age
    • ages 6+
    • Levels 1-6
    • 45 minutes
Adult Swim

It is never too late to learn! Improve safety skills and develop swim strokes as you enhance your swimming abilities. 

  • ages 18+
  • 45 minutes 
Adaptive Swim

Greater Wichita YMCA’s Private Adaptive Swim Lessons are lead by instructors who have completed trainings specializing in adaptive swim instruction. Private Adaptive Swim Lessons use techniques to modify or adapt to the individuals abilities and needs with an emphasis on skills that promote safety around water.

These lessons are ideal for those with anxiety, physical, sensory, communication or behavior challenges and are appropriate for all ages.


Academy Classes

Requires approval of the Aquatics Director. Contact your local Y for setting up a swim test. Available at Hutchinson, East, El Dorado, Northwest, North and South YMCAs. Class fees payable via bank draft only.

  • Ages 6-18
  • Multi month commitment
  • Classes meet twice per week for 45 minutes
  • Progress faster than monthly classes
  • Intensive swim skill development, as swimmers continue to build confidence in the water
  • Curriculum progress each month to advance swimming skills
  • Quarterly progress reports are provided



Swim Team

  • Ages 6-18
  • Yearly commitment
  • Advanced skills will be developed
  • Train year-round on stroke development, swim skills and team building
  • Compete at local, state and national levels as part of the USA Swimming and Missouri Valley Swimming Associations 
  • Tryout and invitation required
  • Contact an Aquatics Director for more information

To tryout for Swim Team, contact:

  • Andover YMCA at 316-733-9622
  • Northwest YMCA at 316-260-9622
  • Hutchinson YMCA at 620-662-1203

Fees vary depending on level. Additional costs for personal equipment, meet fees and swim association dues may apply.

Private Lessons

The YMCA offers 30 minute private and semi-private lessons tailored to each swimmer's needs and abilities. Register at your YMCA's Membership Desk to get started.