Downtown Berkeley YMCA Swimming Programs

The YMCA of the East Bay Area offers swim lessons for all ages so that everyone can safely enjoy being in the water. Swimming is a life skill, as well as great exercise and a challenging sport.


a mom carrying her child in a pool

Infant & Toddler Swim Lessons

(Ages 6 months - 3 years) Introduce your little one to the pool with fun lessons that will acclimate them to the water.

children and an instructor make a circle in a pool

Preschool Swim Lessons

(Ages 3 - 5 years) Kids gain a tremendous sense of self-worth when they learn to swim and improve aquatic skills, all while having fun in the water!

a girl and her sibling in a pool

School Age Swim Lessons

(Ages 6 - 12 years) Kids learn basic stroke, pool safety, water sports and games in a friendly environment with peers.

a swimming girl

Teen Swim Lessons

(Ages 13 - 17 years) Teens focus on stroke development, personal growth, personal safety, and water sports.

Woman teaching child how to swim

Adult Swim Lessons

(Ages 18+ years) It’s never too late to improve upon your swimming skills and gain confidence in the water.

mothers and their children in a special section of a pool

Private / Semi-Private

Private lessons and semi-privates are an alternative for children and adults to improve swimming skills through one-on-one attention and coaching.