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Healthy Living - Aquatics


When you learn to swim, you gain confidence, acquire safety /rescue skills and experience water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Throughout all stages, we teach students how to be safer and more comfortable in the water.  The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.


The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor”

More than 100 years ago, The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons.  Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.

As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools.  Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.

In addition to water safety and swim lessons, the Y is a leader in competitive swim, and has been for more than 100 years when the first national YMCA swimming records were filed in 1907. Y Swim Lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve. 

The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates students of varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with swim classes and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.


Through competitive aquatics programs, participants experience achievement, feel a sense of belonging and build supportive relationships.

  • Swimming motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.
  • Swimming also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.
For Healthy Living

Group Swim Lessons

The Y’s new swim lesson progression curriculum is designed to help participants reach their goals and provide a clear progression track.

Lifeguard Training

YMCA Lifeguard Training is a comprehensive course, for ages 16 and up, that focuses on water rescue, safety and prepares lifeguards to anticipate and prevent dangers.

Masters Swim

Masters Swim is a blend of fitness and competitive swimming for adults 18 and older. The structured workouts use techniques of interval training with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship.

Pools and Waterparks

Cool off at one of our many pools and water parks where you can kick, jump, swim and splash the days away. Staying active in and out of the water is just one of the many ways the Y strengthens us all.

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are perfect for those who prefer one-on-one attention. An instructor will work with you to determine the best path to help you achieve your personal goals.

Swim Assessments

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable pool experience for all. All children 12 and under must participate in a swimming skills assessment.

Swim Teams

Swim Teams at the Y are designed for all levels of ability. They’re a great way for elementary-aged kids and teens to make friends, have fun and enjoy a little bit of friendly competition.

Water Exercise

Whether you’re an experienced swimmer wanting to train with a group or simply looking to add something new to your workout routine, the Y has programs and water exercise classes to fit your ability and desired level of intensity.

Waterfront at Lake Norman

The Lake Norman YMCA is one of a few YMCAs in the country located directly on a waterfront. All members have access to the waterfront each Friday through Sunday during the summer.