This Winter we’re excited to re-introduce group swimming lessons at our Westhills Y location! Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons develop lifelong skills to help participants be safe in and around the water.

Our swimming programs will continue to provide the same safe, high quality and fun lessons that our members enjoyed prior to the pandemic. As we continue to experience consistent aquatics staffing shortages, initial offerings will be limited and there will be changes to the registration process to allow for as many members to participate as possible while also allowing for program adjustments based on staffing availability.

We continue to hire and train new aquatics staff and hope to increase our capacity for swimming lesson availability. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining our aquatics team, please see course availability here. If you’re already certified, our available positions can be viewed here.

Currently, the Downtown Y does not have adequate staffing to accommodate group swim lessons.

Swimming Lesson Seasons

Swimming Lessons will be offered for registration in seasons. At the end of each season, participants will re-register for the next season; lessons are no longer following the continuous registration format. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis.

Winter 2023 – Sunday January 8th – Saturday March 18th, 2023

Swimming lessons will be available on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 9:00am – 11:30am.


Registration is available online only, schedules are available here.  Registration opens Monday December 12th at 12:00pm(noon).

Swim lessons are included, at no additional cost, in child or family memberships.

Due to the limited availability of spaces, participants may only register for one weekly group lesson set per season. In addition, those that are unable to commit to a full season of lessons, and expect 3 or more lessons will be missed, are asked to wait for the next season to register for lessons.  Members who register for more than one lesson per week will be withdrawn from their lessons.

Membership at the Y provides access to many facilities and services.  An active membership is required at registration and for the duration of the swim lesson season. Membership does not guarantee registration. If a member does not secure a space in swim lessons there will be no refund of membership fees.

If a lesson timeslot is full please register for a waiting list.  We will contact you if a space becomes available.

Lessons are available to all Vancouver Island Y members, regardless of home branch.

YMCA Swim Lesson Levels

Swimming lessons are based on age at the start date of the lesson season; Preschool Age lessons 3-5 years and School Age lessons 6-12 years.

Review the YMCA Swim Lesson Criteria – what your child will learn in the lesson.

Swimming Level Assessments

To ensure that we have current swim level information (needed when grouping participants into levels within their age group timeslot) we will be offering Swimming Level Assessments.

Members will register for an assessment where one of our Head Instructors will evaluate their skills and provide a current level to be inputted in the lesson registration process.

Register for A Swim Assessment

If the swimmer has a current Report Card (within the last 3 months) from Y private swim lessons or swim lessons at another facility, an assessment will not be necessary- just email your current report card to

Private/Semi-Private Swimming Lessons

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons are for current Y members. Your membership must remain current and in good standing, for the duration of your lessons. Registration is required. Private Lesson fees are $32.50+gst per lesson; Semi-Private Lesson fees are discounted at 50% for the additional swimmer.  Lessons are non-refundable.

Available to participants 3+ yrs.

Member booking the lessons is responsible for registering 2nd participant within same swimming ability and ensuring they are present for lessons.

To review swim level conversion chart, click here.

Check Availability

Review the private swim lesson refund/cancellation policy.


Progress reports can be retrieved online using your child’s customer ID number.  If you do not have this ID number or your child’s report is not listed please email our team.


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