Superior Douglas County Family YMCA


YMCA Swim Lessons

The Superior Y uses a standardized swim lesson curriculum developed by Y-USA. YMCA Swim Lessons allow children to learn to swim in small class sizes at water depths appropriate for the skill level. Non-swimming children or beginner swimmers will spend time in water no greater than chest deep. The pool itself is a zero-depth / beach entry pool that will allow for every class to be taught in water depth appropriate for the age and level of the class. The pool's water temperature stays between 87-90 degrees all year, making for an easy entry and no goose bumps!

Take time to read through the information below. If you have any questions after learning about the new swim lesson program, please contact Jon Reimer or Jess Melander.

Which Level should I register my child in?

  • If your child is not comfortable in the water without a parent or care provider, register for Levels A - B.
  • If your child cannot swim one length of our Rec Pool (25 yards) without assistance or a floatation device, register for Levels 1 - 3.
  • If your child CAN swim one length of the pool without assistance, register for Levels 4 - 6.
  • Email Jess with any questions!

Once you determine which level group is appropriate for your child, refer to our current swim lesson schedule for the corresponding level group in the age-appropriate category. Swim lessons page 12 HERE

Adaptive Private Swim Lessons: If you or your child have unique needs or goals that would be better met with one-on-one instruction, some of our swim instructors are also available for one-on-one lessons or semi-private lessons. Please ask the Front Desk for a Swim Lesson Request Form or email Jon or Jess for more information on how to get started. These requests are filled as instructor availability permits and currently cost $20 per half-hour lesson for Superior Y members or $30 per half hour lesson otherwise.

Whaler Swim Team

Got that competitive spirit? The Whaler Swim Team wants energetic, young swimmers ages 5-18 years. Whether just starting out in competitive swimming or a more advanced swimmer, the Superior YMCA Whalers is the team for you! Swimmers who show a willing interest in training and competing will develop competetive swimming skills and experience the commeraderie only a team can provide. Coaches certified in the National YMCA's Competetive Swimming and Diving program are on deck at all times, encouraging participation and personal development in each swimmer. The Whalers season begins early October and continues until the end of February.

The fall Swim Team season is nearly upon us! Registration will begin August 20 with the Whaler Jamboree scheduled for Sunday, September 30. First day of practice will be Monday, October 1. Practices will be held Monday-Tuesday-Thursday. Specific times will be posted as they are made available.

$25 deposit required for 2-week trial period. Full season costs $250. Financial assistance is available!

Head Coach: Stefan Pagnucci