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 Jess Melander, our Aquatic Director or Maxwell Rubesch, our Swim Program Coodrinator.



  • REGISTER EARLY for best day and time availability! Registration for swim lessons will open for Superior Y members on and to the General Public on
  • Children under 3 should register for "SWIM STARTERS: Stages A-B."
  • If your 2.5-3 year old has completed stages A-B and is ready to be in a class setting without a parent, register for "SWIM BASICS for 2.5-3 year olds."
  • If your child is 3 years old through 12 years old, register for "SWIM BASICS - SWIM STROKES for 3-12 year olds." Students are placed into small groups with other children of like age and skill. New participants are encouraged to fill out a Swimmer Information Form to ensure best group placement.
  • Email Jess or Max with any questions!

Swim Pathways Classes: Is your swimmer done with swim lessons, but still wants to be in the water? Or Swim Team participant looking for an off-season activity? Swimmers ages 10-16 who have mastered Swim Strokes skills (Stages 4-6) are invited to participate in endurance-building group classes. Students play Water Sports and Games in our Lap Pool.

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 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. CLICK HERE for the current Private Swim Lesson application.

Sensory Friendly Family Swim Event

First Sunday morning of each month 10:30am-Noon. CURRENLY SUSPENDED

A sensory friendly event is an event designed to be less sensory stimulating and overwhelming. This approach often makes it easier for individuals who have sensory sensitivities and are sensitive to things like noise, light, sounds, and smells to participate in social activities and community events. Sensory Processing Issues include over– or under–responding to sensory information such as bright lights or unexpected sounds. Kids with sensory sensitives, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, may have difficulty with changes in daily routine, bright lights or loud noises, tastes or textures of certain foods, or the feeling of certain fabrics on their skin. MORE INFO

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.

See our Whalers page for more information

Head Coach: Stefan Pagnucci