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 goosebumps!

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

Winter 1 Session: January 4th - February 19th  Lessons meet once a week.

MEMBER REGISTRATION opens December 21st, $40
GENERAL REGISTRATION opens December 28th, $80

Winter 2 Session: February 22 - April 16th. Lessons meet once a week. (No lessons the week of Superior School District Spring Break March 15-19)

MEMBER REGISTRATION opens February 8th, $40
GENERAL REGISTRATION opens February 15th, $80

**The Superior Douglas County Family YMCA will not be able to offer refunds for any program cancellation this fall. Program cancellations less than halfway through the session may be credited with a pro-rated voucher by request. By enrolling your child in our fall programming you are agreeing to abide by the Superior YMCA Code of Conduct and you agree to follow all policies and protocols that are in place for YMCA youth programming.

Swim Lessons will be taught as NO CONTACT SWIM LESSONS, meaning the instructors will not have direct physical contact with students. All swimmers in skill stages 1-4 or under the age of 6 (regardless of swim skill level) must be ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT who will be in the water with them throughout their lessons. This in-water role may be filled by a care provider age 16 or over in your social circle. See age-specific notes below.

In addition to eliminating direct contact between instructors and students, we are also building in longer transition times between groups to reduce locker room congestion, reducing the number of small groups in the pools at a time, and sanitizing any shared equipment between users. Additionally, as with all members and staff utilizing our facilities, each person entering the building will be required to wear a face-covering and asked to answer self-screening health questions. Participants will not be wearing face coverings while in the water but will be required to wear face coverings upon entry, in hallways and locker room areas, etc.

Each swimmer must be accompanied by a parent who will be in the water with them throughout their lessons. Lessons available Tuesdays 4:45pm-5:15pm or Thursdays 5:30pm-6:00pm. Register for "Swim Starters."

Each swimmer must be accompanied by a parent who will be in the water with them throughout their lessons. In the case of siblings, a caregiver must be in the water with each child. An exception may be made to allow one caregiver to support two in-water students in cases with 2 siblings close in age and skill level. Please notify Jess if you would like to request this type of exception.

A parent/caregiver must accompany each 7-12-year-old student in the water on the first day of class. Students in this age group will be asked to complete a swim skills test on the first day, consisting of jumping into the deep end and swimming to the shallow end, with the face in the water at least 25% of the time. If the student is able to complete this test without assistance, they will be placed in a “Stroke Development” or “Stroke Mechanics” group and will not need to have a parent in the water with them for subsequent lessons. Students who are not able to attempt or complete this swim test will be placed in “Swim Basics” or “Stroke Introduction” groups and WILL REQUIRE in-water parental support for the remainder of the session.

Swim lessons for teens and adults will occur on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, pending minimum enrollment of at least 3 participants. In the event of a cancellation due to low enrollment, participants will be notified and a voucher for their registration fee will be issued

SESSION SCHEDULE (Youth Swim Lessons):

Schedules may be adjusted based on demand, instructor availability, and community health trends.

  • Tuesdays 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 5:30pm
  • Wednesdays 12:30pm, 1:15pm
  • Thursdays 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 5:30pm


  • Click on the blue ONLINE REGISTRATION tab at the top of the page to get started. Type Swim Lessons into the keyword search to find lesson times available.
  • REGISTER EARLY for the best day and time availability! Registration for Winter 1 swim lessons will open for Superior Y members on 12/21 and to the General Public on 12/28
  • New participants are encouraged to fill out a Swimmer Information Form to ensure the best group placement.
  • Email Jess with any questions!

Adaptive Private Swim Lessons: If you or your child have unique needs or goals that would be better met with one-on-one instruction, one-on-one lessons or semi-private lessons may be available. These requests are filled as instructor availability permits and currently cost $30 per half-hour lesson for Superior Y members or $50 per half-hour lesson otherwise. Email Jess Melander for the current Adaptive Private Swim Lesson application.