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The Y has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. Swimming builds self-confidence and develops the whole person – spirit, mind, and body.

We offer group and private instructional swim lessons for infants-adults, a competitive swim team, lifeguard certification classes and both deep and shallow water fitness classes.  The family recreational swim is offered seven days a week and lap lanes are available daily for adult lap swimming.

For information on the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification class, click here

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Aquatics Director.

 


  • Parent-Child: Swim Starters - A parent swimming with his baby.

    Parent-Child

    6 months - 3 years with Adult

    Parents accompany their child in the water, which allows infants and toddlers to gently discover the aquatic environment and encourages them to enjoy the water while learning. Children will explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Children must wear swim diapers (with snug-fitting elastic around the legs) under a swimsuit.

  • Preschool Swim Lessons- A Preschool child swimming

    PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS - 3 years - 6 years

    The Y has long been known as the gold standard for swim lessons. After all, the Y organized the very first group swim lessons in 1909.

    Our preschool swim lessons introduce water propulsion, floating, body awareness, and independence, all while focusing on water safety. We introduce the basic swim strokes, including front crawl and back crawl. Swimmers will learn swim skills designed for preschoolers based on their body development. Preschool levels are: Pike, Eel, Ray, and Starfish. Swim level descriptions can be found on our website.

    See class descriptions below

    Gym & Swim

    3 years - 6 years

    3 years – 6 years This class incorporates a 50 - Minute gym session of various sports and games with a 30-minute swim lesson.

    Preschool Block: Pike (Level 1)

    This level is for the beginner. Emphasis remains on fun; beginner stroke techniques, individual swimming skills, and underwater exploration are also taught. Previous lesson experience is not required, providing that the child experiences no fear in the water or doesn't require the aid of a parent.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Preschool Block: Eel (Level 2)

    Designed to provide students success with fundamental skills, independent swimming, and beginner stroke techniques. Entrance requires successful completion of Pike. Children are taught to perform glides, float, and basic boating safety, and use of PFD's.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Preschool Block: Ray (Level 3)

    This is an advanced preschool class offering refinement of the front and back crawl, advanced body control skills, and endurance work through swimming and treading water. Entrance requires successful completion of EEL.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Preschool Block: Starfish (Level 4)

    This is the advanced level for children who are comfortable in the water and can swim 25 yards with an IFD and 20 feet without. Emphasis is placed on endurance, front and back crawl, modified breaststroke and butterfly, and personal, safety, and rescue skills.

    View Progress Reports here.

  • Youth Swim Lessons - A group of youth children swimming having fun

    YOUTH SWIM LESSONS - 6 years - 14 years

    The Y has long been known as the gold standard for swim lessons. After all, the Y organized the very first group swim lessons in 1909.

    Youth swim levels will introduce water propulsion, floating, body awareness, and independence, all while introducing the basic swim strokes of front crawl and back crawl. Advanced levels will learn the competitive stokes and work on building swim endurance. Youth levels are: Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish, and Shark. Swim level descriptions can be found on our website.

    See class descriptions below

    Polliwog - Beginner (Level 1-2)

    In Level 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to swim to safety in an emergency. This level lays the foundation for future progress in swimming. In Level 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement, with continuing practice in safely exiting the water in an emergency.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Guppy - Beginner ( Level 3-4)

    In Level 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous levels. This level also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in Level 4 develop stroke technique in the front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and the elementary backstroke.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Minnow - Intermediate (Level 5)

    Students in Level 5 work on stroke technique and learn all the major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and the sidestroke.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Fish - Intermediate (Level 6)

    In Level 6, students refine their technique in all the major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Flying Fish - Advanced (Level 7)

    At this advanced level, students should be able to swim 200 yards continuously. Children will refine all strokes while increasing their endurance. Students should be able to swim 100 yards of all strokes in good form, except butterfly, which is a minimum of a 25-yard swim with fins and 15 ft. without.

    View Progress Reports here.

    Shark - Advanced (Level 8)

    This advanced level is for those who have mastered the competitive strokes. Swimmers will continue to refine all strokes and increase endurance and speed. Children will be introduced to inverted breaststroke, and life-saving skills. They will also perform the 200 yard individual medley.

    View Progress Reports here.

  • Flying Turtles Swim Team - A Swim Team Child Swimming.

    ADULT SWIM LESSONS

    We offer Adult, and Adult Aerobics classes. Adults and teen lessons are taught in a smaller group setting, concentrating on the needs of individual swimmers as their skills progress. Beginner and Intermediate levels will emphasize water propulsion, floating, body awareness, and independence, all while introducing the basic swim strokes of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke. Stroke Refinement students will continue to improve strokes while also building swim endurance.

    See our Class decriptions below

    Adult Beginner (Levels 1-3)

    This class for 14 years- adults teaches students personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by mastering two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim--an ordered sequence that incorporates the front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

    Adult - Intermediate (Levels 4-6)

    Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique. They also develop positive habits that prevent chronic disease, increase social, emotional, and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

    Adult Stroke Refinement (Levels 7-9)

    Prerequisite: Ability to swim 25 yards on your front and back comfortably, face in the water, float front and back, ability to tread water. This class continues forward with progression of skills and stroke refinement for front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Drills are used to build strength, endurance, and proper breathing techniques.

    Aqua Ease

    This gentle combination of shallow water and deep water aerobics is perfect for those who want a great all-around workout.

    Cardio Splash

    A high-level aerobic workout without the joint-jarring and muscle-pounding effects of land exercises.

    Deep Water Aerobics

    Performing aerobics in deep water eliminates the impact of exercising even while intensifying your workout with increased water resistance. This program can be extremely beneficial for painful joint problems.

    Gentle Joints

    This class is designed for anyone with any joint/mobility problems, recovering from surgery, or simply needing a slow, gentle exercise program.

    Shallow Water Exercise

    This is an ideal form of exercise for all ages and pregnant women. This class promotes strength, increased mobility and flexibility, improved circulation and relaxation.

    Swim, Stretch & Socialize

    Combine lap swim with water exercise for the foundation of good relationships and conversation that ranges from recipes to movies to current events!
  • Private Swim

    3 YEARS OLD - ADULT

    These one-on-one lesson are 30 minutes in length. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to set up your private lessons. Director’s approval is needed prior to registration.

    Click here to download a Private Swim Lesson Request Form

  • Flying Turtles Swim Team - A Swim Team Child Swimming.

    FLYING TURTLES SWIM TEAM

    The North Suburban YMCA swim team program focuses on endurance, stroke mechanics, and technique while centering on the values of the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

    • Our NSYMCA-based team competes in the Chicago District YMCA Swim League (October–March), offering our swimmers the best combination of team sport and individual challenge.
    • All participants must be able to swim 25 yards on their back and front comfortably.
    • Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups for practice.
    • Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups for practice.
    • Practices occur Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:00 pm for intermediate and 4:45 pm for advanced swimmers.
    • Practices occur Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:00 pm for intermediate and 4:45 pm for advanced swimmers.
    • Swimmers can be tested the first week of the session at 4:00 pm or by appointment.
    • Must be an NSYMCA member to participate.
    Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for skill assessment and class placement.

    For more information, contact Missy Contri, Aquatics Director.

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    Along with our many program offerings for individuals with Special Needs, the Y has an aquatics Special Services Programs that is top of the line and has received medals for their effort.

    The North Suburban YMCA Special Olympics swim team competes in the Special Olympics of Illinois swim meet, offering our swimmers the best combination of team sport and individual challenge.

    • All participants for competition must be at least 8 years old and able to swim 25 yards on their back and front.
    • Friday 4pm class does not require the child to have strong swimming abilities as we will teach them safety in the pool as well as swimming in a fun environment. Beginner class participants can be as young as 6 years old.
    • Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups for practice. Practices occur Fridays and Sundays.
    • Swimmers are welcomed to come join us in the water to try the program. Join us for fun and exercise or train with us to compete.

    Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for skill assessment and class placement.

    Below is a list of programs that we offer for those with special needs. 



    SPECIAL OLYMPICS SWIM TEAM

    Special Olympics Swim Team NSYMCA

    Offered in Winter & Spring 2018

    6 + YEARS

    Join us for fun and exercise or train with us to compete. The North Suburban YMCA Special Olympics swim team competes in the Special Olympic of Illinois swim meet, offering our swimmers the best combination of team sport and individual challenge.

    • All Participants for competition must be at least 8-years-old and able to swim 25 yards on their back and front.
    • Friday beginner classes do not require the child to have strong swimming abilities as we will teach them safety in the pool as well as swimming in a fun environment. Beginner class participants can be as young as 6-years-old.
    • Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups for practice. Practices will occur Fridays and Sundays.
    • Swimmers are welcomed to come join us in the water to try the program.
    • For more information or how to join, please email Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    ABOUT OUR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SWIM TEAM

    The North Suburban YMCA’s “Flying Turtles” Swim Team achieved outstanding success in the Special Olympics District Swim Meet, held in Lake Forest, Illinois on March 19. By the end of the event, the team had collected a total of 21 medals, and nine team members had qualified to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Games in June. Just as importantly, every swimmer experienced the satisfaction and excitement of facing challenges and surpassing expectations.

    Now in its third year at the North Suburban YMCA, the Flying Turtles Swim Team currently includes almost 30 swimmers. Coached by Tom March, the Y’s lead instructor for special needs services, the team brought home 13 gold medals, four silvers, and four bronzes from the March 19 meet. Nine of the swimmers qualified for the State Games, which will be held on June 10. Each participant gained the confidence and accomplishment of competing at a major meet with 20 other teams and enjoyed celebrating the team’s success together. A video created by March shows the pride felt by the team and their families.

    “Every swimmer did an amazing job,” notes March. “Whether they were awarded with a first place medal or a participant ribbon, you could just see how they all beamed with their accomplishments. This year was the biggest showing that the North Suburban Y has ever had at the District meet, and we have a record number of swimmers going on to the Special Olympics State Games. I couldn’t be prouder of these swimmers and all they’ve achieved.”

    PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

    Private Swim

    Offered in Winter & Spring 2018

    3 YEARS OLD - ADULT

    These one-on-one lesson are 30 minutes in length. Prices vary for semi-private lessons. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to set up your private lessons. Director’s approval is needed prior to registration. We are known in our community for professional and effective special needs private lessons specifically designed for each participant with the initial goal of water safety in and around the water.

    OTHER SPECIAL SERVICES

    We offer a variety of special services programming exercise connection, yoga, workout buddy, and healthy living class. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Flying Turtles Swim Team - A Swim Team Child Swimming.

    AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARDING

    15 years old - Adult

    The NSYMCA offers lifeguarding classes throughout the year. Swim tests are conducted the first day of class. The skills tested include: swimming 300 yards of front and breast stroke; swimming 20 yards to retrieve a 10-pound weight in 9 feet of water and then 20 yards back to the starting point; and treading water for two minutes. The course incorporates in-person, in-water, and online components. The tuition includes an additional $35.00 non-refundable fee to the American Red Cross to cover online course materials. Please contact Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request upcoming class information.

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