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Swimming is one of the best entire-body exercises, and you can gain many physical and mental benefits from practicing it regularly. This exercise builds cardiovascular strength, improves sleep and helps manage weight. Because swimming is a low-impact workout and allows a person to go at their own pace, it is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. 

At the Y, we believe swimming is a life skill, and learning it from a young age helps kids and teens learn water safety and enjoy thriving in and out of the water. Through swimming lessons, swim teams, water fitness classes, and more, the YMCA of Greensboro provides a safe environment for all swimmers.

Come on in, the water’s fine! Find the perfect swimming program for you and enroll at any of our branches in Greensboro, NC, Jamestown or Rockingham County.

Swim Lessons

Y swim lessons are designed for all ages and abilities, starting at 6 months, because everyone deserves to learn this essential life skill. With a focus on water safety and skill development, the YMCA Swim Lesson program is effective at helping children and adults learn to swim and, most importantly, be safe around water.



Diverse Abilities Swim Lessons

Through this swimming program, parents and caregivers of children with diverse abilities will be given the opportunity to provide their children with the means to learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills in a safe environment. Knowing how to be safe around water is one of the most important life skills we can teach our children. It gives them confidence. And it can save their lives.



Swim Team

Compete on a YMCA Swim Team! Swim team options include our summer Bears Swim Team, the GCY Makos, the Eden Purple Penguins and the Porpoise Club (a competitive swim training program).



Lifeguard Certification

During this class, participants will learn life-saving rescue skills for an aquatic environment. Once a participant passes the class, and passes the skills and written test, they will be certified as a YMCA Lifeguard for 2 years and can lifeguard at any YMCA and most other facilities (certification requirements may vary at each location).



Water Fitness

Come on in, the water’s fine! Adults looking to challenge themselves without stress on their joints or members who just enjoy the water can take advantage of our different water exercise classes. Instructors lead small groups through water aerobics, core strengthening and much more. Gain muscle conditioning and cardiovascular endurance from the aerobic choreography and the resistance of the water.