Pool Time at the YMCA

The YMCA has a long history of teaching swim lessons. In fact, the Y is credited for being first to develop a group swim instruction program in 1906. We have come a long way since that first group lesson. Our swim curriculum is extensively research-based and enables swimmers to advance more confidently and quickly through the stages.

New to YMCA Swim Lessons?  Choose Swim Lesson Stage Guide below to discover the correct lesson for your child.

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Adult – All skill levels – Age 13 and older
45-min classes are designed for teens and adults who are beginning swimmers, or looking to develop stroke technique and improve endurance.


Private Lessons

All skill levels – All ages 30 minutes, by appointment only
Private and semi-private lessons are a great option for swimmers looking to catch up or get ahead. These lessons provide individualized attention to help improve or master swimming skills. Customized curriculum to meet desired goals.

Schedules and Locations

Certification/recertification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR/AED, and Administering Emergency Oxygen; these are all valid for 2 years. As well as Bloodborne Pathogens Training; this is valid for 1 year. Participants will also receive a CPR Pocket Mask and Lifeguard Training manual. Participants must attend all classes in order to be eligible to pass the course.
Contact Torie Crafton or call 509 777 9622 x 2170 for more information.


  • 15 years old by the last day of class
  • Swim a continuous 300-yard swim – participants may use freestyle (front crawl), breaststroke, or a combination of both
  • Swim 20 yards freestyle or breaststroke, dive down 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound brick and bring it back to the surface, then swim with the brick back to the starting point (Both hands must be on the brick and face must be out of the water). This is a timed skill; it must be completed within 1 minute and40 seconds (No goggles allowed)
  • 2 minutes continuous treading water, legs only

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All skill levels – Ages 6-18 years

The team seeks to provide opportunities for social and emotional development, a physical and recreational outlet, and an atmosphere of good sportsmanship, teamwork and fun for all. Our dedicated and experienced coaches will provide each swimmer with the maximum opportunity for development.

Swim Team Schedules

Spokane Novice Levels Requirements
Beginner – Can swim 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke (length of pool). 45 min.
Intermediate – Can swim 50 yards freestyle, 25 yards backstroke, and 25 yards breaststroke. 60 min.
Advanced – Can swim 50 yards freestyle, 50 yards backstroke, 50 yards breaststroke, and 25 yards butterfly. 60 min.

Masters Swim

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Swim together to build community while achieving personal fitness goals. Whether a lap swimmer, tri-athlete, open water swimmer, competitive or just want to swim for fun.

The word “Masters” has nothing to do with your skill level or current ability in the pool; just your age. Master Swim is open to adults 18 and older who are looking to improve their fitness through the sport of swimming.

Workouts vary throughout the week and focus on speed, endurance, and technique.

Each workout is coached by a certified Masters Swim coach who will provide tips and feedback to improve your swimming ability.

Central Y:
Tue/Thur:  11:30am – 12:45pm

North Y:
Mon: 6 – 7:15am
Wed: Noon – 1:15pm
Sat: 9:30 – 10:45am


Jump in, the water’s great! Check out the variety of water exercise classes available for adults looking to challenge themselves without stress on joints or who just enjoy the water. 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. Ideal for all fitness levels & non-swimmers.

Water Exercise classes require a reservation at our Spokane Y locations. Reservations are made through your MotionVibe account.

Water Exercise Schedule & Reservations

Lazy River – North YMCA

Slide – Valley YMCA

Kids Wading Pool Play Structure – Central YMCA

Warm Water Pool – Central YMCA

Recreation Pools:
North YMCA
Valley YMCA

Lap Pools:
Central YMCA
North YMCA
Valley YMCA
Litehouse YMCA

Central YMCA
North YMCA
South YMCA
Valley YMCA
Litehouse YMCA

Steam Room:
Central YMCA
Litehouse YMCA

Central YMCA
North YMCA
Valley YMCA
Litehouse YMCA

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