Swimming Lessons for Kids | Barrie YMCA

Programs offered by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka vary by session and location. See current program schedule for availability and class times.

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Swimming Lessons to Keep Your Baby Safe & Healthy | Barrie YMCA

Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The Barrie YMCA offers swimming lessons for all ages.. Swim in Barrie year-round in our heated, indoor pools.

Barrie Swimming Lessons for Preschoolers

Bobbers: Skills include becoming familiar with the water, entering and exiting water assisted, putting face in the water, blowing bubbles, and assisted front and back floats.

Floaters: Skills include unassisted bobs, kicking with the face in the water, unassisted front and back floats, and assisted front glide.

Gliders: Skills include deep water awareness, assisted jumps into deep water, instruction to sitting dives, retrieving objects in chest deep water, and assisted deep water front and back floats

Divers: Skills include introduction to boating safety, jumping into deep water with a PFD, front and back floats in deep water unassisted and front and back glides.

Surfers: Skills include introduction to ice safety, sitting or kneeling dives in deep water, front swim for 15 metres, and front and back somersaults.

Dippers: Skills include standing dives, deep water bobs, surface support for 45 seconds, front and back swim for 25 metres, and introduction to front crawl.

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Barrie Swimming Lessons for Child

Otter: Introduction to pool safety, submersion and glides.

Seal: Focus on kicking and rolling.

Dolphin: Participants learn and focus on coordination for front and back crawl.

Swimmer: Skills include a focus on front and back crawl.

Star 1: Skills include a focus on back glide with whip kick.

Star 2: Skills include a focus on front glide and whip kick.

Star 3: Skills include focus on elementary backstroke.

Star 4: Participants learn and focus on breaststroke and sidestroke.

Star 5: Skills include boating safety and self-rescue, introduction to butterfly, and a 500 metre continuous swim.

Star 6: Focuses on first aid and victim rescue skills, 600 metre continuous swim, introduction to waltz crawl, inverted breaststroke and double-over-arm breaststroke.

Star 7: It is the intent of YMCA Star 7 Swimmer instruction to complete the Star Patrol Award, review and improve stroke techniques, improve endurance to 700 metres, and prepare the swimmer for leadership for lifeguard role.


The Barrie Trojans and the YMCA have partnered to offer a Learn to Competitive Swim program.  This registered program is available to youth ages 10-16 who have completed our Learn to Swim program and are looking to improve strokes, speed and technique, as well as to learn what it’s like to be a part of a competitive swim team.


A recreational opportunity for members of all ages to enjoy a leisurely swim in our main pool.

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