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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.

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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

    Arthritis Aquatics

    This arthritis friendly class uses movement in the water to help improve painful joints and stiffness. This class includes cardiovascular, muscle strength and flexibility exercises to improve and relieve symptoms from arthritis.

    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!

    Aqua Pilates NEW

    Combine lap swim with water exercise for the foundation of good relationships and conversation that ranges from recipes to movies to current events!
  • 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 Missy Contri, Aquatics Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for skill assessment and class placement.

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    Join us for fun and exercise or train with us to compete. The North Suburban YMCA Special Olympics swim team competes in the Special Olympics of Illinois swim meets, offering our swimmers the best combination of team sport and individual challenge. Swimmers are welcomed to come join us in the water to try the program as practices occur Fridays and Sundays.

    • Friday 3:15pm group is for those swim team members that attend Cove school. They will be picked up from Cove School and brought to the Y for swim practice. Parents will then pick up from the Y after practice.
    • Friday 4:30pm group is for those swim team members under that age of 13 years. It does not require the swimmer to have strong swimming abilities as we will teach them safety in the pool as well as swimming in a fun environment. Depending on swimming abilities some older swimmers may be invited to the Friday 4:30pm swim time.
    • Friday 5:15pm group is for those swim team members over the age of 13 years old.
    • Sundays 11:00am practice is for all swim team members of all ages and abilities. Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups for practice.
    • All participants for competition must be at least 8 years old and able to swim 25 yards on their back and front.
    • Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for skill assessment and class placement.

    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.

  • Private Swim

    3 YEARS OLD - ADULT

    These one-on-one lessons are 30 minutes in length. DIRECTOR’S APPROVAL IS NEEDED PRIOR TO REGISTRATION. Interested swimmers should fill out a Private Swim Lesson request form. We are known for our special needs private lessons specifically designed for each participant with the initial goal of water safety in and around the water. Please contact Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

    Click here to download a Private Swim Lesson Request Form

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

    AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARDING

    15 years old - Adult

    Learn the skills and knowledge required to become an American Red Cross lifeguard, including how to recognize, prevent and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies. Learn CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid.

    • This course incorporates in-person, in-water, and online components.
    • Participants will receive certifications after attending all class sessions,passing all written exams, water skills, and tests.
    • Payment of class fees does not guarantee Lifeguard certification. • Prerequisites: Participant must be 15 years of age or older and pass a swimming pretest.
    • 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.
    • Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certifications are valid for 2 years.
    • For more information and dates to the next class, please contact Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      PLEASE VIEW OUR EVENT CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING LIFEGUARDING SESSIONS

  • ADULT AND PEDIATRIC FIRST AID/CPR/AED

    New Certifications on 9/21 in the AM. Recertification on 9/21 in the evening.

    The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age and pediatric adults.

    Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Payment of class fees does not guarantee certification.

    For more information, please contact Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Recommended for those ages 11 to 17.

    This course is designed to help participants develop leadership skills, build their babysitting business, help keep themselves and others safe, help children learn how to behave, and learn basic child care and first aid. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate. Contact Missy Contri for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    For more information, please contact Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    2 Seconds 2 Long Swim Safety Initiative

    Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old and is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old. The 2 Seconds, 2 Long Swim Safety Program is focused on giving all 2nd graders in our community the opportunity to become safe around water without regard to their ability to pay for lessons. Last year we brought this program to 6 schools and educated over 2,000 children about swim safety. For more information in how you can be a part of this and other 50th Anniversary initiatives, please contact Kathy Fielding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    This program was made possible in part by a generous donation from The Buehler Foundation and Swimmers for Life.

    Click here to learn more about our 2 seconds 2 long Program