Swim Lessons

YMCA Swim Lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit you for a lifetime. Swim lessons nurture swim skills, develop self-esteem and create positive experiences that leave a lasting impression. Group swim instruction was developed by the YMCA in 1906 and we continue to serve as America's Swim Instructor.


Classes do reach a capacity so don’t miss out and sign up now!

Please contact Katie King at kking@orymca.org or 417-881-1599 with questions.

*$10 late fee after deadline, Youth Memberships do not qualify for member discount


Private swim lessons are also available. Click here to find out more.


See our policy on staff conduct with minors.


(ages 6-36 months)

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers ages 6-36 months learn to be safe and comfortable in the water. This class focuses on
exploring body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences.


(ages 3-5 years)

This class for kids ages 3-5 encourages safe water exploration through the introduction of basic self-rescue skills. Preschoolers learn
the swim-float-swim sequence in addition to the jump-push-turn-grab safety sequence.

School Age

(ages 6-14 years)

Students ages 6-14 continue to master the fundamentals of swimming and build stroke technique. Kids work on treading water, learn the
front and back crawls, breaststroke and butterfly to build confidence in the water and cultivate a passion for aquatic activity.


4-class sessions:



8-class sessions: