810 Wyoming Ave El Paso, TX 79902
YMCA of El Paso

Swim at the Y



The goal of the YMCA’s Aquatics Department is to provide a positive aquatic experience. We help build self-esteem through accomplishments, develop an awareness of safety through the practice of skills, and instill the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. All of the programs are progressive, building upon basic skills and progressing toward mastery of techniques, and eventually toward other aspects of aquatics and the potential for lifelong involvements in aquatic programs. 

Our new swim lesson program has eight (8) stages.

Stages A & B are swim starters for parent & child lessons for ages 6 to 36 months to learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Stages 1-3 (Swim Basics) are for pre-school children age 3 and up. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills of—Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit and—Jump, push, turn, grab. The ratio is 1: 4-6 students. 

Stages 4-6 (Swim Strokes) are for school age 6 and older. Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. Ratio is 1: 4-8 students.

Sessions- All classes are set up in eight (8) 30 or 40 minute classes.

Private and Semi Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private Lessons are available. You will get four (4) 30 minute classes.

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Open Swim

All YMCA facilities schedule Open Swim, the perfect time to work out independently or have family time together. Children ages 8-17, who have completed the PASS Program, may swim unaccompanied by an adult if they pass the swim test. Children under age 17, who have not completed the PASS Program or passed swim test, must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

Lap Swim and Water Fitness Classes

Long considered to be one of the best cardiovascular workouts, swimming is also great as cross-training exercise. For Pool Schedules and water fitness class schedule, click here.

Lifeguard Certification

YMCA Lifeguard Certification Program participants will learn lifeguarding skills, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills and emergency oxygen. Must be at least 16 years old. 

Safety Around Water

71% of the World is Water

Children Are 100% Curious

The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help kids learn essential water safety skills.


This 8-day course, taught by a certified instructor, can reduce the risk of drowning and give kids the confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim”
  • A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water


Safety Around Water is open to anyone in the community who wants their children to learn how to be safe in and around water. The program is available to participants for a small fee. Sign up at your closest YMCA.

Additional Aquatics Facilities Operated by YMCA
Balfour Beatty's
Rio Bravo
Paso de Norte

For current Aquatic Programming, click here.



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