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Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

The YMCA of Honolulu's Aquatics Program focuses on keeping kids safe in and around the water, building participant confidence, and helping participants to achieve their aquatic goals.

Based on extensive research, our swim curriculum is designed to better accommodate students of varying abilities and ages, foster a sense of achievement from the start, and allow students to move easily from one level to the next with clearly defined stages of progress along the way.

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Swim Lesson Rates

Group Lessons
Must be purchased by session package. The total price will depend on how many classes are in a session package.

The number of classes per session package varies from 6-13 classes depending on Branch schedule format. Visit a Y Branch or browse classes online for specific packages & schedules.
(Per Class)
Member Rate
(Per Class)
6 months to 12 years: 30-Minute Class
13 years +: 45-Minute Class
$18 $14.50
Please use the Swim Lesson Selector to help you find the proper stage level for your child.

Private Lessons: 5 Class Package
3 years old to Adults
Learn to swim from a skilled teacher on a one-on-one basis. All lesson packages are pre-paid and non-refundable. Member rates are not available.
(Per 5-Class Package)
Individual: Five 30-Minute Classes $185
($37 per class)
Individual: Five 45-Minute Classes $250
($50 per class)
Buddy (2 Students): Five 30-Minute Classes $275
($55 per class)
Buddy (2 Students): Five 45-Minute Classes $375
($75 per class)

Group Swim Lessons

  • Parent/Tot (Ages 6 Months-3 Years)
    Accompanied by a parent/guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness. Parents learn about water safety and drowning prevention.
  • Pre-School (Ages 3-5 Years)
    Children learn water safety, basic swimming competency, and progress through levels as they develop skills.
  • Youth (Ages 6-12 Years)
    Students learn personal water safety, achieve basic swimming competency, and progress to learn about the four competitive swimming strokes.
  • Teen & Adults (Ages 13 Years+)
    Teens and adults progress through YMCA swim levels, from entering the water confidently to refining their strokes.

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Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are a great option for individuals who are seeking an individualized approach to either learning to swim or enhancing their swimming skills and endurance. Private lessons offer one-on-one instruction specifically tailored to the individual. Alternatively, Buddy Private Lessons (2 swimmers) are swim lessons that provide the private lessons experience with a friend or sibling.

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Safety and Sanitation Procedures For Swim Lessons

  • Masks:
    • Masks are optional outdoors, but are still required when indoors.
  • Social Distancing:
    • The Group Swim max ratio is 1 instructor:6 swimmers, while the Parent/Child max ratio is 1 instructor:12 pairs of parent/child. Participants will be spaced out/staggered while waiting their turn.
    • Instructors will utilize various teaching techniques and aids to allow for safe physical distancing. Novice swimmers may require closer physical supervision.
    • We provide limited seating on/around our pool deck for parent/guardian observation of swim lessons. We ask that swim lessons observers remain in our designated area and practice social distancing with others at all times. Please check with your YMCA branch location for viewing guidelines for swim lessons.
  • Cleaning and Sanitation: All equipment is sanitized after use. All high touch surfaces and pool decks are cleaned and sanitized frequently. The YMCA Branch is deep cleaned daily.
  • Staff and Instructor Safety Training: All YMCA staff have been trained on safety and sanitation procedures. In addition, all swim instructors have completed training that covers specific adjustments for swim lesson safety in:
    • Social Distancing
    • Teaching techniques that allow for maximum distancing
    • COVID mitigation practices
  • Parent/Guardian Observation of Swim Lessons:
    • We require 1 parent/guardian to remain in the viewing area for the duration of swim lessons.  This guideline is a safety standard and ensures a parent/guardian can escort to and from the restroom facilities if needed.