Swim programs at the Y of San Diego County help people thrive in and out of the water! Swimming is not only a healthy activity that exercises the entire body – it is also a skill that can both save lives and enrich them. The Y strives to help individuals of all ages learn how to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for healthy living.

swim lessons and water exercise

The Y has been the nation’s leader in swim instruction and water exercise for more than 100 years. Whether you’re looking for swim lessons, swim teams, aquatic exercise classes or just enjoy swimming laps, you’ll find what you’re looking for at one of our pools!

Use the quick links below to find information about our swim programming:


  • Are the pools heated at the Y?
    • Yes! Enjoy heated pools at all competition/lap and recreation pools at all Y aquatic facilities! Our recreation/family swim pools are heated pools kept to 82° to 90° all year, with the lap/competition pools kept at cooler temperatures for more vigorous exercise. Still cold? Soak and socialize as you warm up in a sauna, spa or hot tub, located at various Ys throughout San Diego County.
  • Is the pool open at the Y near me?
  • What pools are available at the Y?
    • Whether you are looking to do casual laps, join a group fitness class or learn to swim, the YMCA of San Diego County has you covered with a range of recreational and family, lap and competition pools of various sizes, including indoor heated pools, outdoor shaded pools and outdoor heated pools.  Learn more about all aquatic facilities.
  • Do all locations have open swim?
    • Family swim ("open swim") is the opportunity for everybody to enjoy playing in the pool, practicing your stoke technique and relax poolside at your local YMCA. All Y locations with pools have open swim/family swim times. Check the pool schedule located on the main page of the YMCA location near you as times may vary.

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Swim Lessons

Water is a source of fun and recreation, but it can also be a source of fear.

You don’t want your children standing around while their friends play in the water. But you can’t be everywhere all the time.

Teaching children how to be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help to provide. It not only saves lives, it builds confidence.


Swim Teams

Our competitive swim teams offer a fun and challenging environment for youth swimmers who can already demonstrate the basic skills and are ready to take those skills to the next level! 

From the novice swimmer still building up endurance to the elite swimmer training for national competitions, we provide a supportive and progressively challenging environment that help swimmers improve themselves and reach new heights.


Masters Swim

The YMCA's Masters Swim program is a structured lap swim workout designed to help avid recreational and competitive swimmers of various skill levels improve their stroke, form, ability, endurance and stamina beyond the basics provided in traditional swim lessons.


Water Exercise

Achieve your fitness goals from the pool! Enjoy aqua fit, aqua aerobics and other water exercise classes, available at Ys across San Diego County. Find the class that;s right for you and start moving.

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