YWCA Evanston/North Shore teaches over 1,500 children how to swim each year with classes ranging from introductory lessons to pre-swim team instruction. Parent/Tot Swim Lessons are available for children ages 6 months through 2 years, and are designed to help parents teach their children basic skills while discovering the joys of water together. Beginning levels, which are taught in our warm water pool, are designed to provide more individualized instruction, and classes are limited to five students.
Online Registration for the Fall II session is now closed but you can still register in person in YWCA's lobby weekdays between 7 am and 8 pm. If you have questions about which days and times are still available please contact Pete at 847-864-8445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-registration for the Winter 2016 session will begin on Saturday, November 21st. This is only open to swimmers currently enrolled in our Fall II 2015 session. Open registration will begin on Monday, December 14th. Once registration is open click on the button below to begin:
Fall/Winter/Spring classes meet for 30 minutes once a week for 7 weeks. Summer scheduling allows you to choose from 3 scheduling options: one class a week for 8 weeks, 2 classes a week for 4 weeks or 4 classes a week for 2 weeks.
Email Flying Fish Aquatics with questions about our learn-to-swim program or call us at 847-864-8445.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why the bubbles?
Once a swimmer is established and even beginning to swim independently, we continue to use a bubble to assist in developing technique. A common misconception is that the bubble is a crutch and only useful for very early beginners or babies. On the contrary, just as more established swimmers and swim team members use equipment (kickboards, fins, snorkels, paddles, pull buoys…), bubbles can help young swimmers improve technique. While we want younger swimmers to develop the confidence and strength/endurance to become safe and independent in the water, we also want to help them develop proper technique as they mature and their growing bodies and body awareness allows for improvement and change. Certainly it’s gratifying to see young swimmers swim farther distances without the use of a bubble, but they will swim those distances with better technique with one. It is our job to give them the opportunity and guidance to be both safe and independent in the water and to swim properly.