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.
Fall I 2017: Tuesday, September 5 - Monday, October 23
Online registration is open! View class schedules and click HERE to register (You will be redirected.). Please note that registration cannot be completed from a mobile device. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Fall II 2017: Thursday, October 26 - Saturday, December 16
Winter 2018: Saturday, January 6 - Friday, February 23
Spring I 2018: Thursday, March 1- Saturday, April 21
Spring II 2018: Monday, April 23 - Monday, June 11
What makes Flying Fish Learn-to-Swim special? We offer:
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.
Click here to make a donation to the Oz Fund. Your donation to the Oz Fund helps provide aquatics scholarships for families who cannot afford the cost of swim instruction for their children and helps fund improvements to our aquatics facilities. A contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all class donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Flying Fish Aquatics has been designated a local partner of the USA Swimming Foundation's Make-A-Splash program, which aligns the nation's top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to raise awareness of water safety and provide opportunities for all children to learn to swim. Financial assistance is available for lesson fees upon request.
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.