Youth Swim

The YMCA knows swim lessons, in fact, modern swim instruction was invented at the Y. Millions have learned how to swim at the Y – your child could be next.

New in Summer 2018!

This summer the YMCA will be hosting four sessions of accelerated swim lessons at the Harlem Middle School pool to help fill the void of Sand Park Pool being closed. The effort is part of a collaboration with Rockford Park District, Harlem School District, OSF Healthcare and the City of Loves Park. Read more here.

Accelerated Lessons
Four, 2-week sessions with classes offered on Mondays - Thursdays
Sessions start June 4, 18 and July 9, 23 
$55 per session  

FREE Parent/child lessons
Children ages 6-36 months
Offered Monday-Thursday at 9:15am 
Sessions start June 18 and July 9, 23



Open Swim
For those who want to splash around and have some free time at the pool, the Y is opening its doors to non-members during the summer at both the Northeast Family YMCA and SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.

Tuesdays: 3pm-6pm
Fridays: 3pm-6pm,
Saturdays: 1pm-5pm 
Sundays 1pm-5pm 
  • All minors must have a parent sign them in for their first visit. Once the waiver has been signed, ages 13 and older may sign-in without a parent. Download and print the waiver below.
  • Under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • All Individuals present for recreational swimming will receive a wristband identifying them as a Rec Swimmer. They will not have access to the rest of the facility.
  • Fees will be $6 per person, $3 for those under age 3.
Our YMCA certified instructors focus on swim instruction, water safety and fun for everyone.  Your child will build friendships, develop self-esteem and create positive experiences that will last a lifetime. We offer swim lessons for all ages and skill levels, lifeguard certification and the Stingray Youth Swim Team.

Year round swim lessons are offered in our warm-water, indoor pools.  Lessons are offered once a week with class offerings in the morning and evenings.