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Get Active in the Water at the YMCA HBB

Jump in and discover why everyone from infants to seniors can benefit from being active in the water!

Through swim lessons, aquatic fitness classes, and other programs, YMCA Aquatics offers you and your family many ways to make a splash.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer, you can gain the skills and confidence you need to stay safe and enjoy the pool.

The YMCA has been offering swimming lessons to Canadians since the 1900s. Thousands of Canadians have learned to swim at the Y.

Dive into our aquatics program to find the one that's right for you and your family.

The YMCA is committed to the delivery of high-quality aquatics programs for children and youth, which promotes skill development, technique, water safety and fun.

Absent Email

If you are already registered into a swimming lesson and cannot attend, please email the appropriate absent line to notify the instructors of your absence.

If you are unable to access the email address, please call the branch you are registered with and the front desk staff can assist you.

Please leave your childs name, the day and time of their swim lesson and the aquatics staff will be able to mark them as absent.

Thank you!

Absent Emails for YMCA Branches

Swim Lessons

Help Your Little One Learn to Swim at the YMCA HBB

Knowing how to swim can save your life — or even someone else's.

Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons develop lifelong skills that help your child to be safe in and around the water.

Click here to take a deeper look at our Swimming Lessons at the YMCA.
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Aquatic Fitness

Want to add a little variety to group fitness classes? Just add water and add a whole new dynamic to your workout! 

The resistance of the water strengthens your muscles as you push and pull your body through the water. While moving at top speed, or any speed, your body weight is supported by the buoyancy of the water, so you reduce the impact on your joints as you improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Led by trained YMCA Instructors, these classes offer a host of benefits for all fitness levels, and you'll appreciate the ability to control the intensity by modifying surface area, speed, and force of movements.

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Aquatic Specialty

From water sports to swim clubs, YMCA Aquatic Specialty programs bring swimmers together for organized activities in the water. Whether you're new to the pool or looking for some friendly competition, our programs will keep you moving and having fun.

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Aquatic Certifications

Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities through our YMCA Aquatic Certifications programs. Certification as a lifeguard or swimming instructor can lead to employment opportunities at the YMCA and elsewhere. You'll also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.

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