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Swim Lessons

Swimming is a lifelong skill that helps participants build confidence, leading to a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle. Swimming lessons are available for all age and skill levels, with lessons times to meet any schedule. Pick up a lesson schedule at your local membership branch or check out our latest Resource Guide.

Swim lessons are available at: Central Branch YMCA, Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCAJorgensen Family YMCA, Parkview Family YMCA, Renaissance Pointe, Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA and Whitley County Family YMCA.


We are excited to tell you that we have a new swim curriculum for YMCA Swim Lessons! The fun fish names we have used to identify the different levels have been replaced with names that more closely relate to the skills a student will work on to advance to the next stage.

For more more information on these changes, visit your branch or click here



All youth ages 13 and younger will be required to perform a swim test to determine whether or not they may swim without a life-jacket or parental supervision.

Any child not swimming next to a parent must take a swim test. The swim test includes a deep water plunge, an endurance swim, treading water for 30 seconds, more swimming and finally ends with a 10 second float on the back.

This test will prove that the swimmer has the ability to swim in water over the head and the ability to support themselves above the water until help arrives if they are in trouble.

Children are marked with a swim band to signify their swimming ability.

Testing and marking is the way we ensure that your children are protected. A swim band shows that they have been tested and marked. If they don't have a swim band, an adult must remain with the child and/or the child must a wear a life-jacket for their protection.

More information on this initiative can be found by calling any YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne location.
Click here for complete Test.Mark.Protect details.


FWCY Sharks Competitive Swim Team

Does your child love to swim? Is he or she ready to take it to the next level? Check out the FWCY Sharks Swim Team! We welcome swimmers of all levels (must be able to swim one length of the pool) on our competitive swim team! We offer level-specific training groups, led by dedicated and experienced coaches, and participate in 2-3 meets per month, both home and away. Whether your child is a competitive veteran or just beginning, we have the perfect training program to instill confidence and build self-esteem! Click here to learn more about the Sharks swim team!

Sports & Play

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you learn the game. At the YMCA, kids develop all of their skills, from catching and dribbling to teamwork and sportsmanship. Just as important, they learn firsthand the benefits of being healthy and active—and that virtual games just can’t compare to the real thing. No matter what season, we have the perfect sport for you!

Here are just some of the youth sports we offer:

Adaptive Programs

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne in partnership with the AWS Foundation is expanding our services to people with diverse abilities.We all have strengths and limitations.At the Y, everyone is included. In addition to serving organizations that have programs for adults and children of various abilities, the YMCA offers Adaptive Swim Lessons, integrated services for child care and camp, the unique Trail Buddies program designed to get people safely out on the trails, and some specific adaptive youth sports programs.We are continually looking at ways to serve the larger community better.


At the Y, kids develop all of their skills from catching and dribbling to teamwork and sportsmanship.  Youth basketball is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills.  Parents and volunteers coach each team by teaching the fundamentals of basketball in order to build self-confidence on and off the court.  Everyone gets an opportunity to play, learn, and start new friendships.

Youth basketball is sponsored by:

Flag Football

It’s the fun of football without the pads! Throw your first perfect spiral, haul in the deep bomb, or pick one off and take it for six.


Our youth golf program is specifically designed to give young players a jumpstart into the game of golf and help develop the motor patterns essential for success! Offered seasonally at: Jorgensen Family YMCA, Parkview Family YMCA.

Gymnastics & Tumbling

Whether just learning to walk and focus on large and small motor skills to the experienced young gymnastic, our gymnastics and tumbling classes give kids the opportunity to play, laugh and enjoy this unique sport! Gymnastics and Tumbling are currently available at Jorgensen Family YMCA, Parkview Family YMCA, Renaissance Pointe YMCA and Whitley County Family YMCA.


Led by experienced lacrosse staff, practice and play this unique sport that is sweeping the country! Offered indoor and outdoor seasonally at: Jorgensen Family YMCA, Parkview Family YMCA.

Martial Arts

For decades, martial arts have helped youth learn about their inner strength. Join us for this lifeskill program and kick start your growth, including judo, karate and tae kwon do. Karate is currently available at Jorgensen Family YMCA, Parkview Family YMCA.


Learn to use your head. (And your chest. And your feet. And…) YMCA Youth Soccer lets learn the worldwide favorite game in a fun, noncompetitive environment.


Invented at the Y, this program is instructed by an experienced volleyball staff that helps your child learn and love the game and jump to new heights!

To see everything currently offered at your local YMCA, check the branch page and click on "PROGRAM SCHEDULE."




The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization, Tax ID # 35-0886850, and contributions are tax deductible.