As a leader in swim education, the Milwaukee Y teaches more than 9,000 children and adults to swim each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that drowning is one of the top three causes of unintentional injury death for people 29 and younger, and for African-American children aged 5 to 19, the drowning rate is five times that of white children. Nationally, 70% of African-American children, 58% of Hispanic children and 40% of white children have little or no swimming ability and are at risk of water-related injury or death.

During the summer of 2015 the Y’s ‘Milwaukee Swims’ partnership with the Milwaukee County Parks brought swim lesson to five sites throughout the county in an effort to help reverse these preventable and troubling trends.  During our pilot session we taught nearly 1000 individuals crucial water safety skills.

Milwaukee Swims with the YMCA from YMCA Metro Milwaukee on Vimeo.

These introductory classes are geared toward non-swimmers to learn basic swim skills and water safety, including how to recognize dangerous situations when in and around water environments. Lessons are available for children ages 6 and above, as well as non-swimming adults. Swim lessons will be taught in age-appropriate groups to ensure optimal skill and safety outcomes. 


Eight swim lessons for the discounted price of $5 per child or $10 per family. Scholarships also will be available as part of the Milwaukee Swims initiative.


Please check back in spring for a list of Milwaukee Swims 2018 locations.