Swimming at the Y helps people thrive—in and out of the water. Swim lessons provide babies, toddles, kids, teens and adults with the opportunity to set goals and achieve success, learn water safety and enjoy swimming as a form of exercise.

The YMCA of the Greater Hartford provides a safe environment for swimmers of all ages and abilities in all aquatics programs: swimming lessons, swim teams, lap swimming, free water exercise classes and more.

We have indoor swimming pools in Ellington, Granby, Hartford, Plainville and Putnam, all of which are free to use for our members year round. We also offer day passes for guests! 

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Did you know that the YMCA operates and owns more swimming pools than any other organization in the country? Over decades of hard work the Y has taught millions of children and adults how to swim; we ARE America's swim instructors.


Private and semi-private swim lessons are designed for people who want to have a more personal learning experience. Whether students are looking to learn on an accelerated timetable, learn better 1-on-1, can't fit any of the scheduled classes in, or have a disability, we are here to work with you!


Private and semi-private lessons are for participants ages 3 through adult.


Take to the water for fun and fitness! We offer a variety of Aquatic Exercise programs for all fitness levels—and you don't have to be a swimmer to participate! The programs—which take place mainly in the shallow water—range from joint range-of-motion classes to high-intensity aerobic classes. Exercising in the water provides a challenging workout in a near weightless and zero-impact environment.

The YMCA of Greater Hartford is committed to offering competitive swimming programs which will allow each child to develop a healthy Spirit, Mind, and Body. Whether your child is a beginner looking for their first competitive experience or they aspire to reach the highest level the sport can offer, we have a program for you!

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training provides the skills, knowledge, and professional development necessary to keep aquatic facility users safe in and around the water. Those completing the course will be certified. CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid/AED, and administering emergency oxygen are included in the training.