Please note that due to Covid-19 our Aquatics programming has changed.

For questions about about swim lessons, please contact Rachael Jonas at 


2020 Aquatics Guide Here



The Y Swim Lesson Program is a nationally recognized program with a history of success. We are professional, safe, and incorporate character development (honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility) into every swim lesson.  While our immediate goal for each level is to teach various swimming skills, our long-term goal is to develop a sense of self-worth, an attitude of service to the community, and to inspire personal values in each child that participates in our program. LEARN MORE and REGISTER


During the YMCA Lifeguard Course, participants learn CPR for the Professional Rescuer, basic First Aid, how to use an AED and emergency oxygen in a time of need, how to prevent incidents, and how to recognize and respond to emergencies in the pool and around the deck. The course presents information on the skills lifeguards need in a pool, lake, river, surf, and waterpark environments. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER NOW!

Diverse Abilities Swim Lessons

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans will be launching a pilot program focused on reaching children with diverse abilities during the summer of 2019. Our new program will provide specialized one-on-one or small group lessons for children with various special needs. Through this swimming program, parents and caregivers will be given the opportunity to provide their children with the means to learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills in a safe environment.  Offerings vary based on location. Scholarships are available based on financial need. Please see your branch for more details. Please contact Association Aquatics Director Rachael Jonas at to discuss options and availability.