Free 3rd Grade YMCA Swim Lessons


The Hastings YMCA has received a grant to offer free swimming lessons to area 3rd graders this Fall! Here at the Y, we know that a child who learns how to swim builds confidence with every stroke. These free swim lessons are an introduction to water safety that allows children to achieve basic swimming competencies.

Swim lessons are important in a child’s life because it equips them with the skills that they need to feel safe around the water and put your mind at ease. Learning to swim not only allows kids to have fun in the water, but it can also save their life by teaching them how to stay afloat in the water!

“At the YMCA we want everyone in our community to learn safety around water. We specifically do that by teaching swim lesson. It’s important for everyone to know how to swim because water can be very dangerous. Approximately 3,500 people a year die in the United States as a result of drowning. We want to do all we can to prevent this from happening. This grant will allow more kids who can’t afford swim lessons the opportunity to learn. ” – Troy Stickels, Hastings YMCA CEO

With these free swim lessons, we hope that this opportunity opens doors for individuals who couldn’t afford it before. We want every child to have the opportunity to participate in swim lessons at the YMCA and help us build a safer and stronger community!

We have limited spots available for free lessons so be sure to sign up soon!

  • Lessons: Sept. 12 – Oct. 17
  • Thursday nights, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Open to all area third graders



Financial Assistance

Even if your child doesn’t qualify for free 3rd grade swim lessons, the YMCA offers financial assistance for families who can’t quite fit it in their budget.

Financial Assistance