Free Swim Lessons


The Hastings YMCA has received a grant to offer free swimming lessons to qualifying families! Here at the Y, we know that a child who learns how to swim builds confidence with every stroke.

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!


If you have a total household income of $44,000 or less, you qualify for free swim lessons! Please register in person at the YMCA and bring your proof of total household income when registering. This could be 1040 federal tax form or 30 days of employment pay stubs.

  • Swim Basics: 3 – 5 years old
  • Learn to swim levels 1 and 2: 6 – 12 years old
  • Date: July 29 – August 8, 2024
  • Monday – Thursday
  • Registration deadline: July 28
  • Class options:
    Swim Basics: 9:00 – 9:30 am
    Level 1 & 2: 9:30 – 10:00 am
    Swim Basics: 10:00 – 10:30 am
    Level 1 & 2: 10:30 – 11:00 am
  • Date: August 13 – September 5, 2024
  • Tues/Thurs
  • Registration deadline: July 28
  • Class options:
    Swim Basics: 5:00 – 5:30 pm
    Level 1 & 2: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
    Swim Basics: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
    Level 1 & 2: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Children may only participate in one session.