Swim Lessons

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare people of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong and confident swimmers. Listed below are the descriptions for our lesson stages. If you have any questions about any part of our aquatics program at the Danville Family YMCA, please call, email, or ask Kendall Dalzell, Aquatics Coordinator, at (217) 442-0563 x110 or kdalzell@danvilleymca.org.

Lesson Descriptions

If you’re not sure which lesson to sign up for, please review the Lesson Selector

Tuesday Lessons:

4:30-5:15pm    Preschool 1/2, School Age 1/2

5:15-6:00pm   Preschool 3/4, School Age 1/2, School Age 3/4

6:00-6:45pm   School Age 5/6

Thursday Lessons:

4:30-5:15pm    Preschool 3/4, School Age 1/2

5:15-6:00pm   Preschool 1/2, School Age 3/4

6:00-6:30pm   Parent/Child A/B

Fees: All Preschool and School Age classes $28 – Members, $40 – Non-Members; Parent/Child Class $24 – Members, $36 – Non-Members


Important Participant Information:

  • Swim lesson sessions are four (4) weeks, except for holiday weeks in which that session of lessons will be shortened to a three (3) week session (i.e. Thanksgiving).
  • Please come to the first and last swim lesson with your swimmer regardless of their age so that we can pass along information to you the parent rather than to the swimmer.
  • All children five and under must have a parent drop them off and pick them up in the ramp area. We cannot let preschoolers go unattended into the locker room.
  • Please shower thoroughly before using the pool.
  • Participants should wear lined swim suits. Gymnastics leotards, basketball shorts, and other cotton clothing garments worn as street clothing should not be worn in the pool as swimwear. Religious swimwear is allowed as long as it is made of swim suit material.
  • Our staff cannot take children to the restroom during lessons.
  • For safety reasons, we do not allow parents to remain on the deck or in the ramp during lessons. Viewing is available upstairs in the balcony or in the glassed-in viewing area.
  • Parents may return to the ramp to watch their child when the toys are brought out.
  • Fees will not be refunded or credited once a class has met for the second week of a session. Prorated fees will be given as a credit for illness or injury with a note from a physician.
  • We do close the pool for thunder or lightning storms or other inclement weather. We will attempt to make-up classes in those cases, but credits may be applied for future programs instead.
  • Classes missed due to personal reasons will not be made up because it compromises the safety ratio in other classes.
  • We do not make up missed holiday lessons. Sessions with holidays will have prorated fees.


Ages 5-13+

Students build confidence, cultivate their passion, and stay active through specialized tracks.


Endurance, Sports, & Games (age 6+, Stage 4 and above)

Member $28, Non-member $40

An advanced class for swimmers meeting the requirements for our Stage 4 and above. Swimmers will warm-up with some endurance swimming and learn skills in areas such as snorkeling, diving, water polo, and synchronized swimming. Mask and snorkel not required, but encouraged to bring your own.

Spring class only. Check back for class availability.


Winter and Summer Danville YMCA Dolphins Swim Team – currently in session for the winter team and not accepting new swimmers at this time, but the summer session will start the last week in May and run through the end of July. The winter swim team starts the end of September and runs through mid-March. Check out our Swim Team section for more information.


Lifeguarding classes are offered throughout the year, as well as First Aid and CPR. Please look at our Lifeguarding section for more information on when our next class is available.