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Adult and Youth Aquatic Programs

(Ages 13+)

The YMCA developed the first nationally-recognized aquatic programs in 1931 and has continued to train aquatic participants and leaders ever since. At the YMCA of Three Rivers we’re proud to offer aquatic programs at five locations (A.R. Kaufman (Kitchener), Chaplin (Cambridge), Guelph, Stork (Waterloo), and Stratford). YMCA aquatic programs create a positive atmosphere where members can both strive for and achieve their personal goals. 

YMCA aquatic programs teach participants of all ages how to be safe in and around water and give them the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning something new. Learning to swim is more than just stroke development. It’s about building confidence and self-esteem and developing strong values in our participants. Our highly-qualified instructors teach participants of all ages how to swim safely, helping them to overcome their fears and to develop lifelong skills. 

Please refer to our program schedule for daily swim schedule and swim lesson times. 


Lane Swim

Lane markers with speed indicators (fast, medium, slow, and leisure) allow you to set your own pace.



A variety of group fitness classes that are low impact and led to participants in the water. A great way to be active.


Swim Lessons

Led by certified instructors, our swim lessons provide you with opportunities to improve your water confidence and overall health and well-being. 


Recreational Swims

Enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in one of our five pools across the Three Rivers’ communities.  

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Aquatic Leadership and Certifications

Swim. Teach. Save lives. Dive into aquatic leadership at the Y. 


Women's Only Swim

Developed in partnership with our members to address the specific needs of this equity deserving group. 

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