At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for everyone. In swim lessons, we use methods to help overcome fears about swimming, build confidence, and develop swimming skills that last a lifetime. Qualified instructors meet kids at their own swimming level, help families set achievable goals and celebrate all successes in our swim lessons. By educating and partnering with parents in our swim lessons, we're determined to prevent drowning in our community. Please see program guide for extensive schedule for swim lessons beginning at age 6 months. We also offer CPR Instruction and Lifeguard Certification. Our eight lane by 25 yard pool is located at our Central Branch. Pool hours can be found here.

Contact Aquatics Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information at 630-552-4100 x237. 


Our Swim School is Kendall County’s best and safest way for your child to learn to swim! Join us today – REGISTER ONLINE!

Our swim lessons are Kendall County’s best way for your child to learn to swim safely! Learning to swim is the most important thing your child can do when it comes to reducing the risk of drowning. The Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to offer swim lessons following the newest Y USA curriculum. The Y USA Swim Lesson Program helps adults, children and families learn an important life skill and supports them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmers.

Fox Valley Family YMCA Swim School offers low student-to-instructor ratio with a maximum of four students per instructor. Each session will consist of eight swim lessons. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 630-552-4100 x237

8 week: $48 members / $72 non-members
4 week: $72 members / $108 non-members

Lessons are set between the following times:
Mon/Wed: 9:30-12pm and 4-6:15pm
Tues/Thurs: 9:30-11:30am and 3:45-5:15pm
Sat: 9am-12pm

Find exact schedules in our program guideJoin us today – REGISTER ONLINE!


Swim STARTERS (Parent & Child)

Swim Level A & B  |  Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. 

Swim Basics

Level 1-3  |  Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim
  • Jump, push, turn, grab
  • These skills will make your child safe to swim short distances and climb out of the water

Swim strokes

Level 4-6  |  Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that improve health and well-being and prepare them for a lifetime of physical fitness and swim team.

*Levels 4-6 require evaluation with a passing certificate to register at the front desk.

Class is constructed around abilities and taken at a pace that works for the swimmer. Class times are set up between the instructor and the swimmer and can change/adjust whenever needed. If you have questions contact Aquatics Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630-552-4100 x237.
Half Hour: $20M / $30NM
One Hour: $40M / $60NM
Package of 6 – 30 minute lessons $105M / $160NM

View the swim schedule here.


A competitive Youth Swim program for Y members ages 5-21 building strength and endurance while refining technique. Swimmers are grouped according to ability and age from beginner to advanced. The team competes against other area Y’s as well as in District/State meets. Children are empowered by the confidence they develop as they work to swim a mile and beyond while enjoying the water environment so many seem born for.

LONG COURSE SEASON | april 16 - july 27

Swimmers must be members of the Fox Valley Family YMCA.
M-Th 5:45-7:45pm  |  Fri 4:30-6:15pm  |  Sat 7:30-10am  |  $520
M-Th 5:45-7:45pm  |  Fri 5-6:15pm  |  $400

Spring SEASON | april 16 - May 5

Swimmers must be members of the Fox Valley Family YMCA.
M-Th 5:45-7:45pm  |  Fri 4:30-6:15pm  |  Sat 7:30-10am  |  $250
M-Th 6:30-7:45pm  |  Fri 5-6:15pm  |  Sat 7:30-9am  |  $190

competitive swimming clinics |  April 2-May 4  |  Placement April 2, 5:00pm

Aqua Force will offer different competitive swim clinics based on the ability of the swimmer. All are designed to improve stroke technique and increase endurance. These clinics will assist in the development of your technique and endurance. They are also a great way for new and returning swimmers to preview our summer and fall swim team practices.

aqua force news

  • On January 21 and 22, Aqua Force Swim Team hosted their 2nd Annual Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Clinic at the Central Branch Pool. Olympic Medalist Tyler Clary and Melanie Margalis were on hand to teach and inspire over 100 area swimmers of all ages and skill levels on how to execute high performance turns and dolphins-kicks.


  • Aqua Force Swim Team was the proud host of the 2015 Illinois YMCA State Swimming Championships held on March 21 and 22 in St. John, Indiana at Lake Central High School. Congrats to all the swimmers who competed! Find race results here. A big thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make this meet an overwhelming success. Special thank you to meet/volunteer coordinator Melissa Castilla. Special thanks to Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana and facility director Jeff Kilinski.

 2015 IL-STATE-Y-MEET-LOGO    MakeaSplash


swim team benefits

Not sure if a swim team is right for your child? Here is a list of the benefits of swimming from USA Swimming:6.13.15 swimmer01 web

  • Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages.
  • Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel.
  • Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport.
  • Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development.
  • Swimming is a healthy "lifetime" activity. Participants may be 1 or 101 years old.
  • Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports.
  • Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches.
  • Swimming can prevent drowning.

Visit the Aqua Force website for more information or contact Aquatic Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630-552-4100 x237.





Make a splash with us and join one of our Aqua Fitness classes today!
Aquatic fitness classes are included with your Y membership and are a fun, lower-impact way to get your body moving, improve strength and flexibility, and develop all-around fitness. Classes are offered throughout the week at 9:00am and 7:30pm.

An aqua fitness class is a great way to add something new to your routine and is a great workout for all ages! Aqua fitness can be tailored to challenge everyone from a twenty-something swimmer to an active senior. Do you sometimes feel exposed in a traditional group exercise class? Don’t think you can follow along to a routine? Never fear...the water hides all, leaving you to be more focused on your movements rather than worrying about keeping up with everyone else. Aqua fitness classes are also a great cross-training workout that will improve your performance in other high-impact activities like running, dance or team sports.

Your body will thank you for it! Water’s buoyancy will help avoid the wear and tear on your body that often comes along with working out. Aqua fitness strengthens muscles without stressing vulnerable joints, which makes it great for recovering from sports injuries and water provides equal resistance through your full range of motion, which results in balanced muscle action for your joints. Working out in water is a true full-body workout. Your heart, muscles, and internal organs all benefit.

Monthly Group Fitness Pass $50NM
Our Group Fitness Pass gives non-members monthly access to both land and water group fitness classes. Call 630-552-4100 x222 or stop by either branch to purchase your pass.

Train with triathlon coaches in a supportive environment for the Y's first-ever indoor triathlon! Practice once a week with other triathletes, attend our featured Endurance Sports Clinics and then train on your own schedule the rest of the week. Endurance Sports Clinics included. Register online, call 630-552-4100 or stop by the front desk.

Triathlon Training includes Endurance Sports Clinics  |  Jan. 20 - March 10  |  8:30-10:30am  |  $120M/$180NM  |  ages 12+
Endurance Sports Clinics only  |  11am-12:00pm  |  $5 drop-in fee
• Diet & Energy Management: January 27  |  Michelle LeMaistre, Registered Dietician & Nutritionist
• Cycling 101: February 10  |  Guest Coach MJ Gasik, Tri Right Coaching
• Running 101: February 24  |  Guest Coach Eric Ott, Geneva Running Outfitters
• Transitions 101: March 10  |  Guest Coach MJ Gasik, Tri Right Coaching 

Date: Sunday, March 18th, 2018
Time: Check-in begins at 6:30am, wave schedule TBD
Individual Fee: $30M/$45NM (includes t-shirt)
Ages 12+
Participate in a distance measured triathlon where each participant swims, bikes and runs for a total of 1 hour. Great for new and experienced triathletes. Our YMCA Indoor Triathlon consists of a 10-minute swim in our Y’s indoor lap pool, 30 minutes on our stationary cycling bikes and a 20 minute run on one of our treadmills. Download registration form here.

Masters Swimming is our swim group for people who are 18 and older. You will receive coached swimming workouts that help improve your swimming technique and fitness level. This group welcomes adult swimmers from lap swimmers, to adults interested in competitive swimming, as well as triathletes.


Jan. 8 – March 1 |  March 5 – April 26
Begin mid-session with the punch card purchase option – see below. Punch cards must be purchased at our front desk.

Member  |  $30 per 5 punch card
Non-Member  |  $45 per 5 punch card

$55 Member/$85 Non-member

Call 630-552-4100 to register or contact our Aquatics Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join the ranks of those who can spring into action when trouble strikes: sign up today to get certified in CPR, First Aid and AED. American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR classes are offered at the Y on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Classes are for those ages 16 and over and are $33 for members and $45 for non-members. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 630-552-4100 x237

Upcoming classes:
WEDNESDAYS 11am-2:00pm
January 10 | February 7 | March 7 | April 4

SATURDAYS 9am-12:00pm
January 20 | February 17 | March 17 | April 14

September 8-10, 2017
December 15-17

$140M / $165NM
The Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program™ (ILTP™) successfully trains lifeguards through proven training methods and state-of-the-art lifeguard rescue skills.

We are currently hiring lifeguard positions - in order to qualify for the position, this course is required. Register online or at our Central Branch front desk.

FVFY Junior Lifeguard Training
Ages 11-14  |  June 19-29  |  July 10-20  |  July 24 - August 3 
Learn what it takes to become a lifeguard. Junior guards will learn simple assist techniques around a pool and how to identify a swimmer in distress.