The West Suburban YMCA is home to two pools, the Big Pool and Small Pool. A variety of aquatics activities are available, including lap swimming, family swim, swim lessons for all ages, water aerobics classes, and more.

If you are not a member and are interested in swimming at the Y, please check our Membership Rates page for more information.  Financial aid is also available for membership and programming, more information on financial aid can be found on the Membership Rates page.

Pool Schedule Information

Please visit the pool schedule page.

Test, Mark, Protect

ALL swimmers will be given a swim check to see where in the pool they are safe to swim, we mark them by giving them a swim necklace to indicate where they are safe to swim, and we protect them by giving them flotation if they need it and keeping them in the appropriate part of the pool.

Any swimmer who is NOT able to swim on their own, and/or needs flotation must be accompanied in the water by an adult and will be given a red and white necklace for their swim time.  All non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end and within arm’s reach of their accompanying adult.

Any swimmer who is able to swim the width of the small pool, in a comfortable, confident and consistent stroke will be given a red swim necklace. All swimmers who are able to swim the width must stay in the shallow end.  If the swimmer is 7 years of age or younger, they must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

Any swimmer who is able to swim the length of the small pool, in a comfortable, confident and consistent stroke will be given a yellow swim necklace and able to swim anywhere in the small pool.

Swim necklaces must be worn in the pool at all times.  Swimmers will receive the necklace from the lifeguard and will return the necklace to the lifeguard after they are done swimming.

Additional Information

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: A disinfectant spray bottle is available at all benches in the Big Pool. We ask swimmers to please spray down their bench area after they are done with their reservation to help expedite turnover time.
  • Pool Deck Shower: A shower has been installed right on the pool deck of the Big Pool, allowing members to quickly rinse off before and after their swim.
  • Locker Rooms: Group locker rooms are available for changing, showering, and storing items. Please observe all signage and adhere to the Locker Room Code of Conduct. Private changing rooms A-E are available for use.
  • Training Equipment: Kick boards, pull buoys and aqua jogging belts are available for member use. 
  • Personal Items: Benches will be available in the pool area to place your belongings. We ask that you please try to keep all personal belongings in one bag and place it on the bench. Lockers rooms are also available if you'd like to bring a lock and put your things in a secure area.
  • What to Bring: Please bring a water bottle, towel, and a face covering (should you need one). You do not need a face covering when you are in the pool, but one is recommended when you are inside the building and walking around the pool deck if you are not fully vaccinated.

YMCA Swim Lessons

Nurturing Skills and Building Confidence in the Water

As America’s largest provider of swim lessons, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills. Every year, children and adults learn swimming skills and water safety at the West Suburban YMCA.

The latest evolution of YMCA Swim Lessons, launched in September 2017, accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace - resulting in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

Small class sizes allow for one-on-one instruction, and private lessons are available. All classes are taught by nationally-certified instructors who provide praise and encouragement. Whether it’s learning how to swim, perfecting your stroke or staying fit, the Y has a program that’s right for you. Visit the Swim Lessons page for more information.




Browse Programs and Register

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YMCA Swim Lessons Save Lives