There's something for every kid at the Y. They can meet new friends, build skills, develop interests, and try new things in a supportive environment with caring adults. Our programs emphasize values, sportsmanship, friendship, and most of all, fun!

Swimming & Aquatics

What would the Y be without water? Water exercise, youth swim lessons, adult swim lessons (it's NEVER too late) and adapted exercise for those with disabilities or in rehabilitation are some of the water-based activities you'll find at the Y where we believe if you can do it on land, you can do some version of it in the water! Whether you're splashing around with us for the first time or improving your technique, you will feel secure knowing the YMCA of Bristol is here to support you. Come join us as we all take that first stroke toward a lifetime of health and fitness!

Float 4 Life Water Safety Program

Float 4 Life is a one-to-one water safety program that teaches children ages 1-4 how to roll on their backs so they can breathe, float and reach the side of the pool until help arrives. Those precious seconds can save a life! Sessions include 8 lessons, each 15 minutes long. These “mini” lessons maximize the short attention span of toddlers while gradually increasing the child’s comfort level in the water through personalized one-to-one instruction by a certified Float 4 Life staff. The program is a partnership between the YMCA of Bristol and the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation.

Float 4 Life
Otter Sessions
Float 4 Life Continuum
Float4 Life FAQ
Online Registration

Adult Swim Lessons

Swimming is an excellent alternative to cardio machines, and it is a great form of all-around exercise, ideal for any age or fitness level. Swimming is also a relaxing, low-pressure exercise that can improve mood, relieve stress, and help you unwind. Many swimmers describe feeling more relaxed after they get into the groove of swimming as a part of their regular exercise routine. Here are some other compelling benefits of swimming:

  • Alternating different swim strokes helps to work a large variety of muscle groups.
  • Water can support up to 90% of the body's weight, making it an ideal form of exercise for people with injuries, chronic pain, or disabilities.
  • Unlike running and strength training, swimming is exercise you can do almost every day without risk of injury.
  • An hour of swimming can burn as many as 500 calories.
  • Swimming is a great way to increase flexibility and range of motion.

Private/Semi-private adult swim lessons are available to members and potential members.

Youth Swim Lessons

The YMCA Swim Lesson program teaches children to be safe and have fun around the water. We create an environment where all can come together to learn, grow and thrive. Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship; participating in swimming at the Y is about building the whole child.

Dates: April 30 - September 5, 2019
Ages: 6mo – 12 years old
Time: 5:00 PM, 5:35 PM, 6:10 PM, & 6:45 based on age group. We will also have morning lessons in June and July at 8:30, 9:05, & 9:40 based on age group.
Days of the Week: Tuesday/Thursday

  • Y Members: $35
  • Potential-Members: $70
  • Financial Assistance is available but limited

We are also now offering Private & Semi–Private "Buddy" Swim Lessons. These will provide participants with individual instruction from one of our swim lesson instructors. Private Lessons can give focused and specific instruction at an individual's own pace. Instructors encourage participants to practice skills learned through our program to help improve swimming ability and strength in the water. Participants must be 3+ years old. We teach youth, teens, adults and seniors.


  • Y Members:
  • Private: 4 lessons $80, 8 lessons $150
  • Buddy Lessons (per person): 4 lessons $60, 8 lessons $110
  • Potential-Members:
  • Private: 4 lessons $160, 8 lessons $300
  • Buddy Lessons (per person): 4 lessons $120, 8 lessons $230

Swim Lessons Selector

For more Information Contact:
Suzanne Wantland
400 M L King, Jr. Blvd
Bristol, TN 37620
E [email protected] P (423)-968-3133

Youth Swim Lessons Flyer & Registration
Online Registration

Lifeguard Class

The YMCA lifeguard class is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed for an entry-level lifeguard position. Participants learn the basic skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and waterpark environments. The course covers safety and rescue skills every lifeguard needs to know including accident prevention, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, weather and open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard.

Location: YMCA of Bristol
Ages: 16+

For more Information Contact:
Suzanne Wantland
400 M L King, Jr. Blvd
Bristol, TN 37620
E [email protected] P (423)-968-3133

Lifeguarding Class Registration Form
Online Registration

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