SERVING OUR COMMUNITY FOR OVER 100 YEARS! • YMCA OF BRISTOL

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

At the Y, our swim lessons build skills, confidence and character. Our certified swim instructors teach people of all ages and abilities how to be safe in the water while exercising and having fun. Whether you’re splashing around with us for the first time or improving your technique, you will feel secure knowing the Bristol Family YMCA is here to support you. Come join us as we all take that first stroke toward a lifetime of health and fitness!







Youth Swim Lessons

Swim lessons build skills, confidence, and character. Our certified swim instructors teach people of all ages and abilities how to be safe in the water while exercising and having fun. Whether you’re splashing around with us for the first time or improving your technique, you will feel secure knowing the Bristol Family YMCA is here to support you. Come join us as we all take that first stroke toward a lifetime of health and fitness.

Location: Bristol Family YMCA
Ages: 6mo – 12 years old

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: Bristol Family YMCA
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



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.

Currently, adult swim lessons are available to Bristol YMCA Members only. We hope to expand our lesson options this summer, so please check back in May for more information.



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