This program is for families of non-swimmers and is FREE for ages 3-17 in Whatcom County.


Please use Promo Code SAW-BC to receive the program FREE when registering.


Please note the following regulations due to Washington State Phase 2 mandates:

  • 2 Families up to 5; 2 Adults with 2-3 children, parents must be able to be directly hands-on with children under 6 and non-swimmers, this may be managed by taking turns if children are old enough to sit on deck.
  • Due to our capacity limit mandates by the State of Washington, only Children not directly participating in swim lessons are not allowed on the pool deck due to capacity limits.
  • Locker Rooms are NOT available (due to WA state mandates). Please note the following:
    • Please wear your suit to the YMCA, plan to leave wearing your suit as changing rooms are NOT available
    • Please shower on our pool deck prior to entering the pool
    • ENTER the YMCA through the main entrance or from the parking lot/alley entrance
    • EXIT from the pool deck to the Alley/Parking Lot stairs.
  • Please arrive for swim lessons NO MORE than 7 minutes before your lesson time for proper social distancing. When your lesson is over, please leave immediately so we are able to clean the pool deck prior to the next activity.

Mondays & Wednesdays

Ages 3-17 years


January 6 - 27 (7 lessons)


Mondays & Wednesdays:  4:30-4:55pm


FREE for families

Please register one adult (children names not needed at registration)



Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. As a parent or caregiver, you need to equip your children with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.


Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them. For more information.


The Y will provide a program to help children learn how to respond if they find themselves in an unexpected water situation, from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge, to safely reaching a pool’s edge and exiting any body of water.