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 3 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, children not directly participating in swim lessons are not allowed on the pool deck due to capacity limits.
  • Changing rooms are available. 
    • 1st Floor - Family Changing Rooms

    • 2nd Floor - Men's & Women's Changing Rooms (formerly the Boys & Girls Locker Rooms). Kids ages 14 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. Day lockers available, please provide your own lock and remove daily.
  • 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.

Tues & Thurs

Ages 3-17 years


May 4 - 27

Tues & Thurs

4:05-4:30pm OR 4:45-5:10pm


FREE for families

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


Ages 3-17 years


May 8 - June 19

Saturdays: 12:05-12:50pm

*No lessons on Sat., May 29 due to Memorial Day weekend



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.

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