Evanston/North Shore


YWCA Evanston/North Shore teaches over 1,500 children how to swim each year with classes ranging from introductory lessons to pre-swim team instruction. Parent/Tot Swim Lessons are available for children ages 6 months through 2 years, and are designed to help parents teach their children basic skills while discovering the joys of water together. Beginning levels, which are taught in our warm water pool, are designed to provide more individualized instruction, and classes are limited to five students.

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 Bullfrog 10, 10:30, 11 am
 Penguin 10, 10:30, 11 am
 Sea Lion 10, 10:30, 11 am
 Swordfish 10, 10:30, 11 am

SUNDAYS (10 lessons sessions)
Spring session: April 8 – June 17 (no 5/27)

Registration Fee:
$165 per session
$15 discount for Spring for those who participated in the Sunday Fall session

Stop by the front desk today to register.
Spring I 2018: Thursday, March 1- Saturday, April 21

Open registration begins:Monday, February 19
Pre-registration for Winter 2018 participants begins: Saturday, January 27


Spring II 2018: Monday, April 23 - Monday, June 11

Open registration begins:Monday, April 16
Pre-registration for Spring I 2018 participants begins: Saturday, March 31


What makes Flying Fish Learn-to-Swim special? We offer:

  • child centered program
  • shallow, warm water pool perfect for teaching younger swimmers
  • deep water pool for swimmers as they advance
  • professional and consistent instructors with years of experience working with children of all ages and abilities
  • over 150 group lessons each week
  • family friendly environment
  • community-focused social justice organization

Fall/Winter/Spring classes meet for 30 minutes once a week for 7 weeks. Summer scheduling allows you to choose from 3 scheduling options: one class a week for 8 weeks, 2 classes a week for 4 weeks or 4 classes a week for 2 weeks. 

Email Flying Fish Aquatics with questions about our learn-to-swim program or call us at 847-864-8445.

Click here to make a donation to the Oz Fund. Your donation to the Oz Fund helps provide aquatics scholarships for families who cannot afford the cost of swim instruction for their children and helps fund improvements to our aquatics facilities. A contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all class donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Flying Fish Aquatics has been designated a local partner of the USA Swimming Foundation's Make-A-Splash program, which aligns the nation's top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to raise awareness of water safety and provide opportunities for all children to learn to swim. Financial assistance is available for lesson fees upon request.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why the bubbles?

We use a bubble when teaching swim lessons for two reasons: 1) for safety, and 2) to help younger swimmers (3 or 4 years old) feel the sense of independence that comes from being able to move their arms and legs freely while staying supported without the assistance of an instructor. Bubbles are always worn while waiting and for about half the time a child takes his/her turn. The other half of the time the child swims without the bubble, using an instructor for assistance.

Once a swimmer is established and even beginning to swim independently, we continue to use a bubble to assist in developing technique. A common misconception is that the bubble is a crutch and only useful for very early beginners or babies. On the contrary, just as more established swimmers and swim team members use equipment (kickboards, fins, snorkels, paddles, pull buoys…), bubbles can help young swimmers improve technique. While we want younger swimmers to develop the confidence and strength/endurance to become safe and independent in the water, we also want to help them develop proper technique as they mature and their growing bodies and body awareness allows for improvement and change. Certainly it’s gratifying to see young swimmers swim farther distances without the use of a bubble, but they will swim those distances with better technique with one. It is our job to give them the opportunity and guidance to be both safe and independent in the water and to swim properly.


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