YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development


The La Porte County Family YMCA is a leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a powerful association of men, woman and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of our community. 

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Our Y ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To do our important work, our Y relies on support from members, donors, volunteers and community leaders. 

Our Y believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our community. Every day our impact is felt when a mentor inspires a child, when an individual makes a healthy choice and when the community comes together for the common good. 

Our Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. Be a part of a cause committed to moving people and communities forward. 

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Swim Lessons

The Y is America’s favorite swim instructor! More people learn how to swim at the Y than anywhere else in the USA. Your child will be introduced to a wide variety of swim instruction including water adjustment, stroke development, water safety and water sports and games. Our instructors are trained as YMCA of the USA Swim Lesson Instructors. We have Parent and Child lessons (ages 6 months-3 years), Preschool lesson (ages 3-6) and Progressive lessons (ages 6-12).


Swim Lessons

The Y swim-safe initiative of GO-FOR-GREEN is focused on keeping heads above water! Each swimmer entering the pool facility for the first time must take a short swim test to determine their skill level of RED or GREEN. Breakaway neck bands will then be given to identify each swimmers skill level.

GREEN: Deep water safe swimmers who have no restrictions.
RED: Swimmers who are restricted to the shallow end only. 


Note: We must have at least 3 students per class. If not, students will be combined with another class. There will be no make up classes due to weather cancellations. 



Parents help children build confidence in the water as they become aware of moving in the water and its difference to moving on land. There are age-appropriate games and songs that use basic water movements. This class is not designed to teach babies to swim, but rather to introduce them to the aquatic environment and provide a special fun time for adults and infants to interact.

Lessons are 30 minutes long. 



This is a beginner level for children who are comfortable in the water, but have no formal instruction. Children work on front and back floats, kicking with a kickboard, front and back paddle strokes, jumps, water and boat safety.


In this class, we will review Pike skills, swim without flotation device, practice rhythmic breathing, somersaults, treading water and continuing work on endurance. 

In this class, we continue to build on the skills learned in the Eel level, front and back crawl the length of the pool, start dives, sidestroke, introduction to breast stroke, introduction to mask and fins and emergency procedures.



This class is for a beginning swimmer, who may or may not be comfortable in the water and may not have previous swim instruction. The class will focus on basic swim skills such as kicking, floating, stroke development and water safety.

In this class, children will continue to build upon the basic skills they learned in Polliwog. They will work on swimming on their front and back 50 feet without assistance. This class will focus on stroke development, rhythmic breathing and rescue skills. 



This class is an advanced level class for swimmers who are now able to swim 75 yards using freestyle and backstroke swims. This class focuses on continued stroke development, advance breaststroke skills, start dives, and continued emphasis on rescue skills. 



Private swim lessons are available for any experience level. Private lessons work well for children who need one-on-one attention to work through challenges of fear and also for adults who have never learned how to swim. Call the Aquatics Department for more information and to schedule lessons at (219) 325-9622 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

One 30-minute lesson:  Member:  $18/lesson            Non-member: $30/lesson
Three 30-minute lessons: Member: $45/3 lessons Non-member: $65/3 lessons


Every Friday Evening at 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm 
A Y tradition! Each Friday evening, as part of our commitment to building strong families, we have designated times for family swim time in our indoor pool. This is a great way to introduce your children to swimming as a lifelong exercise...and it's fun too! Free to Y members. Children under age 12 must have an adult with them to swim at this time. 


AQUA BOOT CAMP - Get ready for a very challenging, intense and ultimate work out! Using weights, noodles and the natural resistance of water, this class will get your heart rate up while toning your entire body. 

AQUA ZUMBA - Make a splash and join our "pool party!" Aqua Zumba is a challenging and effective water-based workout that integrates a mixture of body-sculpting movements and dance moves to maximize fat burning and total body toning. We encourage the whole family to participate but all children must be able to stand flat footed in the shallow end and the water must be no higher than their chest. 

A.M. AQUACISE - An aerobic workout that challenges both beginner and advanced levels of fitness. This class will allow you to strengthen your whole body with the natural resistance of the water. The faster you move, push and pull, the greater the resistance will be in your workout. Get up early and make a splash!

ARTHRITIS CLASS - Certified by the arthritis foundation, this is a beginning level fitness which requires your physicians consent. Slow movements in shoulder deep water help to increase strength and flexibility. Come swim away your aches and pains! 

SILVERSPLASH® - This water fitness class is designed to enhance each individual’s quality of life and daily function. A variety of exercises utilizing the physical properties of water will help you increase agility, range of movement and cardiovascular conditioning. No swimming skills are necessary. Join in fitness, fun and friends! 

Note: Refunds are not given for class cancellations due to weather. If the Y cancels a paid class for non-weather reasons, a cash refund wil only be given if make-up classes are not offered. No cash refunds are given for absences. Credits are only given for medical reason. Must present a note from a doctor.

La Porte Branch
901 Michigan Ave.

La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: (219)325-9622
Fax:    (219)325-3600
Michigan City Elston Branch
1202 Spring St. Door K
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219)221-4055
Long Beach Branch
2501 Oriole Trail

Long Beach, IN 46360
Phone: (219)879-1395
Fax:    (219)879-1358

Childcare & Learning Center

2510 Monroe Street

La Porte , IN 46350


Fax:   (219)324-7004

Andrew Ave. Outdoor Center
1400 Andrew Avenue

La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: (219)325-9622 (Main)