Stay up to date on what is currently available within your YMCA and H2O centres on our COVID-19 Updates page

For the safety of everyone (both instructors and participants), modifications have been made to all programs. Class sizes are smaller to allow for required physical distancing. Sanitizing stations will be present as you enter the building. A cleaning schedule of high touch areas on deck is completed by staff at least three times a day. Instructors will be as physically distanced from participants as safety permits. Additionally, Instructors will also be wearing face shields while teaching.

Member registration is now open. Register now.
Non-member registration (H2O only) opens September 21.

Lessons commence on September 28.

The last day to register for group lessons at H2O is September 27.

All parents are required to create a new enrollment for their children this session, so we cannot guarantee that your child's lesson will be on the same day or at the same time as in the past.

Register online, visit your centre of choice or contact us by email (membership@ymcaokanagan.ca) or phone at 250-491-9622.

Children can only be registered for one spot per week and cannot be on a waitlist if they are currently registered in a spot.

If your child is a member and has participated in swim lessons with us, you can use the ID number on their membership card to view their online progress report: Kelowna Family Y Report Cards | H2O Report Cards

Otherwise, you can come in to the facility for a swim assessment during public swim times.

Important note: Due to reduced class sizes, physical distancing requirements and "pod" consistency, we will not be able to move your child if they were registered in the wrong level. Therefore, please ensure you know which level your child is going into before registering.

All participants in Bobber, Floater and Otter are required to have one consistent household member per child who is "prepared to get wet" to assist children in the water, providing hands-on correction as guided by the instructor. The person assisting in the class needs to come with a bathing suit on, have showered with soap and water, and is prepared to get in the water to assist their child.

Children in other levels may also need extra assistance that the instructor cannon accomodate due to phyiscal distancing and or/safety concernts. In that case, your instructor may ask you to come prepared to assist in the water.

Yes, however, we encourage all swimmers to arrive in their bathing suits and to shower at home after swimming lessons. Limiting the time spent in the changerooms will alleviate congestion and promote the ability for everyone to maintain physical distance.

We are asking all participants to bring their own lifejacket/PFD and a pool noodle. We will have a limited supply of equipment that can be loaned out to those who are unable to purchase a noodle or lifejacket.

There is no public swimming during or after swim lessons. Lesson participants must leave the building after the completion of their lesson.

There will be no spectating allowed at this time, unless a parent is required in the water. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes early for your class and be on time for pickup at the end of the lesson.

If your child is sick, they should not come to their lesson. If your child displays signs or symptoms of illness during their lesson, they will be sent home immediately.

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Other important updates and information:

  • All lesson participants will be required to have a full shower with soap before entering the pool deck.
  • Participants must complete a health screening questionnaire prior to each class. You can complete the assessment ahead of time on your phone, and show the green screen to the staff member who greets you.
  • Parents are asked to inform the YMCA aquatics manager if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19.
  • It is imperative that parents remove their footwear before entering the pool deck.
  • Adults who are not swimming or using our fitness facilities are encouraged to wear a face mask while in our facility.
  • Changing your lesson time or level is not permitted after the start date. This ensures the swimming lesson "pods" remain consistent throughout the session.
  • At this time, the hot tubs are closed.

We are looking forward to getting back in the water and teaching your children! We are doing our very best to deliver a high-quality program while keeping everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate these unordinary times.