Swim Lessons

Sink or swim?


The YMCA has been America's leading swim instructor for over 100 years. Our swim lessons are broken into 7 week sessions. Winter/Spring classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (morning only), Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact the contact the Aquatics Director at 217-239-2814.


The Stephens Family Y swim lesson program is organized by an age/skill group system. This allows instructors to gear their classes towards a child's specific skill and development levels. Each swim level contains five key components: 

  • Stroke development
  • Character development
  • Personal safety
  • Water safety
  • Water sports/games


No two children develop at the same rate. Each child learns at a different pace depending on factors such as physical growth, individual development, comfort, practice and previous experience. It is important to note that swimming is not a Pass/Fail program. It is not unusual for a child to be in the same level for more than one session. Please respect your child's qualities and do not compare them to their siblings or other children. The Aquatic Staff is committed to ensuring the success of your child's swim instruction experience. if you have any questions, contact the Aquatic Director.


To better accommodate our member's schedules our swim lessons are structured as once a week class. However, for greater skill development, retention, and quicker progression through the levels we suggest you sign up for 2 classes a week.


There are no make up lessons for missed classes.

If a class time you are interested in is full you may choose to register for the same level at a different time in the week. You may also place your child on the waitlist by speaking to our member services staff. If a spot opens up you will be contacted in order of registration by the Aquatics Director.

Class Minimuns:

There must be a minimum of two to three students to run a class (depending on the level). If there are less signed up, the Aquatics Director will contact the families to discuss switching class times or issuing a system credit / refund. There are also times that levels may be combined due to low enrollment in multiple classes.



*All Private and Semi-private swim lessons are for Members Only.

*Click Aquatics tab for  the "Quick Reference Guide For Swim Lessons"