You're never too young to enjoy the water! For children between 6 months and 5 years old, the YMCA L'il Dippers program will introduce your baby, toddler, or preschooler to the basics of swimming.

We have developed each level in L'il Dippers with your child's natural growth and development in mind. We know each child is unique, so our YMCA swim instructors encourage your child to progress at their own pace to reach their potential.

There are eight levels in the YMCA L'il Dipper program: Splashers, Bubblers, Bobbers, Floaters, Gliders, Divers, Surfers, and Dippers.

Explore all the levels to find the one that's right for your child.

Bobbers/Floaters

Bobbers The third level of our YMCA L'il Dipper program, Bobbers, is for children 3-5 years old who are new to swimming. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent. In Bobbers, we'll continue to introduce fun activities in the water to activate the movements that will eventually lead to swimming. By the end, your child will be comfortable having their face in the water, and will...

Gliders/Divers

Gliders The fifth level of our YMCA L'il Dipper program, Gliders, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Floaters or show an equivalent level of competence. In Gliders, children will combine kicking with gliding to learn how to propel themselves through the water. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent. Divers The sixth level of our YMCA L'il Dipper program,...

Splashers/Bubblers

Splashers As the first level of our YMCA L'il Dipper program, Splashers is a great way to introduce babies 0- 3yearsold to the water. Parents get in on the fun by participating with their children. At this early stage, children are still learning a lot about their environment. The goal of Splashers is to make children and parents comfortable in the water together, and of course to learn to...

Surfers/Dippers

Surfers The seventh level of our YMCA L'il Dipper swim program, Surfers, is for children 3-5 years old who have completed Divers or show an equivalent level of competence. In Surfers, we'll continue to help your child develop front and back swimming skills and build up to a distance of 15 metres. And now that your child is comfortable jumping into the water, we'll work on some...