Every member of our community can grow mentally, physically and spiritually at the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. The Y’s programs can help you stay fit and healthy, whether you’re interested in weightlifting, cardio equipment, weightlifting or family fitness classes, kids’ programs, swimming lessons or group fitness classes.

You and your family can make a splash with Y Aquatics programs, which offer everything you need, from swim lessons to aqua fitness classes to family swim and advanced certifications. We can help you, no matter your level of swimming ability, to learn the skills and confidence that you need to be safe in the water and have fun.

Learning how to swim could save your life or that of someone you love. Taught by certified Y instructors, our nationally-accredited swim program builds confidence and competency in the water, at a pace of progression that meets individual needs.

Your membership includes swim lessons. You can learn to swim in fun and engaging environments. All levels and ages are welcome to take lessons. View our program guide to learn more about swimming lessons.

Swimmers can enjoy organized activities in the water, such as swim clubs and water sports.

You can make a difference in your community by opening the doors to volunteer opportunities and employment through the YMCA Aquatic certification programs.


You may be able to get employment at the Y or elsewhere by becoming a swimming instructor or lifeguard. Your future success will depend on your leadership abilities.

The Y offers a variety of programs, from Bronze Star to the National Lifeguard Course, to help you become a certified lifeguard or swimming instructor anywhere in Canada.

The Y is essential for our local communities like never before.

The Y offers vital services to children, families and adults in your community and throughout the city. Your support will enable us to build stronger communities and create stories of belonging, connection and leadership that can lead to transformation.

The benefits of being a member of Y:

  • There is no joining fee and no locked-in contract.

  • Programmes for children, youth, and adults available at convenient times

  • Get started with a free consultation.

  • Personal training to help you reach your fitness goals.

  • All group fitness classes included

  • Each session includes two free registrations (e.g. Basketball, children’s dancing, and one swim lesson are all included in the session

  • Personal training, camps for children, certification programs and before/after-school care are available at reduced rates

  • Each Adult, Couple, and Student membership includes child minding for one child. All children in a Household membership include child minding.

  • Your membership can be put on hold for up to 6 months (small fee applies).

  • Canada’s Y fitness centers are available for access.

You are part of Canada’s oldest charity, the Y, and you help build healthier communities.

Your Y membership gives you access not only to a wide range of interesting programs, but also proves that you are part of a caring and vibrant community.

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Getting There

From Ottawa Home & Garden to the YMCA (map)


Driving Directions from YMCA to St. Luke’s Park and Bethell Field House: Take Isabella St/Ottawa 62, Ottawa Regional Rd 89 and Elgin St/Ottawa Regional Rd 91 to Frank St. Turn right onto Frank St. Destination will be on the right.

From YMCA to St. Luke’s Park and Bethell Field House (map)

Head to the next Ottawa Ont Public Swimming Pool: St. Luke’s Park and Bethell Field House

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