Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Join us to swim laps, swim with your family or exercise with others who enjoy being in the water. We offer group and private swim lessons for all ages beginning at 6 months, competitive swimming and swim coaching in addtion to group aqua exercise. Our heated, indoor pools are open year-round for you to enjoy.
The YMCA has been America’s leading swim instructor for more than 100 years.
We’ve recently changed our swim lesson structure to simplify and more accurately describe skill levels. What is different?
Lesson names are changing to stages that better reflect the skills learned and we’re moving away from the identifying fish levels. The aquatics director at your Y will help you determine which stage is appropriate for your children.
We’re also changing the curriculum to better serve different learning styles of our youth participants. We’ve simplified the structure by focusing on benchmark skills and goals in each stage. Students progress from fundamentals to stroke technique over 6 distinct stages.
Benefits of Swimming
Swimming lessons are essential for kids to become safe around water. It also helps them learn to set and achieve goals while keeping them active in a social setting.
Water Fitness Classes
This is a great option for you if you love the water, are trying to get back in shape, having trouble with arthritis or simply want to switch up your workout routine. Each of the following branches offers water fitness classes Monday – Friday. All classes are free to YMCA members and all levels are welcome.
For pool schedules, go to the schedule page for your branch and click on “Pool” under “Area” to see the classes for specific dates.
Marion Y Aqua Exercise Classes
Aqua Blast: Low-impact class focuses on muscle toning and cardiovascular conditioning.
Aquacise Class: Designed for those who desire a little easier-paced workout. It will improve circulation, flexibility, and muscular strength.
Deep Water: Cardio workout using buoyancy belts, with zero impact on your joints. This class uses simple movements and uses water as resistance.
Early Bird Aqua: Medium intensity workout includes cardio, stretching, weights, aerobics.
Stretch & Flex: Flexibility improves through various stretching techniques. Great for participants with Arthritis!
Helen G. Nassif Aqua Exercise Classes
Low Intensity: Move at a slower rate, using water as resistance.
Low Impact: Use minimum resistance to get a cardio workout that’s easy on the joints.
Evening Aqua Fitness: Fun, low-impact routine with varied intensity levels.
Competitive Swim Teams
You don’t need to be an advanced swimmer to take part in our competitive swimming programs! We teach swimmers of all abilities competitive swimming skills like stroke development, time improvement and working together as a team while developing a healthy lifestyle.
A seasonal YMCA Competitive Swim Team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.
Currently combined team with Marion Y swim team, with participants able to practice at both Marion and Helen G. Nassif pools.
A competitive team that challenges athletes and ensures every athlete is treated the same. The team philosophy is “We swim because we have fun doing it?” Competitive swimming builds character, instills discipline, provides leadership, enhances self-esteem, promotes physical fitness and teaches teamwork.