Swim lessons and aquatics programs

You don't have to wait until summer to swim. Four of our locations have indoor pools, and each location has its own Aquatics program. Swim lessons  are taught all year long, and swim lesson schedules are available to suit everyone's needs.

We have swimming lessons and other aquatics programs designed for everyone in the family, no matter their age or athletic ability.

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Locations with pools

Four of our locations have swimming pools. The Caine Halter Y and GHS Family Y have ourdoor pools in the summer. Those pools remain open in the fall and winter months thanks to "The Bubble."

There are indoor pools located at the Caine Halter Y, Program Center - GHS, and Eastside Y

Swim lesson registration

At this time, registering for lessons is done in person at the location of your choice. Check the chart below for registration dates. Financial aid is available.

Swim lesson rates*


Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday

Y Members: $48
Non-Members: $88


Y Members: $30


Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday

Y members: $50
Non-members: $90


Y members: $32
Non-members: $52


Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday

Y Members: $52
Non-Members: $92


Y Members: $33
Non-Members: $53


One-day or Two-day per week sessions available

One-day sessions
Y Members: $34
Non-Members: $54

Two-day sessions
Y Members: $56
Non-Members: $96


Private Lessons:

Y Members: $27 per lesson
Non-Members: $37 per lesson

Semi-Private Lessons

Y Members: $20 per lesson
Non-Members: $30 per lesson


SAIL Prep:
Request more info about the SAIL Prep program.

Two days per week

Y Members: $56
Non-Members: $96

One Day per week

Y Members: $34
Non-Members: $54


Teen Conditioning (Caine Halter)

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 

Y Members: $162
Non-Members: 282

Advanced Competitve Training (Caine Halter)


1 day/week
Y Members: $51
Non-Members: $71

2 days/week
Y Members: $60
Non-Members: $100

 * Rates listed are based on 8-class sessions.

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Swimming Lessons Save Lives

A recent report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that children younger than the age of 5 represent more than 75% of all pool and spa submersion deaths and 78 % of pool and spa submersions injuries in the US involving children younger than 15 years of age.   

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and with minority children at a greater risk. 

The YMCA has taught more people to swim than any other organization in the world.  Upstate Pool Management and Genco Pools & Spas are partnering with the YMCA of Greenville in 2015 to help spread the word about water safety and swim lessons. 

The Y has been called "America's Favorite Swim Instructor" for more than 100 years. Last year, the Greenville Y taught about 2,000 people how to swim and be safe in the water. At the Y, not only will you learn to swim, you'll learn about yourself, about safety and rescue skills, and about water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime.  Lots of class times are available to meet your family's busy schedule.  Water safety is our highest priority in all aquatics programs, and classes are taught by trained instructors. Classes are also divided into age and ability groups, so not only are our swimmers learning swimming skills and improving overall health, they're practicing positive social skills.


Summer 2015 swim lesson calendar


Class Dates

Member registration opens

Non-member registration opens





 4-week session

 June 1-27

May 1

May 15

 2-week session #1

 June 1-13

 May 1

 May 15

2-week session #2

 June 15-27

 May 15

 June 1





4-week session

 June 29-July 25

 June 1

 June 15

 2-week session #1

 June 29-July 11

 June 1

 June 15

2-week session #2 


 June 15

 July 1





 4-week session

 July 27-Aug. 22

 July 1

 July 15

 2-week session #1

 July 27-Aug. 8

 July 1

 July 15

 2-week session #2

 Aug. 10-22

 July 15

 Aug. 1


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Swim lesson handbook

Download a copy of our Swim Lesson Parent handbook here!

Swim Test

Safety is the top priority in all Y pools.  We are have a swim test policy to make sure our swimmers are safe swimmers. If you have any questions or concerns about the new policy, don't hesitate to ask your branch's aquatics coordinator or branch executive.


YMCA Youth Swim Leagues

Young competitive swimmers can keep their edge between SAIL seasons by  swimming in YMCA Swim Leagues. Swim leagues are offered at the Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, and GHS Family YMCA. Swimmers get expert coaching, make friends, and sharpen their swim times with the help of friendly competition. 


2015 YMCA Swim League


Session 3: September-October

Members Registration: Aug. 1-28
Non-member registration: Aug. 15-28

Session  4: November-December

Members Registration: Oct. 1-31
Non-member registration: Oct. 15-31

Practice times: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Additional practice sessions will open if needed.


League sessions available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

1 day per week

Y Member: $70
Non-member: $116

2 days per week

Y Member: $124
Non-member: $204

3 days per week:

Y Member: $168
Non-member: $278

4 days per week
Y Member: $210
Non-member: $348

Swim Meet Schedule

Session 3

7:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Eastside
7:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at YPC
7:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at Caine Halter
7:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at Eastside

Session 4

7:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at YPC
7:30 a.m. Nov. 28 at Caine Halter
7:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at Eastside
7:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at YPC




Birthday Parties

The Y can provide everything you need to make the day memorable and fun. Choose your theme or a prepackaged theme. The Y has party options for anybody's budget. All parties get an hour in the pool and an hour in the party room. Download this Birthday Party Guide for details. Print out the registration form and bring it to your Y's front desk to register!

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SAIL prep

Get ready to compete in Greenville SAIL leagues with training from experienced swim coaches. SAIL prep sessions follow the same schedule and registration process as swim lessons. 

Splash Masters

YMCA Masters Swim program is an adult fitness swimming program, offering anyone 18 years of age or older a fun, safe way to improve physical and mental wellbeing through swimming.

All practices have an experienced Masters coach on deck who provides expert assistance in training technique, stroke mechanics, and fitness goal-setting. Each workout is an hour long and can accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced triathletes. Splash Masters classes are open to all Y members as part of their membership. Interested? Check out the Splash Masters workout schedule.

Water Fitness

Feel intimidated by the gym? Need to get out of a workout rut? Try one of the Y's Water Fitness classes. Being immersed in water makes you buoyant, which makes some movements possible that would be too difficult on land. These classes are ideal for all fitness levels and can increase strength and endurance without putting stress on your joints. Not a swimmer? Not a problem. Our instructors teach a variety of Water Fitness classes for all levels. As with any of our aquatics programs, water safety is a priority.

Classes offered:  Shallow Water, Senior Water Fitness, Stretch and Flex, Move and Flex, Deep Water and Combo. Each Y pool is different, so please checkyour branch’s aquatics schedule for for class details, days, and times.

Swim indoors year-round

At the Y, you can swim year-round. Indoor pools are available at The Caine Halter Family Y, The Eastside Family Y, and Adams Mill Program Center. And our outdoor pools at the Caine Halter Y and GHS Y are enclosed so you never have to stop swimming laps!  

Lifeguard Training

The American Red Cross has been training lifeguards since 1914, and the Y has been training lifeguards for more than 90 years. Now the Red Cross and the YMCA of Greenville are teaming up for an intense training course for tomorrow's lifesavers. The course is perfect for teens looking toward getting a summer job or anyone 15 years old and older who would like to learn valuable lifesaving skills. Classes begin in February. Sign-up brochures are available at the Caine Halter Y, Eastside Y, GHS Family Y, and Adams Mill Program Center.  

To become a certified lifeguard, a candidate must attend every class of their session.  

Lifeguard certification session dates

Lifeguard Certification Classes at the Caine Halter Y

Lifeguard Certification Classes at the Eastside Y

Lifeguard Certification Classes at the GHS Y

We suggest that re-certification participants review the Lifeguarding manual prior to taking their tests.

Lifeguard candidates should bring their swimsuit to all sessions, including the hour-long pre-course preview.

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