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.

     6 Months - 3 Years | 3 Years - 5 Years | 6 Years & Older | Adults

    Registering for lessons

    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.

    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.  Genco Pools & Spas is partnering with the YMCA of Greenville in 2014 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.

    Fall/Winter 2014 Swim lesson calendar

    Session

    Class dates

    Member registration

    Non-member registration

    August II 

    Aug. 11-23

    July 24

     July 31

    September

    Sept. 1-27

    Aug. 14 

    Aug. 21

    October

    Sept. 29-Oct. 25

    Sept. 11


    Sept.18

    November

    Oct. 27-Nov. 22

    Oct. 9 

    Oct. 16

     December

    Dec. 1-20

    Nov. 6

    Nov. 13

     

    Winter/Spring 2015 swim lesson calendar

    Session

    Class dates

    Member registration opens

    Non-member registration opens

    January

    Jan. 5-31, 2015

    Dec. 1, 2014

     Dec.15, 2014

    February

    Feb. 2-28

    Jan. 1 

    Jan. 15

    March

    March 2-28


    Feb. 1


    Feb. 15


    Free Water Safety Week

    March 30-April 3

    Feb. 1 

    Feb. 1

    April

    April 6-May 2

    March 1

    March 15

    May
    May 4-30
    April 1
    April 15

    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. 

     

    2014 YMCA Swim League

    Session 1

    Sept. 2-Oct. 25

    Registration is open Aug. 14-28


    Session 2
    Oct. 27-Dec. 20
     
    Registration opens Oct. 9 for members and Oct. 16 for non-members. The last day to register for this session is Oct. 23. 

    YMCA Swim League sessions are $124 for members and $204 for non-members.


     

    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

     

    Caine Halter Y November Session

    6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 (pre-course preview)
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8
    1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16

    Caine Halter Y December Sessions

    6-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 (pre-course preview)
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26
    1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29

    Lifeguard re-certification session dates

    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16-17
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 15-16
    9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Dec. 29

    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.