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

    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.

    2014 Swim lesson calendar


    Class dates

    Member registration

    Non-member registration


    May 5-31

    April 17

    April 24


    June 2-28

    May 15

    May 22

    Summer I

    June 2-14

    May 15

    May 22

     Summer II

    June 16-28

    May 29

    June 5


    June 30-July 26

    June 12

    June 19

    Summer III

    June 30-July 12

    June 12

    June 19

    Summer IV

    July 14-July 26

    June 26

    July 3


    July 28-Aug. 23

    July 10

    July 17

    Summer V

    July 28-Aug. 9

    July 10

    July 17

    Summer VI

    Aug. 11-Aug. 23

    July 24

    Aug. 7

    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. 


    2013-14 YMCA Swim League

    Session 3

    Jan. 6-March 1 

    Session 4
    March 4-May 3
    Registration opens Feb. 13 for Y members and Feb. 20 for non-members.

    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.

    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.  

    Lifeguard training dates

    Feb. 14-17
    March 7-9
    March 28-30
    April 12 Review
    April 14-18
    April 25-27
    May 16-18
    May 30-June 1
    June 6-8
    August 8-10
    December 19-21