Just Add Water
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages, family swim, and many kinds of aquatic fitness programs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment. Our Y facilitates a 25 meter pool with six lap lanes, an open swim area with a 3.5 - 5 foot depth, and a spacious pool deck with picnic tables, shaded area, and access from the deck to the locker rooms.

Please note: the pool is utilized by many great programs that the YMCA offers such as swim teams, swim lessons, water aerobics, and our childcare programs throughout the day. The schedule above lists the programs and high usage times.

Fall Pool Schedule:

Mon - Fri: 6am - 9pm
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Water Aerobics
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Afterschool
4:00pm - 6:30pm: Swim Team
AquatStar is coached by Claire Zhu who swam for China in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and is an Olympic gold medalist. For more information about the team contact Coach Claire at

Saturdays: 9am - 4:50pm
9:30am - 12:00pm: Swim Team

Sundays: 1pm - 4:50pm


Please note: the pool is utilized by many great programs that the YMCA offers such as swim teams, swim lessons, water aerobics, and our childcare programs throughout the day. The schedule above lists the programs and high usage times.

Test. Mark. Protect

The North Central Florida YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable pool experience for all. All members under the age of 18 will be asked to participate in a swimming assessment and will be provided a green or orange wristband for the day. These bands assist our certified lifeguards in keeping our swimmers safe. Lifeguards will gladly conduct one swim assessment per child per day when space and staffing are available.

(All three skills must be done consecutively without resting)

Plunge: Swimmer jumps in deep end and safely returns to the surface.

Swim: Swim 15 yards to the cone and back unassisted and without resting.

Tread: Swimmer must tread water for 30 seconds while keeping their ears and face out of the water

Swimmers that pass the assessment will be provided with a green swim band and will be given access to all areas of the pool.

Non-swimmers who do not take or pass the swim assessment will be provided with an orange swim band and limited to the shallow end.
Non-swimmers who do not meet the height requirement must wear a US Coast Guard approved life vest and be accompanied in the swimming pool by an adult 18 years old or older, within arm’s reach.

The YMCA does have life vests available for use.

Non-swimmers wearing a vest must participate in a vest check conducted by the lifeguard on duty.

We're Here for Everyone

All ages—from infants to seniors— can learn to swim. Check out our class offerings below to find one that fits your family’s busy schedule.

Swim Starters Aquatic Program

Accompanied by a parent*, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Stage Descriptions:
A / Parent-Tot: Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

B / Parent-Tot: Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

* We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.

Swim Basics for Preschool, School Age, Teen, and Adult

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

Stage Descriptions:
Pike: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Eel: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Ray: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills per-formed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Swim Strokes for Preschool, School Age, Teen, and Adult

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Stage Descriptions:

Polliwog: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Guppy: Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

Minnow: Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Pre-Competitive: Increase stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming in a competitive atmosphere.

Adult: Learn to be comfortable in water to developing swim technique

Swim Lessons 2017

Members: $60 per session

Non-members: $90 per session


Registration Opens February 1st
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Session 1: March 26 - April 11 
Session 2: April 16 - May 2 
Session 3: May 7 - May 23

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Swim Lessons

Water Safety

Private Swim Lessons

If you feel that you or your child would work better in a one on one setting, want to work on a specific stroke or skill, or would like more flexible class times, private lessons may be a better option for you.

Private lessons are by request only, and limited to 1:1 ratios. Private lessons are paid by the hour, $30/hour for members and $60/hour for non-members. While we can accommodate hour long lessons, we do encourage participants (especially children) to do 30 minute lessons.

**A private swim lesson request does not guarantee lessons. Instructor availabilities are limited; we will try our best to fulfill your request as soon as possible.

To request private lessons please fill out the request form and you will be contacted by a swim instructor to set up your lessons.

Online Request

Pool Rental

Rental Fees: $50 non-refundable reservation fee
Security Deposit: $50 Cash

A pool rental includes pool, lifeguards and tables. The pool may only be rented on weekends during non-business hours. If a party is rained out, you may reschedule your party or ask for a refund. Refunds will be prorated based upon the time spent at the rained out party.

Pool Rental Form

Lifeguard Classes

$50 non-refundable deposit due at registration

We also offer CPR classes upon request with a minimum of 4 people per class $50 a person.

Class Schedule

Spring classes TBA

This course is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration. The course presents information on the skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf and waterpark environments. The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary. The course also covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard.

For further information including questions about the prerequisites contact Amy Dodson at 374-9622.