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.
Mon - Fri: 6am - 9pm
9am - 10am: Water Aerobics
10am: Recreational Swim Opens
2:30pm - 3:30pm: After School
3:30 - 5:30: St. Frances Swimming
4pm - 8pm: Swim Lessons
4pm - 7pm: 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 AquatstarSwimClub@gmail.com
Saturdays: 9am - 4:50pm
Sundays: 1pm - 4:50pm
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 $45/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
We also offer CPR classes upon request with a minimum of 4 people per class $50 a person.
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.