Aquatics - South Sound YMCA

Aquatics

For every age and ability

AQUATICS ACTIVITIES FOR ALL

Swim lessons, lap swim, water exercise, and more. The Y offers something for all. Browse through our aquatics offerings and pick out something new to try in the pool.

SWIM LESSONS

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Swim Lessons are available to non-facility members
  • Registration opens two weeks prior to the first day of swim lesson sessions
  • If you’re unsure of what class to sign up for, please use our Level Selector
  • Priority registration for Family Memberships opens the first week of the registration window
  • Financial assistance is available – please stop by the Welcome Center to learn more
  • Stay up to date with our current Aquatic Guidelines

$49 FAMILY MEMBERSHIP | $85 YOUTH & PROGRAM MEMBER
YMCA youth swim lessons focus on safety, fun, and technique. We want kids to learn the basics of safety around water, how to enjoy being in and around water, as well as swimming techniques and stroke mechanics. As swimmers progress through the 6 levels of our program, they will build on the foundational skills and continue to gain confidence in the water. To maximize safety, lifeguards are always on the pool deck during lessons.

Youth swim lessons are organized into different skill levels. To understand which level you should sign your children up for, view our swim lesson level selector before registering


FALL 2021 SCHEDULE

4 WEEK SWIM LESSONS
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY OR TUESDAY & THURSDAY

  • September 7-30 (no lessons September 6th, Labor Day - M/W prorated)
  • October 4-28
  • November 1-24 (no lessons November 25th, Thanksgiving Day - T/Th prorated)
  • November 29-December 23

8 WEEK SWIM LESSONS
SATURDAY AM CLASSES

  • September 11-October 30
  • November 6-December 18 (7 week session, prorated)

Mason County Members & Guests - Please note that M/W and T/TH swim lessons will now start the week of 9/13. These lessons will also be pro-rated to reflect the loss of two sessions out of eight sessions.

$49 FAMILY MEMBERSHIP | $85 YOUTH & PROGRAM MEMBER
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. Register now. 

$69 FAMILY MEMBERSHIP | $122 YOUTH & PROGRAM MEMBER
If you prefer to work one-on-one with an instructor or are looking to focus on a specific aspect of swimming, private lessons are an option. One session consists of four 30-minute lessons; these 4-week session dates will run in conjunction with the group swim lesson dates. Semi-private lessons are also available for 2 students to work with the same instructor. This is a great option for siblings! Register Now.

$69 FAMILY MEMBERSHIP | $122 YOUTH & PROGRAM MEMBER
Adult swim lessons are currently only available at the Briggs Community YMCA. Register now.

OTHER AQUATICS SERVICES

As of July 5, 2021, reservations are no longer required for lap swim. You can view the lap swim schedule here.

RESERVATIONS 

Briggs: No fee, but families must reserve their spot prior to their visit at the Briggs YMCA.

  • Facility Members with a Family 1 or 2 Membership have priority reservation status. Only those listed on the Family Membership account are allowed into the Activity Pool for Family Recreational Swim.
  • Non-members must reserve their spot and purchase a Family Day Pass to participate in Family Recreational Swim.

Shelton: No fee, and as of July 5, 2021, families DO NOT need a reservation to swim in the new activity pool.


SWIM TEST

All children 14 years of age and younger must take a swim test each time they visit the YMCA and wish to use the deep end of the pool. YMCA lifeguards will administer the test using the following protocol:

  • Child can jump in the deep end (child does NOT need to touch the bottom).
  • Child can immediately begin treading water without touching the wall.
  • Child can tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Without touching the wall – child can swim to the shallow end using Front Crawl with over arm recovery (arm strokes must be out of the water, not under the water), the face must be in the water for some of this swim with rhythmic side breathing.
  • Swim continuously to the pool wall at the shallow end.
  • Child must exhibit comfortability and safety in the water.
  • Child must be competent using the front crawl with face in the water and arm stroke outside of water.
  • Lifeguards can demonstrate arm stroke and breathing prior to the test.
  • Child can re-take the swim test if they do not pass.
  • Passing the swim test once does not automatically mean the child will pass it every time. Swim skills vary depending upon frequency using the water. Child must exhibit swim skills each visit they are wanting to use the deep end of the pool.
  • Lifeguards on duty will make their decision for the safety of the child and staff.

Deep Water Exercise - A vigorous deep-water workout, designed to increase your stamina by combining various water exercises and swimming.

Water Exercise - Enjoy the entire length of the pool in this class, to achieve a total body workout. You will learn how to use the resistance of water to increase your cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength.

Please note: At the Briggs Community YMCA, reservations will still be required for Cindy Foley’s M/W/F Water Exercise class. Please make your reservation on our classes and schedules page. 

Learn to save a life at the Y! A 4-day course is offered at both the Briggs & Shelton YMCA branches to earn three certifications:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard
  • First Aid
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers

Briggs Training Contact: Jackie Barratt – Aquatics Coordinator

Shelton Training Contact: Pearl Freckleton - Aquatics Coordinator