Downtown YMCA

The Downtown YMCA has been a cornerstone in Columbia’s community for over 150 years. With six floors of exercise equipment, aquatics, an extensive group exercise schedule, men’s and women’s training areas, and much more, the Downtown YMCA is ideal for the fitness minded.

HOURS:

Mon – Thur – 5:00am – 9:00 p.m.
Fri – 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun – 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

ADDRESS & PHONE:

1420 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-799-9187
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Fall Program Guide

Fall Program Guide

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The Y is full of new programs this season and we would love to share them with you!

Whether you have a passion for sports, aquatics, art, or you just don’t want to workout alone, our programs offer you the chance to challenge yourself while keeping your mind and body active.

Be “in the know” about what’s going on at the Y. From Aquatics to ZUMBA…and everything in between, there’s a Y program for everybody in your family!

Download it today.


30+ Adult Basketball Nights

Here’s your chance to dust off your basketball shoes and come out the new Downtown YMCA’s 30+ Basketball League! Our goal in the adult sports leagues is to provide a perfect opportunity to be active, social and reconnect or start fresh with a sport you love. See you at Tip-Off!

If minimum of 10 to play is not reached, there is the option to receive a program credit to the following week. System credits will be issued if game play does not occur and participant cannot play the following week. Games will consist of referee and score boards.

Registration: online registration closes the Saturday prior to each game. Please register at the front desk after this time.

Days: Monday nights beginning August 17, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $5 for YMCA members, $15 for non-members


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free, 12-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors.

This program fulfills the important need of supporting cancer survivors in our community. They will work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

This program is free to participants and is funded by generous donors to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.

Locations and upcoming sessions:
Downtown YMCA: starts August 24 (Mondays/Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m.)
Jeep Rogers Family YMCA at Lake Carolina: starts August 25 (Tuesdays/Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.)
NorthWest Family YMCA in Irmo: September 22-November 16 (Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9-10:15 a.m.)

For more information or to inquire about participation in the program, email livestrong@columbiaymca.org.


Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

Ages: 3 – 12 years

Download: Swim lessons information and registration form

These lessons follow the YMCA of the USA Progressive Swim Lesson Program. There are six levels of progressively challenging YMCA swim classes covering all strokes and safety skills. Lessons are offered during the weekdays as well as the weekends.

The purpose of the Y Swim Lessons Program is to develop competency in swimming along with confidence and endurance.  The goals of the program are to teach personal safety, personal growth and stroke development in a values-based environment.  Your child will be advanced to the next level only when he or she proficiently and safely performs the skills within his or her level. We teach individually to each child to advance their skills. We expect each child to learn and progress at his or her own rate.

Registration: Registration for weekday lessons opens three Thursdays prior to session start date for members and two Thursdays prior to session start date for non-members. Registration for Saturday lessons opens three weeks before session start date for members and two weeks for non-members.

Cost:

Members: $25
Non-Members: $70

Register for 3-5 year olds

Register for 6-12 year olds

Fall Sessions

Tuesday/Thursday, 4 weeks:
September 1-September 24 (registration opens August 13 for members, August 20 for non-members)
September 29-October 22 (registration opens September 10 for members, September 17 for non-members)
October 27-November 19 (registration opens October 8 for members, October 15 for non-members)
November 24-December 17 (registration opens November 5 for members, November 12 for non-members)

3-5 year olds: 6:15-6:45 p.m.
6-12 year olds: 6:50-7:30 p.m.

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
August 22-September 26 (registration opens August 1 for members, August 8 for non-members)
October 3-November 7 (registration opens September 12 for members, September 19 for non-members)
November 14-December 19 (registration opens October 24 for members, October 31 for non-members)

3-5 year olds: 11-11:30 a.m.
6-12 year olds: 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Winifred Kearse.


Home School Swim and Gym

Ages: 4-14

The Home School Swim & Gym program is a great way to work physical activity, healthy living, socialization and play into your homeschool curriculum. The goal of swim and gym classes for students is to have planned individual and cooperative physical activity and fitness assessments promoting the students’ optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Participants will also learn sports and swimming skills while developing social relationships.

Sessions:
August 17-October 12 (no class on Labor Day)
October 26-December 14
January 4-February 2
March 7-May 2 (No class March 28 – Spring Break)

Day & Time: Mondays, 1-4 p.m.

Cost:
Members: $55
Non-members: $75
(Sibling rate is $45/$65. You must register at the front desk to receive the sibling discount.)

Download: Home School Swim and Gym Registration

For more information, contact Jennifer Sedio.


Fit Camp

This high intensity group exercise class will take you to the next fitness level. High energy, intense cardio and strength training is guaranteed to boost your energy and metabolism to new heights. Easy-to-follow step moves, plyometric moves, circuit training, jump rope, running drills, abdominal work and push-ups. Get more fit than you ever dreamed! This four-week program is designed to get you in shape and lose weight and is appropriate for all fitness levels.

Sessions:
September 9-October 5 (registration opens 8/31 – no class on Labor Day 9/7)
October 12-November 6 (registration opens 10/5)
November 16-December 11 (registration opens 11/9)

Days/Times: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the 4th floor from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Ages: 15 and up

Cost:
Members: $38
Non-members: $68

Registration: Opens one week before program begins.

For more information, contact Lisa Weems.


Martial Arts

Dan Bernardo will be teaching the traditional Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. Tang Soo Do is the Korean expression of Okinawan “Tode”, which is pronounced “Karate” in Japanese. Although the core of our curriculum is self-defense, we don’t just teach kicking and punching. Come learn traditional Korean Karate and set your GOALS high.

Program focuses are:

  • Self-defense
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Self-control
  • Concentration
  • Flexibility
  • Weight Loss
  • Focus
  • Respect

Group Lessons:
Introductory (all ages): Tuesday & Thursday, 5-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Family (8 & up): Tuesday & Thursday, 6:15-7:15 p.m. and Saturday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Adults (15 & up): Tuesday & Thursday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Cost per month: $40 for YMCA members/$80 for non-members
Family discount: the 3rd and after participants from a family will receive a 50% discount

Private Lessons:
Four 30-minute sessions scheduled with the instructor.

Cost: $60 for YMCA members/$100 for non-members

For more information, contact Lisa Weems.


South Carolina United YMCA Recreational Youth Soccer

South Carolina United YMCA Recreational Youth Soccer

It’s Game Time

More Soccer. More Fun. More Value. The South Carolina United FC YMCA Recreational Youth Soccer League serves nearly 5,000 Midlands youth who compete at six different venues throughout greater Columbia. Soccer encourages team play and individual skill development while having fun. Available for girls and boy, ages 4-18. Each team is guaranteed 7 out of 8 scheduled League Matches, weather permitting.

SEASON: practice begins September 21, games played September 26-November 21, 2015

Registration will go through August 31.

Cost*:  

YMCA Family Memberships:
$60 – U4-U6
$70 – U7-U8
$80 – U9-U12
$99 – U13-U19

Non-member:
$75 – U4-U6
$85 – U7-U8
$95 – U9 – U12
$99 – U13-U19

Your Registration Fee includes a team photograph and medal for each player!  

PLEASE NOTE:  Fall 2014 marked the first of the next four seasons in which the League’s new Uniform Kit must be purchased and worn by all registered players. If you are new to our club, please realize that once you have purchased the kit for $25 during the online registration process, your child will wear this same uniform kit for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 seasons.  Please take the potential growth of your child over the next 30 months into account when placing your child’s uniform order.

Locations:
Ballentine Park
Polo Road
Lexington Family YMCA
Jeep Rogers Family YMCA
NorthWest Family YMCA
Owens Field

Please note: register below on the South Carolina United FC website. Any registration questions should be directed to SCUYMCA@southcarolinaunitedfc.com or by calling 1-877-457-2832.


YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.

The YMCA of Columbia is the first YMCA in South Carolina to offer this program.

Email Andrea Ward to learn more or to participate in the program.


Winter Youth Basketball

Registration: September 22-November 8

Ages: 3 – 14

Season: Practice begins week of November 30, games begin December 12, 2015

YMCA basketball leagues are designed to teach players the basic skills of their sport while introducing them to healthy competition. Basketball encourages team play and individual skill development while having fun. Participants will learn new skills and make friends along the way. Each team will practice once per week and have weekly Saturday games for an eight game season. Participants will receive a game jersey.

Cost:
Members: $38
Non-members: $68
$15 late fee November 9-16)

Become A Sponsor
Become a sports team sponsor and help kids play today! Your tax deductible sponsorship helps pay for youth sports participation, jerseys and more.

Team Sponsor Rate: $250

Practice times:
Ages 3-5: Monday 5:30, Thursday 4:30
Ages 6-7: Monday 6:30, Wednesday 5:30, Friday 5:30
Ages 8-9: Monday 4:30, Tuesday 5:30, Thursday 5:30
Ages 10-12: Monday 7:30, Friday 6:30
Ages 12-14: TBD

For more information, contact James Mercado.