Swim

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Try our Swim Flow Chart to help you determine your child’s swim level.

This tool is designed to assist parents in evaluating their child’s swimming skills. The YMCA will provide a quick swim evaluation during the first day of each swim session to ensure correct level placement for the child’s best learning environment. Please answer the questions below regarding your child’s swimming ability to place him or her in the correct class.

Note: Swimmers ages 13 and up can take adult swim lessons.

How Old is Your Child?

At the Y, we are dedicated to providing student-centered swim lessons designed to nurture the development of each individual participant through our unique and dynamic group lessons. To help you determine which lesson level will create the best learning environment for your child, click through the options below.

6 to 36 Months 3 to 5 Years 6 to 12 Years
WATERBABIES

With the help of songs, games, and social activities parents work hand-in-hand with our team in the water as we introduce water skills based on each child's unique development level. At this level parents will be in the water with their child.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Can your child swim independently on their front and back without a flotation (i.e. bubble, noodle, etc)?
No
Pike

This is an introductory swimming level. Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child willingly submerge underwater?
No
Pike

Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Does your child put his face in the water when he swims?
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 15 feet
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Ray

For children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and their face is in the water with rhythmic breathing.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Will your child go underwater and float independently on their front/back without flotation?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child (without flotation) swim 15 yards without stopping and fully submerge?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 25 yards of front crawl and back crawl with good form?
No
Guppy

For swimmers able to complete at least 15 yards of front and back crawl independently. Our team will focus on progressive technique for the front and back crawl as well as the side stroke.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your swimmer demonstrate at least 25 yards of breaststroke?
No
Minnow

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of front and back crawl. Our team focuses on building swim endurance, enhancing stroke technique, and introducing breaststroke movements.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Fish

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of breaststroke, 50 yards of freestyle, and 50 yards of backstroke. Our team will focus on building endurance, teaching advanced swim technique, and introducing butterfly.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Start Over


Winter Break Lifeguard Certification Class

Do you want to become a certified lifeguard? Now is your chance to get an American Red Cross certification!

Days and Times:
Monday, December 29, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 2, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Participant must attend all class dates and times and pass American Red Cross prerequesites of a 300 yard swim, retrieve a 10lb brick from bottom of pool, and tread water for 2 minutes. Class will give each participant skills to perform the duties that are required to be a lifeguard. Through videos, class room time, pool instruction, and hands on practice, participants will learn all rescue skills needed for a lifeguard job. Successful completion of the class will make participant certified in CPR, AED, Lifeguarding, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen.

Ages: 15 & up

Cost:
Members: $170
Non-members: $200

For additional information, contact: Andrea Wilcox, 803.451.8439 or andreawilcox@columbiaymca.org


Home School Swim and Gym

Home School Swim and Gym

Ages: 4-16

Home schooled youth can enjoy the many opportunities the Y has to offer also. Certified, passionate, and enthusiastic instructors will teach your child more fundamentals of physical activities with lessons involving team concepts, sports development, and so much more. The program will follow core values of the Y (caring, respect, responsibility, honesty, and faith).

Sessions:
August 20 – October 8
October 22 – December 17 (program will not be held the week of Thanksgiving)
January 7 – February 25
March 11 – May 6

Day & Time: Wednesdays 12:30-3 p.m.

Cost:
Members: $35
Non-members: $70
(Second child registered receives a discounted rate of $25 members/$50 non-members. You must register at the front desk to receive the sibling discount).

Register online or fill out a registration form at the front desk.

Download: Home School Swim and Gym Registration Form

For more information, contact J’Aimee Mechling. 


Water Babies Swim Lessons

Ages: 6 Months to 36 Months + parents

The primary objective is to get both the parent and child comfortable in the water. The parent will learn how to be safe with the child in and around the water. The child will become aware of the differences between moving on the water an on dry land while the parent will become aware of how to teach his/her child to be safer in and around the water. Classes are designed to allow the child to have fun in the water while the parent guides him to learn aquatic skills. Cloth diaper with plastic pants or diapers manufactured for swimming use are required.

With the help of songs, games, and social activities parents work hand-in-hand with our team in the water as we introduce water skills based on each child’s unique development level.

Day and Time: Saturdays, 8:30-9 a.m.

Fall Sessions (6 weeks)
November 8 – December 13 (registration opens two weeks prior to start date)

Spring Sessions (6 weeks)
January 10 – February 14 (registration opens December 20 for members, December 27 for non-members)
February 21 – March 28 (registration opens January 31 for members, February 7 for non-members)
April 11 – May 16 (registration opens March 21 for members, March 28 for non-members)

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-members: $70

For more information, contact Andrea Wilcox.


Adult Swim Lessons

Ages: 13 and up

The YMCA Adult Lesson plan offers an introduction to the water for those seeking to learn how to swim. The goal of these lessons is to make the adults competent, confident, and successful swimmers.

Registration: See below for registration dates for each session.

Day and Time: Saturdays, 8:30-9:15 a.m.

Fall Sessions (6 weeks)
November 8 – December 13 (registration opens two weeks prior to session start date)

Spring Sessions (6 weeks)
January 10 – February 14 (registration opens December 20 for members, December 27 for non-members)
February 21 – March 28 (registration opens January 31 for members, February 7 for non-members)
April 11 – May 16 (registration opens March 21 for members, March 28 for non-members)

Cost:
Members: $40 / person
Non-members: $100 / person


Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

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, diving fundamentals 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: See below for registration dates for each session. Starting in Spring 2015, 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.

Download:  Fall Swim Lesson Dates & Registration Form

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $70

Spring Sessions

Monday/Wednesday, 4 weeks:
January 5 – January 28 (registration opens December 18 for members, December 25 for non-members)
February 2 – February 25 (registration opens January 15 for members, January 22 for non-members)
March 2 – March 25 (registration opens February 12 for members, February 19 for non-members)
April 6 – April 29 (registration opens March 19 for members, March 26 for non-members)
May 4 – May 27 (registration opens April 16 for members, April 23 for non-members)

Tuesday/Thursday, 4 weeks:
January 6 – January 29 (registration opens December 18 for members, December 25 for non-members)
February 3 – February 26 (registration opens January 15 for members, January 22 for non-members)
March 3 – March 26 (registration opens February 12 for members, February 19 for non-members)
April 7 – April 30 (registration opens March 19 for members, March 26 for non-members)
May 5 – May 28 (registration opens April 16 for members, April 23 for non-members)

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
January 10 – February 14 (registration opens December 20 for members, December 27 for non-members)
February 21 – March 28 (registration opens January 31 for members, February 7 for non-members)
April 11 – May 16 (registration opens March 21 for members, March 28 for non-members)

Preschool:

Ages: 3-5

Pike
This is an introductory swimming level class that helps children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.
Days/times: Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4:45-5:15 p.m; or Saturdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m.

Eel
Building on PIKE skills, this level is for children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation device. Classes will focus on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing techniques.
Days/times: Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5:25-5:55 p.m; or Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m.

Ray/Starfish
Building on EEL skills, this level is for children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and with their face in the water with rhythmic breathing.
Days/times: Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5:25-5:55 p.m; or Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m.

Register for 3-5 year olds

Youth:

Ages: 6-12

Polliwog
This class is for those who have little or no experience in the water. It gets children acquainted with the pool, the use of floatation devices, and front and back floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front and back crawl side stroke.
Days/times: Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:05-6:45 p.m; or Saturdays, 10:45-11:25 a.m.

Guppy
Building on POLLIWOG skills, this level is for swimmers that are able to complete at least 15 yards of front and back crawl independently. Children will be performing more skills without a floatation device. Class will focus on progressive techniques for the front and back crawl,  side stroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, as well as some diving skills.
Days/times: Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:05-6:45 p.m; or Saturdays, 10:45-11:25 a.m.

Minnow/Fish
Building on GUPPY skills, this level is for children able to swim 25 yards on front and back with rhythmic breathing, able to jump into the deep end of the pool and swim to the wall, front and back float for 20 seconds and treat water for 30 seconds. Class will focus on building swim endurance, enhancing stroke technique, and introducing breaststroke and butterfly movements.
Days/times: Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:55-7:30 p.m; or Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Register for 6-12 year olds.

For more information, contact Andrea Wilcox.


Swordfish Summer Swim Team

The Jeep Rogers Family YMCA Summer Swim Team teaches the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. The Swordfish summer swim team provides a competitive experience for boys and girls in the summer months. Swimmers improve their strokes and build their endurance under the guidance of an excellent coaching staff.

Ages:
3-18 years

Cost:
Members: $165
Non-members: 185
Discount for each additional sibling.

Season:
Summer 2015
Weekly meets with a Championship meet at the end of the season.

Check back in Spring 2015 for more information!

For more information, contact Jeff Mead.


Masters Swim Team

Ages: 18 and up

Masters Swim Team provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops to adults interested in competitive swimming. The program is designed to improve and develop skills and fitness for all participants. Workouts are created by a qualified coach.

Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for members for a limited time.

For more information, contact Andrea Wilcox.


Private Swim Lessons

One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.

Ages: 3 and up

Private Swim Lessons Information

Registration:
At the front desk with a private swim lessons registration form.

Cost:
Members: $25 for 1 lesson/$80 for package of 4
Non-Members: $35 for 1 lesson/$140 for package of 4

Semi Private Lessons Pricing (min 2 people):
Members: $15 for 1 lesson per person/$50 for 4 lessons per person
Non Members: $30 for 1 lesson per person/$120 for 4 lessons per person

For more information, contact Andrea Wilcox.


Mudcats Year-Round Swim Team

Ages: 3 – 18 years (participation depends on ability level)

The YMCA is committed to offering a quality, Year-round swim team with emphasis on teaching the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. The Jeep YMCA program strives to offer a well-rounded, values-centered program for every member, from the youngest and newest members to our veteran senior swimmers. Contact Jennifer McLeod at 803.451.8439.

View the Mudcats official website here.

Registration Dates: Registration is ongoing at the front desk.

Note: There is a $115 USA swimming registration fee for all swimmers.

Bronze Swimmers

For a beginning competitive swimmer who can successfully complete the length of a 25 yard pool. Developing freestyle and back stroke.

Cost:
Members: $55 / month

Silver Swimmers

Competitive swimmers who are familiar with the four competitive strokes including butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and free style.

Cost:
Members: $55 / month

Gold Swimmers

Competitive swimmers who are very familiar with the four competitive strokes and have intermediate technical ability and endurance.

Cost:
Members: $65 / month

Junior High Level

Competitive swimmers with a moderate to excellent understanding of the four competitive strokes and are beginning to develop a high level of endurance.

Cost:
Members: $75 / month

Senior High Level

Competitive swimmers with an excellent understanding of the four strokes, a high level of endurance and a competitive drive.

Cost:
Members: $85/ month

Register for Year-Round Swim Meets

 


Specialty Birthday Parties

Specialty Birthday Parties

Ages: Parties for ages 1 and older

Our specialty parties are designed to make your child’s party the BEST EVER! We offer party packages to fit everyone’s needs. Our parties provide you with an hour of a specialty activity – choose the pool or Deep Sea Discovery – and an hour in our party room. A host is provided to help make your party run smoothly. Please contact Dana Cicchinelli for more information at 803.451.8439. Up to 24 guests.

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Days and Times:

Thursdays – 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Fridays – 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Saturdays – 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; or 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Sundays – 1:30-3:30 p.m.; or 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $150 members/$225 non-members


Water Aerobics

Ages:15 and up

Water Aerobics is water exercise focused on building strength, mobility and flexibility. Classes are lead by a trained instructor for shallow and/or deep-water exercise. Float belts are provided for deep-water classes. Visit our schedules page for times and classes.

Cost:
Members: Free
Non-members: $10