NorthWest Family YMCA

The NorthWest Family YMCA offers a complete lineup of activities and programs for the whole family. Sports, strength and wellness, health screenings, tennis, and childcare.


Mon – Thurs: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun: 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.


Mondays – Saturdays: 12 – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.


1501 Kennerly Rd
Irmo, SC 29063
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What's Happening at the Y
Fall Soccer

Fall Soccer

It’s Game Time

It’s Soccer time again! Our Fall Registration is here and we’re ready!

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 ages 4-18. Each team is guaranteed 7 League Matches out our 8 Scheduled League Matches, weather permitting.


Until August 17, 2014!

SEASON: September 8 – November 14, 2014


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

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

*$25 late fee after August 17

New for this Fall, your Registration Fee includes a team photograph and medal for each player Ages 4-18!  

PLEASE NOTE:  this season (Fall 2014) marks 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 this Fall’s 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.

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

Women’s Self Defense Course

Self-defense course designed just for women. The course will be taught by SASS by Shannon Henry. They will cover 97% of the ways women are attacked. You will learn what has been taught to Richland and Lexington County law enforcement, SLED, SWAT, and State Troopers. Learn how to defend yourself without a weapon!

July 23 and 30

Times: 10 a.m. – noon

Ages: 16+

Cost: $25 members/$35 non-members for both classes.

All Day Out at NorthWest

Ages: 5 -12

June 6

No school means a day of fun at the Y! Children will have time to enjoy activities such as swimming, active games, crafts and dancing. Preregistration is required to attend. Children currently registered in the YMCA Afterschool program, do not need to register for this program – it’s included.

Times: Drop off starts at 7 am and pick-up by 6 pm.

Cost: $18/member; $30/non-member

Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon

Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Tom Hoskins Memorial Spring Triathlon is held in memory of Tom Hoskins who was hit and killed during a charity bicycle ride in 2007. The event is to raise awareness of bicycling safety in South Carolina. Proceeds from the race support the YMCA of Columbia’s Annual Campaign which allows us to give scholarships and financial assistance to those who need it most to make an impact in our community through Y programs and services.

Triathlon Distance:

350-yard swim, 13-mile bike, 3.1-mile run out & back

Duathlon Distance:

1-mile run, 13-mile bike, 3.1 mile run

Location: NorthWest Family YMCA

Time: Start time for Triathlon and Duathlon is 7:30 a.m.

Cash Awards!
$75 each for male and female overall winners of Triathlon
$75 each for male and female overall winners of Duathlon

» Triathlon/Duathlon Early Price $55 (solo) $95 (team) – ends July 11
» Triathlon/Duathlon Late Price $65 (solo) $105 (team)
» Late pricing begins 2 weeks prior to event

Packet pickup is Friday, July 25, 5-7 p.m. and race day starting at 6 a.m.

Race day registration is discouraged. Please register early. If you register on race day you may not receive a race shirt.

Y-Club Afterschool Program

The Y-Club Afterschool Program is a fun place to be with lots of positive staff interaction and learning opportunities. We provide a healthy afterschool snack, physical fitness time, homework help and a wide variety of other activities, including STEM and time to socialize with friends or play games.

Hours: School dismissal – 6:15 p.m.

Ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade

Weekly Cost: $45 members/$60 non-members

When there is a half day at school, we will still hold afterschool and pick up the children from school. School in-service days and student holidays are included in regular weekly fees, except for holiday breaks (Winter Break and Spring Break) are registered and paid for separately.

Transportation is provided from:
» Ballentine Elementary
» Crossroads Middle
» Dutch Fork Elementary
» Dutch Fork Middle
» H.E. Corley Elementary
» Harbison West Elementary
» Irmo Elementary
» Oak Pointe Elementary
» River Springs Middle

2014 Afterschool Registration Form

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Young

My Fit is here!

My Fit is here!

Available at the Downtown, Jeep Rogers, and NorthWest branches, My Fit is a suite of services to help members learn, grow and thrive. It is a multi-step program to meet your needs, whether for fitness, inspiration or nutrition. We’ll help you develop life-promoting habits. Powered by MobileFit! A new, easy-to-use system to help you reach your health goals.


Among the various fitness programs offered at the YMCA of Columbia, SmartStart stands out by taking a unique approach to being more healthy. These one on one sessions combine nutritional information and fitness with coach support to encourage participants to meet their goals. 3 sessions: FREE

Healthy Eating:

Healthy Eating includes three sessions with a Healthy Living Coach to identify potential roadblocks to healthy eating. Participants learn how to use the MobileFit Nutrition application to track calories, nutrition, water consumption and will also learn how to use to support healthy eating. 3 sessions: $49

Personal Training:

Get one-on-one fitness training with a nationally certified trainer. Designed to evaluate, motivate, and educate so that you get the most out of every workout. Your trainer will provide motivation to help you meet your goal, train for a sport, get ready for a special event, or just increase your level of health. Our qualified trainers will evaluate your current fitness level and design a specific program for you based on your goals. For new personal training participants only. 3 sessions: $99



What is MobileFit?
MobileFit is a web-based group of tools designed to support our My Fit series of programs.

How do I get started on MobileFit?
It’s easy to get started using MobileFit by registering for one of the three My Fit programs: SmartStart, Healthy Eating or Personal Training. Coaches will enroll participants during their first session.

How can I access MobileFit once I am enrolled?
Choose one of the many options to access MobileFit; there are touchscreens in your local branch; to print a custom workout and log your results: download the MobileFit App for free on an iPhone; access MobileFit from other smart phones through; or access on your iPad or tablet.

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: Registration is open two weeks prior to session date start and available at the front desk or online.

Download: Summer Swim Lessons Schedule

Members: $25
Non-Members: $70

Summer Weekday Sessions, 2 weeks:
July 7 – July 17
July 21 – 31
August 4 – 14

Summer Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
July 5 – August 9
August 16 – September 20


Ages: 3-5

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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m. or Saturdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m.

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m. or Saturdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m.

For children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and their face is in the water with rhythmic breathing. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m. or Saturdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m.

Register for 3-5 year olds


Ages: 6 – 12 years

6-12 year olds. 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.Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m., 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 3:40-4:20 p.m., 5:40-6:20 p.m., 7:10-7:50 p.m., or Saturdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m.

6-12 year olds. 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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m., 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 3:40-4:20 p.m., 5:40-6:20 p.m., 7:10-7:50 p.m., or Saturdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m.

6-12 year olds. 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 and butterfly movements. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m., 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 3:40-4:20 p.m., 5:40-6:20 p.m., 7:10-7:50 p.m., or Saturdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m.

Register for 6-12 year olds

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.

Seals Summer Swim Team

The NorthWest Family YMCA Summer Swim Team teaches the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. The Seals 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: 4-18 years

Begins May 1 and is ongoing through the summer.
Register at the front desk!

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

May 20 – July 19
Weekly meets with a Championship meet at the end of the season.

For more information, contact Jeff Mead.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Registration is now open!

YMCA Summer Camp is a safe and fun way to enjoy the Summer. Meeting new friends, learning new skills, having fun! Our camp staff are ready to help with memory-making day camp experiences.

Visit our camp page to choose which camps your child will have a blast at this summer!

Gift Cards now available!

Gift Cards now available!


Give the gift that shows you really care. The Y is the leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests.

When you give a Y Gift Card, you too can make a meaningful, enduring impact on someone’s health and help them live a happier, healthier life. So, show that you really care. Give the gift of health. Give a Y Gift Card today. Gift cards are available at all area locations for any amount. Stop by the front desk to purchase or for more information!

Gift Cards can be used for:
• Joiner’s fee
• Membership dues
• Youth sports and other program fees
• Personal training sessions
• Swim lessons
• Y Merchandise
• And lots more!