American Red Cross Lifeguard certification will provide you with the ability to learn life saving skills. Particpants will learn rescues, first aid, CPR, AED and more. Instruction will occur through classroom and pool instruction. Participant must be able to successfully complete a 300-yard swim, 2 minutes of treading water, and a deep water dive to retrieve a 10-pound brick then swim it to the shallow end. ALL CLASSES MUST BE ATTENDED. Completion of this class will give you the skills needed to perform duties that are required to be a lifeguard.
Available class dates/times: Re-certification class: Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Session 1: Friday, May 8 (4-8 p.m.), Saturday, May 9 (7 a.m.-6p.m.), & Sunday, May 10 (12-6 p.m.)
Session 2: Friday, May 15 (4-8 p.m.), Saturday, May 16 (7 a.m.-6p.m.), & Sunday, May 17 (12-6 p.m.)
Cost: Members: $170 (re-certification class $50) Non-members: $200 (re-certification class $100)
A community splash party for dogs & their humans. Bring your pooch pals to enjoy off-leash swimming, splashing and playing in the YMCA’s fully-fenced Splash Pad!
Date: Saturday, May 9
Proceeds from vendors go to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, ensuring that the Y can live by it’s mission to never turn anyone away due to inability to pay.
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Dogs Under 25 lbs
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Dogs over 25 lbs
We will have local vendors, give aways, and lots of fun!
Note: rabies tag # will be required.
Community Yard Sale
Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 7 a.m. to noon
Spaces: $10 members/$15 non-members
Additional spaces are $5 members/$8 non-members
Note: Tables and chairs will not be provided. Please no weapons or inappropriate items.
Proceeds: sale of the yard sale spaces benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign which enables the Y to live by it’s mission to never turn anyone away due to inability to pay. Sellers may make additional contributions to the campaign from the sale of their items.
In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 16.
The NorthWest Family YMCA Seals Summer Swim Team teaches the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. The 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. The primary objective is FUN!
Ages: 4-18 years
Registration: opens May 1, 2015
Cost: Members: $165 Non-members: 185
Discount for each additional sibling.
May 18-July 21, 2015
Weekly meets with a Championship meet at the end of the season.
Practice: Monday through Friday, between 7 and 9 a.m.
Adult Co-ed Soccer is a fun and friendly, values-based, competitive league. Each team will play 8 games. Each team must have 10 -14 players and games will be played 8 versus 8. Participants may register as a team or individual. If one registers as an individual, he or she will be placed on a team that is in need of players. Shin guards are required to play.
Season: June 2-July 28
Games: Tuesdays at 6:30 and/or 7:30 at the NorthWest Family YMCA
Age: Male players must be 30 years of age minimum and Female players must be 25 years of age minimum. Proof of age is required at the time of registration.
Cost: $45 per player
Register until May 18 online or at the front desk.
Please note: The YMCA has no tolerance for profanity, rough play, or slide tackling.
Triathlon swimming is easier said than done, but what if it could be easier for you? Join USA Triathlon coach Stefanie Cain for a session to learn how to improve your form (and ultimately speed) and skills to help you not only survive the water but also conserve energy for the bike and run!
Ages: 18 & up
Cost: $30 YMCA members/$50 non-members
This swim clinic is for the beginner triathlete who doesn’t know where to start in the pool! We’ll begin in the classroom learning about proper form and body position for freestyle swimming then move to the pool where we’ll put it all into practice. You should have a basic knowledge of swimming, but you don’t have to be the perfect swimmer. You will learn the proper form for freestyle and some techniques in the water to help you become a better swimmer as well as how to tread water and float to help you in an open water triathlon.
Beginner Transition Clinic
Whether you’ve been wanting to do a triathlon, or have done one in the past and got a little mixed up in “transition,” this clinic is for you! There will be a transition area where we’ll talk you through the swim to bike transition and bike to run transition. After we talk through it, you get the chance to ask questions, then put it into practice. We’ll swim, bike, run, receive critique and feedback, and try it again. Your transitions will be timed, which will help you set goals for your next race. Please come prepared to do a triathlon. You will set up a transition area just the same as you would for a race. You will actually swim, bike, and run a short distance to practice transition. Please wear something you can swim/bike/run in (tri suit if you have one), towels (2-3), water bottle, cap/goggles, your bike/helmet/sunglasses/cycling shoes, and running gear and anything else you personally use during a transition.
Date: April 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Swim Strong Clinic
This swim clinic is designed for the intermediate to advanced triathlete who wants to become a stronger swimmer and perform better in the water by learning how to train “smarter” and more efficiently. If your triathlon swim leaves something to be desired, then this training will help you swim better by improving the quality of your swim training and help you learn how to “swim in the gym.” In the classroom, we will learn about proper form and body position for freestyle then we will teach you strength and flexibility exercises that can dramatically improve your swim. We’ll put what we learn into practice in the pool. You’ll learn some key drills to add into your swim training as well as how to structure a strength vs. a speed workout.
Date: June 27, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Advanced Transition Clinic
If you’ve done a triathlon and gotten a little mixed up in “transition” or couldn’t figure out how time sped up during transition then this clinic is for you! We’ll set up and talk you through the swim to bike transition and bike to run transition. After we talk through it, you get the chance to ask questions, then put it into practice. We’ll swim, bike, run, I’ll give you some critique and feedback, and we’ll try it again. I’ll time your transition and videotape you. Please come prepared to do an abridged triathlon. You will set up a transition area just the same as you would for a race. You will actually swim, bike, and run a short distance to practice transition. Please wear something you can swim/bike/run in (triathlon suit if you have one), towels (2-3), water bottle, cap/goggles, your bike/helmet/sunglasses/cycling shoes, and running gear and anything else you personally use during a transition.
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.
UPCOMING SESSIONS (start date):
NorthWest Family YMCA
May 12, 5:30 p.m. (Tuesdays)
May 21, 6 p.m. (Thursdays)
Jeep Rogers Family YMCA
April 27, 5:30 p.m. (Tuesdays)
May 18, 9 a.m. (Mondays)
Long House is an overnight camping experience where tribes and individuals participate in traditional and non-traditional activities. The Annual Spring Y-Guides Longhouse is a great opportunity for dads and kids to make memories together. Tribes will participate in traditional camp-out activities like Movie in the Woods, Archery, BB Guns, Fishing, Smores, Hiking, Ceremony Council Fire and more.
Meals provided are: Saturday- Lunch, Dinner, Smores; Sunday – Breakfast, Lunch. Families are responsible for their own tent camping equipment. Some cabin accommodations are available upon request on first come, first serve basis.
Days: April 24-26, 2015
Program starts Friday night at 5 p.m. and end Sunday at 2 p.m.
Make it a “Play Date” for your 3-5 year old with your friends at the Y every Tuesday! We will jumpstart our time as we get active and develop skills through various games and activities such as: parachute, following directions, catching and throwing, galloping and skipping, jumping, and kicking.
Craft time will allow them to explore their creative side and will include a value-based discussion related to their craft. Next, what would be a play date without some “music n’ motion?” We will introduce them to various music styles through dance and rhythm. Listening skills will be taught through music, simple dances, and songs. Finally, no play date would be complete without a time of stories! We want to enrich their listening skills as well as instill in them a love for reading. While your child is having fun learning new skills, go workout, go shop, or just go relax!
Days/times: Tuesdays, 12-2 p.m. Session 1: February 17, March 3, 17 and 31 Session 2: April 14, 28, May 12 and 26
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: Downtown YMCA, NorthWest Family YMCA in Irmo, Jeep Rogers Family YMCA at Lake Carolina