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.


Closed for the season.


1501 Kennerly Rd
Irmo, SC 29063
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What's Happening at the Y
Lifeguard Class

Lifeguard Class

Ages: 15+ years

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.

Class times:
Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm with a one-hour break each day.

Class dates:
March 30-April 4

Members: $170
Non-members: $200

For more information, please contact Blake Brown.

Official Charity Partner of the Palmetto Half Marathon!

This year the YMCA of Columbia has been selected as an Official Charity Partner of the Palmetto Half Marathon on Saturday, April 11! Please use this code (anyone can use it!) while registering for the 5K or the 1/2 marathon to receive a $5 discount off the 5K and $10 discount off of the half marathon registration!

In just five years, The Palmetto Half Marathon has given $140,000 to local charities and ministries. $3 from each registration will be donated back to the YMCA of Columbia when the promo code is used at registration.

Promo Code: TEAMYMCA

All participants must be registered by April 1, 2015.

Stay and Play Preschool

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

Cost per session: $40 members/$60 non-members

Registration: opens February 9.

For more information, contact Melissa Hope.

Triathlon Swim Drills & Skills

Triathlon swimming is easier said than done, but what if it could be easier for you? Join USA Triathlon coach Stefanie Cain for a ‘drills and skills’ 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! You’ll get a swim workout using all the drills we try in practice! Each session will be limited to the first six participants to sign up!

Saturday, February 28: 10:30-11:15 a.m. OR 11:15 a.m.-noon
Saturday, March 21: 10:30-11:15 a.m. OR 11:15 a.m.-noon

Ages: 18 & up

Cost: $15 YMCA members/$25 non-members

Registration: Online or at the front desk.

For more information, contact Erin Roof.



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

Next session: begins February 16

For more information or to inquire about participation in the program, email

Pumpkin Run 5K and Kids Fun Run

Pumpkin Run 5K and Kids Fun Run

Proceeds from the Pumpkin Run will support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign to make the Y available to everyone through scholarships and financial assistance. 
Held in memory of Michael “Sully” Sullivan.

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Kids Fun Run starts at 8 a.m.
5K Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

Registration information:
12 and under Fun Run: $10
Early registration (by Oct. 17): $25
Late registration (by Oct. 30): $30
Race day registration: $35
5K group registration (8 or more people, by Oct. 17): $20/person

Cash Awards
To the top overall 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female winners!

Packet Pickup
NorthWest Family YMCA
Friday, October 30, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 31 at 7 a.m.

Every participant must be registered and every individual or team/group must pick up a packet containing a t-shirt and other important information. Must register by Oct. 17 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. The school with the highest student participation will receive an award!

Flyer and Sponsor Form

Registration Form

Register online, mail a form or stop by the NorthWest Y!

ZUMBAthon: "Dance for a Cause"

ZUMBAthon: “Dance for a Cause”

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

It’s not just a workout, it’s a Fitness Party™ that will be raising funds and awareness for the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Funds raised will specifically support the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program (a 12-week wellness program for cancer survivors). YMCA Zumba® instructors from across the city will dance for two hours for non-stop fun for all levels of fitness. Join our DJ and Zumba instructors for door prizes, giveaways and dancing! Dance to help cancer survivors in your community!

Location: NorthWest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Rd., Irmo, SC 29063

Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members/$5 students

Ages: 5 and up

For more information, please contact Erin Roof.

Register online or at the front desk. Students must register at the front desk with a current student ID to receive the student discount.


Summer Youth Basketball

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 a week and play game once a week for an eight game season. Participants will receive a game jersey. Sign up at the front desk or online!

Registration: March 16-April 20
3 – 14
Season: May 11-July 11

Members: $38
Non-members: $68
*$15 late fee April 21-27

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. Contact your branch sports director for more information on how to become a sponsor.

Team Sponsor Rate: $250

Practice times:
Ages 3-5
Wednesdays at 5:30, Tuesdays at 5:30, Fridays at 5:30, or Mondays at 6:30

Ages 6-7
Wednesdays at 5:30, Mondays at 5:30, Thursdays at 5:30, Wednesdays at 5:30, Tuesdays at 5:30, or Mondays at 5:30

Ages 8-9
Wednesdays at 6:30, Tuesdays at 6:30, Fridays at 6:30, Thursdays at 6:30, Thursdays at 7:30, or Tuesdays at 7:30

Ages 10-11
Wednesdays at 5:30, Mondays at 5:30, Tuesdays at 5:30, Fridays at 7:30, or Mondays at 7:30

Ages 12-14
Tuesdays at 7:30, Wednesdays at 7:30, or Mondays at 7:30

For more information, contact Rachel Young.

Spring Break Camp

Ages: 5-12

Dates: March 30-April 3, 2015

Drop off starts at 7 a.m. and pick-up by 6 p.m.

Let your child join us at the Y for camp while school is out. Children will discover new things while participating in fun-themed activities.

Register online or at the front desk. Pre-registration is required to attend. Online registration closes March 28.

Cost: $105/member; $155/non-member

For more information, contact Melissa Hope.

Home School Swim and Gym

Ages: 5 – 14 years

The YMCA Home School Swim and 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 is to have planned individual and cooperative physical activity and fitness assessments promoting the students’ optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Participants will learn sports and swimming skills while developing social relationships.

Wednesdays, 9-11:30 a.m. sessions:
February 25 – April 15
April 22- June 3

Members: $35
Non-members: $70

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

Download: Home School Swim and Gym Registration Form

For more information, contact Melissa Hope.