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.


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

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!

April 23, 6-10 p.m.
April 28, 8 a.m.-noon
May 7, 6-10 p.m.
May 12, 8 a.m.-noon

Ages: 16+

Cost: $25 members/$35 non-members

Summer T-ball, Coaches’ Pitch and Softball

YMCA Baseball is an instructional and recreational league. Younger participants will be introduced to the game and learn basic skills such as running the bases, catching, throwing and batting while older players will have the chance to play a more values-based competitive game to help improve their skills. The program will include a practice day and one game each week. All players will have fun in a positive and supportive atmosphere.

3-5 year olds (co-ed): T-ball
6 – 9 year olds: Coaches’ Pitch
6-9 year olds: Girls’ softball

Registration: March 21 – May 24

Season: practice starts June 2, games played June 14-August 9 on Saturdays

Members: $38 / player
Non-members: $68/ player

For more information, contact Paul Sadler.




HELP IS ON THE WAY! My Fit 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.

Smart Start: Through the support of a coach, participants will identify goals and a path to achieve these goals.

Healthy Eating: With the support of a coach, participants will use MobileFit nutrition to set goals, log foods and make healthy changes.

Personal Training: Certified personal trainers give one on one training, support and coaching.

Details will be available soon, online and at your branch’s front desk.

Coming to the Downtown, Jeep Rogers and NorthWest branches in April.

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!

Lifeguard Certification Class

American Red Cross Lifeguard certification will provide you with the ability to learn life saving skills. This class will teach you rescues, first aid, CPR, AED and more through class room instruction to pool instruction.

Age: 15 years and up

You 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 dive brick and swim it to the shallow end.

April 11-13 (registration opens March 11)
You must attend all classes.

Fridays 5-8 p.m.
Saturdays 8-6 p.m.
Sundays 8-6 p.m.

Indian Guides Spring Long House

Indian Guides Spring Long House

Ages: 5 to 9 years with Dad or guardian

Spring Long House is an overnight camping experience where tribes and individuals participate in traditional and non-traditional activities. Long House is where all Y Guides Tribes come together for tent camping, s’ mores, and more! It is a great way to meet the rest of the tribes and make more friends.

Meals provided: Saturday lunch, dinner and s’mores; Sunday breakfast and lunch. Participants must bring their own tents and gear. (Some cabin accommodations are available upon request and availability).

Activities include: Friday Night movie in the woods, Discovery Hiking, Archery, BB Guns, Canoeing, Kayaks, Horseback Riding, Medieval Castle Water Balloon Battle, Tribal Capture the Monarch, Fishing (bring your own equipment), S’mores and Council Fire.

Days: April 25 – 27, 2014
Program starts Friday night at 5 p.m. and end Sunday at 1 p.m.

Location: Lexington YMCA, 401 YMCA Rd. Lexington, SC 29073

Members: $50 per parent/child team, $20 for each additional child
Non-members: $75 per parent/child team, $20 for each additional child

*Please note: participants must be currently registered as a Y Indian Guide or Trailblazer to join in the fun. Please register the father or accompanting parent for the Longhouse campout and list each participating child.

Register: Until April 25

All Day Out at NorthWest

Ages: 5 -12

May 26
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

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!

Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

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

Ages: 3 – 12 years

Download:  Spring 2014 Swim Lessons Schedule

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.

Members: $25
Non-Members: $70

Weekday Sessions, 4 weeks:
March 31 – April 25
April 28 – May 23

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
April 12 – May 17


3-5 year olds. 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. Meets Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, 6-6:30 p.m., or Saturdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m.

3-5 year olds. For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique. Meets Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, 6-6:30 p.m., or Saturdays, 9:40-1:10 a.m.

3-5 year olds. For children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and their face is in the water with rhythmic breathing. Meets Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, 6-6:30 p.m. or Saturdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m.

Register for 3-5 year olds.

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. Meets Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, 6:45-7:25 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. Meets Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, 6:45-7:25 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. Meets Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, 6:45-7:25 p.m., or Saturdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m.

Register for 6-12 year olds.

Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon at the NorthWest Y

Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon at the NorthWest Y

Date: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the NorthWest Family YMCA

Ages: 7-15

A Splash and Dash, known as an Aquathlon, is a fun, noncompetitive, and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. Its purpose is to introduce youth to the multi-sport lifestyle in a fun and healthy atmosphere. This is not a timed event. All participants will receive a medal when completing the event. There will be a celebration afterwards at NW Splash Pad!

All participants are required to have a USA Triathlon Youth Membership. If you are not a current USAT member, your registration includes a one-day youth membership for this event. Current USAT members must provide USAT # and expiration date to register.

Packet pick-up will be July 24, 5-7 p.m. and July 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Race packet includes event t-shirt (guaranteed if you register by July 11)

Event Distances: Age 7-10 swim 100m/Run 1K;
Ages 11-15 swim 200m/Run 2k .

Cost: $25/member & non-members (non-USAT members also pay USAT one-day fee)

Register online or any YMCA of Columbia location.