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: Begins in January and closes one week after session start date.

Saturdays: 11 – 11:45 a.m.

March 1 – April 5
April 12 – May 17

Members: $40 / person per session
Non-members: $100 / person per session

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, 9 – 9:30 a.m.

January 18 – February 22
March 1 – April 5
April 12 – May 17

Members: $25
Non-members: $70

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.

Masters Swim Team

Ages: 18+ years

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 will be created by a qualified coach.

Days & Times:
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays: 5:15 – 6:45 a.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Members: $25/ month
Non-members: $60/ month

Private Swim Lessons

Ages: 2 & up

One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor. Lessons consist of four classes at 30 minutes each.

Register: at front desk

Days & Times:
Time and availability are scheduled between the instructor and the participant.

Members: $80/four 30-minute lessons; $25/single lesson
Non-members: $140/four 30-minute lesson; $35/single lesson

NorthWest Home School Swim and Gym

NorthWest Home School Swim and Gym

Ages: 4 – 16 years

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 to 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).


January 8 – February 26

March 5 – April 30

Day & Time: Wednesdays 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Members: $35
Non-members: $70
Second child registered receives a discounted rate of $25

Register online or at the Y! (Registration form)

Mudcats Year-Round Swim Team

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 NorthWest 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.

Registration is ongoing.

Register 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.

Members: $55 / month

Silver Swimmers

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

Members: $55 / month

Gold Swimmers

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

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.

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.

Members: $85/ month

Register for Year-Round Swim Meets

Aqua Zumba

Known as the Zumba® “pool party,” the Aqua Zumba program gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class. Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, the Aqua Zumba class blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.

Mondays at 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7:15 – 8 p.m.

Members: FREE
Non-members: $10 per person


Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Ages: 15 years+

Water Aerobics is water exercise focused on building strength, mobility and flexibility. Classes are led by a trained instructor for shallow and deep-water exercise. Float belts are provided for deep-water classes. Click here for our schedules.

Members: FREE
Non-members: $10 guest fee