Orangeburg County YMCA

The Orangeburg County YMCA has a wide variety of programs for people of all ages and interests, featuring a waterpark (open in the summer), natatorium, therapeutic pool, large fitness center, gymnasium, Child Watch, and many great programs!


Monday – Thursday 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


May 23-June 7
Saturdays: 12-6 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.
Monday, May 25: 12-6 p.m.

June 11-August 16
Thursdays-Saturdays: 12-6 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.

August 22-September 7
Saturdays: 12-6 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.
Monday, September 7: 12-6 p.m.


2550 St. Matthews Rd.
Orangeburg, SC 29118
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What's Happening at the Y

Kids Art Classes

Through the arts, participants will experience activities that foster self-expression and build self-esteem, develop imagination, critical thinking and valuable social skills. Art lessons at the YMCA will be taught by art instructor Courtney Quarles who has a bachelor’s degree in art education from SC State. She will be teaching a variety of classes from drawing, painting and sculpting etc.

June 6-27
July 11-August 1 (registration opens June 1)

Times: Saturdays, 1-2 p.m.

Ages: 5-12 years old

Cost per session: $20 YMCA members/$30 non-members

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.

Santee Recreation and Waterpark

Santee Recreation and Waterpark

Visit the brand new Santee Waterpark opening Memorial Day weekend 2015!

$4 children and adults under 47″ ($3 YMCA member)
$8 children and adults over 48″ ($7 YMCA member)

1737 Bass Drive
Santee, SC 29142

Hours of Operation:

May 23-June 7
Saturdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.
Monday, May 25: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

June 9-August 16
Tuesdays-Saturdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.

August 22-September 7
Saturdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.
Monday, September 7: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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 on different days and play games on Saturdays.


Practice: June 8-July 11
Games: June 13-July 11

$30 members/$40 non-members

Registration: May 25-June 8 (online registration closes June 6)

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.

Women’s Self Defense Class

The Orangeburg County YMCA is offering a Women’s Self Defense Seminar suitable for any level of fitness. Taught by John Bates, an instructor with 31 years of martial arts training, the class will cover fundamentals of self-protection for women in society.

Session 1 (beginner): May 2 and 9
Session 2 (beginner): May 16 and 23
Session 3 (advanced): May 30 and June 6

Time: Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.

Ages: 16+

Cost: $20 YMCA members/$40 non-members

According to a recent survey conducted by the Department of Justice, Nearly 52% of women have been the victim of some form of assault. Preparing yourself, mentally and physically can reduce your chance of being a passive victim. It’s just common sense to know all that you can to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Your actions count and your decisions matter.

Decide today to protect yourself.

John will be teaching street-effective self-defense based on mental techniques and physical principles that can be learned quickly and retained easily.

Don’t be a victim. Enrollment is limited, so sign up today.

For more information, contact the YMCA at 803.268.9622 or

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 and 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.

Recertification class: May 3, 9-4 p.m.

Session 1: May 3 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), May 4 (5-9 p.m.), May 5  (5-9 p.m.), and May 6 (5-9 p.m.)

Session 2: May 8 (5-8 p.m.), May 9 (8a.m.-6 p.m.), and May 10 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)

You must attend all classes.

$150 members
$200 non-members

Registration ends day before program starts.

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.

Orangeburg County Aquatic Park

Orangeburg County Aquatic Park

The Orangeburg County Aquatic Park is co-located with the Orangeburg County YMCA and has a lazy river, two family fun slides, a bowl slide with a plunge pool, a zero-depth pool, children’s play area and a toddler pool with a slide. The waterpark is available for rentals for events or parties on certain days.

Hours of Operation:

May 23-June 7
Saturdays: 12-6 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.
Monday, May 25: 12-6 p.m.

June 11-August 16
Thursdays-Saturdays: 12-6 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.

August 22-September 7
Saturdays: 12-6 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.
Monday, September 7: 12-6 p.m.


Admission is free for Orangeburg County YMCA and YMCA of Columbia members.
Daily rate for non-members:
$4 children and adults 47″ and under
$8 children and adults 48″ and over

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.


Keyboard Lessons

Ages: 8 and up

Keyboarding lessons are here! Great for the music lover, beginner, and even those who are a bit out of touch with their musical side. Participants will develop their discipline, focus, understanding of basic music theory, reading music and keyboarding skills. Keyboarding lessons are sponsored in part by Woody’s Pawn Shop.

Each small group meets once a week with instructor Bryan Aiken, the keyboardist for Cornerstone Church in Bamberg, SC.

Group Classes: Mondays or Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Group Lessons Monthly cost: $30 members/$40 non-members

Private lessons are offered for one hour long. Private lessons will be scheduled between the instructor and participant after registration.

Private Lessons Monthly Cost (4 lessons): $45 members/$65 non-members

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.

Festival of Roses Road Race

Festival of Roses Road Race

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Join us in the beautiful Edisto Gardens in Orangeburg, SC on Saturday May 2, 2015. Proceeds benefits the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.

Packet pick-up will be at the Orangeburg Fine Arts Center Friday, May 1, 5 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 starting at 7 a.m.

7:30 a.m.: 12K Run
9 a.m.: 5K Run and Walk
10 a.m.: Kids Fun Run
10:30 a.m.: Awards

Entry Fees:

» 12 & Under Fun Run Registration: $10
» Early Registration (by April 17): 5K – $25, 12K- $30, Double Down (17K) – $50
» Late Registration (by May 1 ): 5K – $30, 12K – $35, Double Down (17K) – $55
» Race Day Registration: 5K – $35, 12K – $40, Double Down (17K) – $60
» Group Entry (Postmarked by  April 17): 5K – $20 per person

Group entry fee applies for groups of eight or more. All Group Entries must be enclosed in one package. You must include one check or multiple checks for the correct amount. All groups must have a team captain. Must enter before April 18 to be guaranteed a shirt.

$50 to the Male and Female winners of each the 5K, 12K & Double Down!

Flyer and Sponsorship Form

Registration Form

Register below, online at, mail or drop off registration forms to the Orangeburg Y!

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Silver Sponsor:
The State Bank

Bronze Sponsors:
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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: See below for registration dates for each session. Starting in Spring 2015, Registration for weekday lessons opens three Thursdays prior to session start date for members and two Thursdays prior to session start date for non-members. Registration for Saturday lessons opens three weeks before session start date for members and two weeks for non-members.

Download: Swim lessons information and registration form

Members: $25
Non-Members: $35

Summer Sessions

Monday-Thursday, 2 weeks:
June 8 – June 18 (registration opens May 21 for members, May 28 for non-members)
June 22 – July 2 (registration opens June 4 for members, June 11 for non-members)
July 6 – July 16 (registration opens June 18 for members, June 25 for non-members)
July 20 – July 30 (registration opens July 2 for members, July 9 for non-members)
August 3 – August 13 (registration opens July 16 for members, July 23 for non-members)

3-5 year olds: 11-11:30 a.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m. or 6:30-7 p.m.

6-9 year olds: 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.

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
May 23-June 27 (registration opens May 2 for members, May 9 for non-members)
July 11-August 15 (registration opens June 20 for members, June 27 for non-members)
August 22-September 26 (registration opens August 1 for members, August 8 for non-members)

3-5 year olds: 9:40-10:10 a.m.

6-9 year olds: 10:15-10:55 a.m.


Ages: 3-5

This is an introductory swimming level class that helps children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

Building on PIKE skills, this level is for children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation device. Classes will focus on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing techniques.

Building on EEL skills, this level is for children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and with their face in the water with rhythmic breathing.

Register for 3-5 year olds.


Ages: 6-12 year olds.

This class is for those who have little or no experience in the water. It gets children acquainted with the pool, the use of floatation devices, and front and back floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front and back crawl side stroke.

Building on POLLIWOG skills, this level is for swimmers that are able to complete at least 15 yards of front and back crawl independently. Children will be performing more skills without a floatation device. Class will focus on progressive techniques for the front and back crawl,  side stroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, as well as some diving skills.

Building on GUPPY skills, this level is for children able to swim 25 yards on front and back with rhythmic breathing, able to jump into the deep end of the pool and swim to the wall, front and back float for 20 seconds and treat water for 30 seconds. Class will focus on building swim endurance, enhancing stroke technique, and introducing breaststroke and butterfly movements.

Register for 6-12 year olds.

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.

Martial Arts

The Martial Arts program is to teach the kids different techniques. The class is designed to reward patience and courage in a structured environment. A color-coded rating system keeps the program exciting as you excel towards your black belt. Upon passing each level’s test a new belt is awarded (there is a $5.00 fee associated with each test). This class instills the Y’s core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.


Kids (ages 4-14): Fridays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Sundays 3 -4 p.m. OR Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Adults (ages 15 & up): Fridays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 4 -5 p.m.

Monthly Fees: $30 member / $40 non-memner

Register: online or at the front desk.

For more information, contact Chris Holman.

Register for kids.

Register for adults.