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Swimming at the Y is about building the whole person and developing healthy habits that last a lifetime.


Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, and Swim Team Coaches

Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Few things are more inviting than a bright blue, sparkling pool, and the Y has plenty of them ready for year-round use! Whether you’re looking for basic lessons, a competitive swimmer who wants to improve their stroke, or just working to stay fit and socially connected, the Y has a pool, program, or lesson for you.

To learn more about our Aquatics offerings, please email Susan, Aquatics Director and Head Coach [email protected]


YMCA swim lessons emphasize water safety and skill development in a safe environment! We offer group swim lessons and private swim lessons so you can find a class that best fits your needs.


Parent Child Stage A & B

Ages 6 months – 3 years

Infants and toddlers are accompanied by their parents as they learn to be comfortable in the water.


Ages 3–5

Young children will learn the foundation of water safety skills and build (on) their foundation of water safety skills.


Ages 5–12

Students learn more about personal water safety and work to master two benchmark skills.


Ages 13+

Teens, adults, and seniors can learn the basics or build on their foundation and learn additional
swimming techniques


Ages 3+

Our private swim lesson packages are a one-on-one session between the student and a certified swim instructor. Packages are six 30-minute sessions between the student and instructor. Semi-private swim lessons are six 30-minute sessions between two students and instructor.

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Our team is a year round competitive YMCA / USA Swimming swim team offering quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to national competitor. Ages 5-18 years.

Ride the wave with us this August, and join the 2022-2023 Summerville Family YMCA Swim Team! Our year-round season runs from August 22-mid March.

Competitive swimming gives swimmers the opportunity to enhance their technical skill and strengthen their aerobic fitness, in a training regime that stresses discipline and constant personal improvement. Competitions give swimmers the experience to put those strengths and skills to use in races, across a wide range of events and distances, and to experiment with different strategies and situational pressures. Personal performance in these situations, and the lesson learned, are more important than the medals won. Stress management, team dynamics, work ethic and dedication are all life skills that competitive swimmers will take with them beyond the pool.

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Our summer swim team, the Stingrays is a place for children 4-18 to learn YMCA core values, compete in competitive swimming and learn the fun of swim team. Whether they are new to swim team or have prior experience. The Stingrays compete in CCAA league with an option to compete in USA swimming. Information about the summer swim team will be available in early 2023.

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Our stroke clinics will focus on the technique of all 4 strokes, endurance with fun thrown in! Each week we will focus on a specific stroke, the start & the turns! In the off-season we offer a conditioning program. This program is designed for swimmers who swim competitively, whether you are on a high school, USA club or YMCA swim team. This program is designed to help those stay in shape in the off


Are you looking to lifeguard or babysit? The Y’s Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR/AED certifications will expand your horizons and income opportunities. In order to become certified, you must complete all prerequisites, pass all skill and written tests, attend all classes and be a dedicated lifesaver!

American Red Cross Lifeguard

Ages 15+

This course is designed to give participants the skills and knowledge needed to be lifeguards in pools and aquatic environments. This comprehensive course is through the American Red Cross with Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications included. There are no makeup classes and participants must attend all scheduled classes. Prior to class registration, participants must register and pass the mandatory pre-test, which includes a 300-yard swim, a two-minute tread, and a timed brick retrieval from the deep end of the pool.

Aquatics Leaders Program

Ages 11-14

Our Aquatic Leaders Training shows future aquatic leaders what it means to be a swim instructor or a lifeguard and how a career in aquatics can be fun. In addition, Aquatic Leaders helps you build communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills to prepare you for future jobs! Our Aquatic Leaders Training offers two leadership-pathways for your youth- Swim Instructor Development & Jr. Lifeguard. Participants will receive a Red Cross Jr. Lifeguard certification at the end of this course, along with training as a YMCA Swim Lesson Assistant.

Our Pools

The Downtown Family Center features an indoor, salt water heated pool and is open year-round. Our Oakbrook Family Center heated, outdoor pool is open April 1-Oct 31. For more information, please contact our Welcome Center at 843-486-1464.

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