Swim Lessons & Youth Aquatics

Swimming

For over 110 years, the Y has been an innovator and leader in aquatics program development worldwide. We were the first organization to offer organized swim lessons and began Group Lessons in 1907 at the Detroit YMCA by George Corsan.

At the YMCA, children and adults learn to swim in a positive, fun manner that builds athletic, social and interpersonal skills. They learn about themselves, safety and rescue skills, and water activities thatcan be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Swim Test Policy 

Click here to view the swim test policy.

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines will swim test all pool users ages 14 and under that would like to use a YMCA of Greater Des Moines pool in water depths that exceed chest height of the individual.

 


Swim Lessons

Tips for swim lesson registrationOn-line class registration for swim lessons at all YMCA branches OR register in person at your branch's Welcome Center OR call the numbers listed in the chart below. 

 

Fall Swim Lesson Information 

Fall sessions: August through December (check individual schedules for sessions)

Member registration for Summer swim lessons opens 7/31 at 5 a.m.

Non-member registration for Summer swim lessons opens 8/14 at 5 a.m. 

 

Summer Swim Lesson Information 

Summer sessions: June 1 through August 12 (check individual schedules for sessions)

Member registration for Summer swim lessons opens 5/1 at 5 a.m.

Non-member registration for Summer swim lessons opens 5/15 at 5 a.m. 

 

If you have question about what level your child should be participating in please view our Swim Lesson Guidelines.

 
Branch Contact Swim Lessons Swim Team
Ankeny
Pool Schedule
Melissa Kuennen
965-8800 ext. 114

Fall

Summer

Information
Jr. Swim Team

Boone County
Pool Schedule
Makala Brinkley
432-5925

Fall

Summer

 Information
Grubb
 

Grubb YMCA
246-0791

Pool is closed for renovations summer/fall

 N/A
Indianola
Pool Schedule
Scott Kruthoff
777-7746

Summer
Spring

Information

Wellmark 
Pool will come in 2015

 

Wellmark YMCA
471-8533

N/A

 Information

South Suburban
Pool Schedule

Laura Dostal - Lifeguards
Brandi Hart - Lessons
285-0444

Fall

Summer
 

 Information
Walnut Creek
Pool Schedule
Laura Dickens
224-9901 ext. 237

Fall

Summer

 Information
Waukee
Pool Schedule
Brian Longren
Aquatic Program Director
868-0513

Adult Swim Lessons

Fall

Fall Waterbabies

Summer

Pre Swim Team

Swim Team

Aquatics in Action

YMCA Healthy Living Center
Pool Schedule
Sheila Treu
645-3348
 N/A  N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines and the John R. Grubb Community YMCA have received a $2500 grant from The USA Swimming Foundation. That organization's Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash.

 

 

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