WATERBABIES is a parent/child water adjustment class that provides a special structured fun time for adults and infants. Objectives of the program are fun, exercise, parent education, water adjustment and safety. An instructor will lead the class in a group setting. At least one adult must be in the water with their child during the class time. (6 months-3 yrs. old)
PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS are for children 3-5 years of age. There are 4 levels available: PIKE, EEL, RAY or STARFISH. These levels are listed in order of Pike is the beginner level and starfish is our advanced level. We have a 1 to 4 student-teacher ratio. We focus on water safety, water exploration, and the basic strokes.
SCHOOL AGE SWIM LESSONS are for children 6-13 years of age. There are 6 levels available: POLLIWOG, GUPPY, MINNOW, FISH, FLY FISH or SHARK. The levels are listed in order of beginner Polliwog to advanced Shark level. We have a 1 to 6 student-teacher ratio.
Please see our pool schedule below for information on our water exercise classes.
Ankeny Family YMCA Pool
Our pool is 25 yards with 8 lanes. Our shallow end of the pool is 3.75 feet deep and goes down to 8 feet deep in the deep end. We do not allow diving in our pool due to our pool depth requirements. Our pool temperature is 82 degrees.
Open Swim – Ages 14 & under must wear a swim necklace provided by the YMCA and return after use. Those who pass the swim test wear a green necklace and have full pool access. Those who do not pass/take the swim test must wear a red necklace. Ages 9-14 who don’t pass/take the swim test must stay in the shallow end. Ages 8 & under who don’t pass/take the swim test MUST have IN-WATER SUPERVISION w/in arm’s length of an adult age 16+
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309