Please see our pool schedule link for information on our water exercise classes available for YMCA members.
Swim Lesson Information:
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.
Waterbabies: 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.
Information about the 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 up 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.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309