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.
Adult Swim Lessons
We are very excited to be offering three levels of adult swim lessons. We have beginner and intermediate lessons on Saturday mornings and advanced on Wednesday evenings. Please click here to view the flyer and then stop into the Ankeny YMCA to register.
Pre-Swim Team Program
Jr. Hawks - Jr. Hawks is a transitional program designed to introduce young swimmers to a swim team environment as they continue to hone their technique in the four competitive strokes.
Youth Swim Team
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers competitive swimming for youth ages 6-22 at six of our branches: Ankeny, Boone, Indianola, Walnut Creek, Waukee and Wellmark. All branches swim in the YMCA network, as well as have the opportunity to compete in USA Swimming. We have well trained coaches and great facilities where we are able to keep kids active and competitive in the water!
Summer 2018 season: April 2 - July 29. Registration opens: March 14 for returning swim team members; March 20 for NEW swim team members (please see tryout information on our swim team website for details.)
All swim team members must be a YMCA member AND register for the swim team through our Team Unify website: DSMY Swim Team
For further questions about the Ankeny Practice Site swim team, please contact Bob Bredice, Head Coach/Aquatics Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-965-8303 ext. 114.
Ankeny Family YMCA Pool
Our pool is 25 yards with 8 lanes. Our shallow end starts at 3.75 feet deep and goes to 8 feet deep in the deep end. We do not allow diving in our pool due to pool depth requirements. Our pool is kept 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