Our swimming pools are a prime example of how we are utilizing community partnerships to serve and strengthen our community. In addition to Y member services and programming, we host competitive swim teams from both Simpson College and Indianola High School. Our pools serve a full range of community needs, from waterbabies and swim lessons learning to be safe and confident around the water to competitive teams working towards personal and team achievement to adults striving for a healthy lifestyle through water exercise, lap swim, and aquatic therapy.
Did you know that drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children age 1-14? This is a staggering statistic and one where we know that we can make a difference! The Y is an accessible community resource to teach kids to be safe and confident around water. Through Y Swim Lessons, in addition to water safety instruction, participants learn new swimming skills, gain a sense of achievement, build connections with others, and increase physical activity levels. Swim lessons are about more than learning to swim!
If our class times and dates don't fit into your child's schedule, private swim lessons may be the answer. Private swim lessons are available for all ages and swimming ability! Participants will work with a swim lesson instructor to find the perfect time for your session. Classes are 30 minutes long and 4 classes are included in one program. If you are interested in private swim lessons, please fill out the private swim lesson form and email it to Samantha.email@example.com. Once the form has been submitted, our aquatics director will find an instructor and arrange your program. Private swim lessons are popular and may take up to a month to schedule. Please keep this in mind, and thank you for your patience.
Adult Swim EXPLORE is for people who want to or are just starting to get comfortable in the water. Participants will learn safety skills and stroke technique. Their goal will be to become more confident in the water along with have the ability to float, tread and be able to swim a length of the pool. Swimmers will be lead by a well trained and experienced instructor.
ENHANCE - Previously Adult Swim 101
Adult Swim ENHANCE is for swimmers just starting to lap swim. Participants will learn how to plan a great workout and learn the skills it takes to be a competitive swimmer. Swim workouts and stroke technique will be lead by a well trained and experienced coach both in the water and on deck. Their main goal will to be the ability to swim longer distances, multiple stokes, and create their own swimming workouts by the end of the program.
EXCEL - Advanced Swim Workout Group
Adult Swim EXCEL is a challenging workout for experienced swimmers. Participants will get an intense workout while enjoying the support and being pushed by fellow classmates and coaches. Swim workouts and stroke technique will be lead by a well trained and experienced coach. This group will also have three ability groups within the program that will be based on speed and stroke technique but all groups will work together throughout the class.
Water Polo at the Y
We are partnering with Des Moines Water Polo Inc. Check back this winter for more information about water polo at the Y!
Boy Scout Aquatic Programs
Lots of great Boy scout programs are happening at the Indianola YMCA this spring. Even though these programs are targeted to boy scouts members, all participants are welcome.
Boy Scout Program Information coming soon
We are blessed to serve a community with so many different user groups interested in utilizing our pools. With so many different needs to meet, our pool is the most programmed and scheduled area of our facility. We strive to use our pool space efficiently and to serve as many of our members' needs as possible. It is important that you are aware of the pool schedule so we post it on our website, mobile app, and at the front desk.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309