The John R. Grubb YMCA Aquatics Center offers swim lessons, classes and aquatics opportunities for every age and ability. From Waterbabies infant lessons to water exercise for seniors, there's something for everyone in our aquatics facility.
Safety Around Water is an independent program in partnership with local schools designed to reach children at risk of drowning and teach them basic water safety skills, but the skills it develops overlap with those taught in the Swim Basics stage of YMCA Swim Lessons. Students who complete Safety Around Water are prepared to transition directly into swim lessons to continue the learning.
Waterbabies is a 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.
Preschool Swim Lessons
Preschool lessons are for children 3-5 years of age. There are 4 levels available - PIKE, EEL, RAY or STARFISH. We have a 1 to 4 student/teacher ratio. We focus on water safety, water exploration and the basic strokes.
School Age Swim Lessons
School Age lessons are for children 6-12 years of age. There are 6 levels available - POLLIWOG, GUPPY, MINNOW, FISH, FLY FISH or SHARK. We have a 1 to 6 student/teacher ratio.
Make a splash
John R. Grubb Y is proud to be local partner agencies to USA Swimming Foundation. The USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative is saving children's lives through swim lessons. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers, community-based water safety advocates, and national organizations to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim.
If you have any questions about aquatic programs, please contact Aquatics Coordinator Karissa Bohn at 515-868-0527.
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