Welcome to the Walnut Creek Family YMCA's Aquatic Page!
Our six-lane lap pool serves over hundreds of swimmers through programs that help build a healthy spirit, mind and body! Classes in the pool range from beginner to advanced and stretching to intense cardio. We truly have something for everybody.
6 months to 3 years: Waterbabies This instructor led class combines games, songs, and toys to help parents introduce their infants to the water in a fun and safe way. It’s a great way to get your child started off early in the water.
3 years to 5years: Pre-school lessons These lessons introduce children to swimming and water safety as well as basic swim technique. Through our pre-school lessons children can realize that learning to swim can be fun! (We maintain a 4:1 ratio of child to instructor for these lessons)
6 years to 12 years: School age lessonsWe also offer school age lessons for youth to learn how to swim, want to become better swimmers, and those who may want to be on swim team as they get older. While still fun, these lessons focus more on swim technique and learning more advanced skills such as diving. Stokes covered throughout school age lessons include the front crawl(freestyle), back crawl, elementary backstroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and breaststroke.
Water Ex Classes The pool is a great place to workout for many reasons including:
Easier on the joints
Improves cardiovascular endurance
Improves core strength
Burns large amounts of calories
The Walnut Creek YMCA offers several types of water exercise classes to give members different options based on your water comfort, workout intensity, and overall health.
Shallow H2O Using the resistance of the water, this class provides an aerobic and stretching workout adaptable to all ages and fitness levels. You get a great workout without the impact of the land aerobics. This is a great class to do if you’re just starting to get into fitness, or if your looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a low impact class.
Deep Water Class The deep-water class is ideal for aerobic and muscle conditioning. Water belts and floatation devices such as, barbells and noodles, are used to provide a great workout with no impact.
Aqua Boot Camp Come join the intense aqua exercise class. This class may incorporate partners, noodles, circuits, kickboards, step and muscular conditioning. A high-energy workout without the high impact of the land aerobics. This class uses the entire length of the pool. Deep water exercise is included. Some basic swim strokes are included in the exercises.
Aqua Movement Fun and easy exercises in water to increase or maintain range of motion and flexibility while promoting joint protection. (Arthritis type class) This class is a fun way to keep the body active throughout the later years of life.
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
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309