Our Aquatics Center is named "The Charlotte Broderick Natatorium" in honor of the late Charlotte Broderick who, with her husband Phil, donated the land on which our Waukee Family YMCA is currently located. We are very thankful for their donation and the impact we are able to make in our community because of their generosity!
The Waukee Family YMCA Aquatics Center offers something for every age and ability. Because drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 5-14, we strive to be a leader in drowning prevention in our community by offering many swim programs for any age and any level of ability.
Our 8-lane Lap Pool, with its cooler temperature (approx. 79 - 83 degrees), is perfect for a swimmer of any level of ability. Stairs allow easy entry into the pool as well as a chair lift for handicapped accessibility if needed. Backstroke flags and competitive blocks are additional features as the Waukee Family YMCA proudly supports our Waukee High School Warriors and YMCA Marlins competitive swim teams.
The Recreation Pool is a family-friendly pool with a zero-depth entry ramp, fun fountains and even a waterfall. The recreation pool also features warm water (approx. 84-87 degrees), seating in front of relaxing jets, and a maximum depth of 4'6". It is perfect for family fun or just those who love warmer water! Youth Group Swim Lessons, Private Lessons and Water Exercise classes are all held at various times and days in our Recreation Pool.
At the Y, children become safe and confident in the water, learning to swim in a positive, fun manner that builds lifelong skills. Research shows formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages 1-4 years. We offer a wide range of options for the whole family with classes beginning at 6 months of age to active older adults. Lessons are available year-round with morning, evening and weekend classes.
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers competitive swimming for youth ages 6-22 at six of our branches: Ankeny (at Wellmark), Indianola, South Suburban, 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!
All swim team members must be a YMCA member AND register for the swim team through our Team Unify website: DSMY Swim Team