December 10: YMCA swimming, youth swim meet; Prairie Meadows pool will be close at 5:30pm and the Program Pool will remain open.
December 14-16: USA Swimming, youth swim meet; on Friday both the Prairie Meadows pool and Program Pool will be close at 4pm, both pools closed Saturday and Sunday.
December 24: Christmas Eve; pools closing at 1:45pm
December 25: Christmas Day; YMCA closed
December 31: New Year's Eve; pools closing at 2:45pm
January 1, 2019: New Year's Day; pools open 10am-1:45pm
January 11-13, 2019: USA Swimming, youth swim meet; on Friday Prairie Meadows pool will be closed later in the afternoon, more details coming
January 26, 2019: YMCA swimming, youth swim meet; Prairie Meadows pool will be closed, Program Pool will remain open
February 1-3, 2019: USA Swimming, youth swim meet; on Friday Prairie Meadows pool will be closed later in the afternoon, more details coming
February 10, 2019: YMCA swimming Sectional Championship
Feb. 14-17, 2019: Iowa Swimming Age Group Championships; both pools closed
Feb. 21-24, 2019: Iowa Swimming Short Course Championships; both pools closed
March 6-9, 2019: USA Swimming, TYR PRO SERIES; both pools closed
March 16-17, 2019: YMCA swimming Regional Championship
April 13&14, 2019: Water Polo; American College Water Polo League Tournament
May 10-12, 2019: USA Swimming, youth swim meet; on Friday Prairie Meadows pool will be closed later in the afternoon, more details coming
June 21-23, 2019: USA Swimming, youth swim meet; on Friday Prairie Meadows pool will be closed later in the afternoon, more details coming
July 12-14, 2019: USA Swimming, youth swim meet
August 1-4, 2019: USA Swimming, Futures national level meet
Prairie Meadows Pool
Des Moines' only indoor Olympic-size pool
50 meters long by 25 yards wide
Depth varies from 7' to 10'8''
Eight (8) 50 meter lanes
Nineteen (19) 25 yard lanes
Seating for 1,500 spectators and competitors
Holds 850,000 gallons of water
Water temperature: 79 degrees Fahrenheit
SR Smith Splash! chair lift
Youth Swim Team
Masters Swim Team
Travel Team Swim Team
Wellmark YMCA Program Pool
25 yards in length
30 feet in width
Depth varies from 3'6'' to 5'
Four (4) 25 yard lanes
Water temperature: 84 degrees Fahrenheit
SR Smith Splash! chair lift
Aquatic Group Exercise classes
Youth Swim Team
Kickboards and pull buoys are available on the pool deck. All other swim gear is provided by the swimmer.
All Masters swimmers must be a YMCA member AND register for the Masters team through our Team Unify website: DSMY Masters
All practices are held at the Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Monday - Friday: 5:30-7 am
Monday - Friday 12-1 pm
DSMY Coaches Head Coach: James Lawson email@example.com, Assistant Coaches: Tim Brown and Bryan Hill, Admin Coach: Frankie Hanson
Cost: $40 on a month-to-month basis
Youth Swim Team
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers competitive swimming for youth ages 6-21 at seven of our branches: Ankeny, Boone, 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!
Fall/Winter 2018-19 season: Sept 4 - March 2019. Registration opens: August 13 for returning swim team members; August 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
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 5 years: 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 lessons We 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.
Private Swim Lessons
If our class times and dates don't fit into your 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 are offered in three package options: 1-$30, 4-$100, 10-$225.
If you are interested in private swim lessons, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
your email address, phone number, swimmer first and last name, parent first and last name, swimmer's age, swimmer's availability and a short description of the swimmer's current swimming level and what they would like to accomplish through the private swim lesson program.
Private swim lessons are popular and may take up to a month to schedule.
Adult Water Polo
Prairie Meadows Pool is the host to the Des Moines Water Polo Club practices on Tuesday and Thursday nights during the school year (via renting pool space). If you are interested in playing water polo, registration is directly through DMWPC http://desmoineswaterpoloclub.aquanite.com/.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309