Our aquatics facilities provide a place for families to connect while staying active. There’s something for everyone, from those seeking recreational swim time with their family members to those with a competitive streak ready to push themselves further. You’ll find it all with aquatics at the Y.


Adult Lap Swim and Classes

Each branch with a pool has designated lap swim hours and specialty classes so that you can find what works best for you, from AquaFit to water aerobics to competitive swim training. You’ll gain the confidence that comes from learning to swim, or challenge your body in new ways in a new environment.


Youth Swim Lessons

As “America’s Swim Instructor”, the Y has been teaching kids how to be safe around water for decades. Our session includes five components – personal growth, personal safety, rescue skills, stroke development and fun and games. These five components build confidence in each individual swimmer, inside the water and out.


During our swim lessons, swimmers learn basic skills, improve on technique, learn water safety, build positive relationships with their classmates and, most importantly, have fun! Swim lessons are available for all ages, and private lessons are an option as well.


We have made some changes to our swim lesson structure to simplify and more accurately describe skill levels. We’re making two key changes to swim lessons:

  1.  Name changes: Lesson names are changing to stages that better reflect the skills learned and we’re moving away from the identifying fish levels. Contact us for more information and information on which stage is appropriate for your child(ren).
  2.  Curriculum changes: We’re also changing the curriculum to better serve the different learning styles of our youth participants. We’ve simplified the structure by focusing on benchmark skills and goals in each stage. Students progress from fundamentals to stroke technique over 6 distinct stages.

Swim lessons are essential for kids to become safe around water, and learn to set and achieve goals. We’re looking forward to launching this new swim lesson structure and helping many more young people build swimming confidence.


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Lifeguard Training

You can approach life’s emergencies – big and small – with confidence and composure when you take the YMCA’s Lifeguard Training certification class. This hands-on class will prepare you for any aquatic emergency and equip you with useful skills both in water and on land. Upon completion, you’ll earn the American Red Cross certification for Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR-Pro and AED (valid for 2 years).


Course Pre-requisites:

  • 15 years or older
  • Able to swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of the two
  • Demonstrate breath control and rhythmic breathing while swimming
  • Tread water for two (2) minutes using only the legs
  • Complete the following in one minute and forty seconds (1:40):
    – Swim 20 yards (in-water start)
    – Surface dive (feet first or head first) to a depth of 8-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb. object
    – Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface
    – Exit the water without using a ladder or steps


Certification Requirements:

  • Participate in all class sessions
    – Course sessions total approximately 28.5 hours
    – Dates and times may vary to include breaks
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with 80% or better.


Please contact Theresa Sheridan for more information.
517.827.9678 or tsheridan@ymcaoflansing.org


Member: $135
Non-Member: $150


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Winter 1 2018

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