Swim at YMCA of Kanawha ValleyThe YMCA of Kanawha Valley offers an extensive aquatics program, including swim lessons, water exercise options, and advanced training for CPR /automated external defibrillation (AED).


Swim Lessons are at the Downtown Charleston YMCA and University of Charleston Pool

Download The 2019 Downtown Charleston YMCA Swim Schedule and Flyer


Downtown Charleston YMCA
1114 Quarrier St
Charleston, WV
Phone: 681-265-5004

Member: $45/weekday session
Non-member: $65/weekday session

Members: $35 Saturday
Non-Members: $48

Level 1 | Intro to Water Skills: orients children to
aquatic environment and helps them accomplish skills, with assistance. Requirements- none.

Mon., Wed., 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Wed., 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Sat. 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Level 2 | Fundamental Aquatics: helps children
further develop their skills and comfort in and around water. Requirements: entering water by stepping or jumping from the side (with assistance, submerging entire head, blowing bubbles.)

Mon., Wed., 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Wed., 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Sat. 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Level 3 | Stroke Development: helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be
comfortable in and around water.
Requirements: entering water by stepping or
jumping in from the side, back float, front float, front and back crawl 10 yards.

Mon., Wed., 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Tue., Thu., 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Sat. 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Level 4 | Stroke Improvement: develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through
swimming greater distances. Requirements: entering deep water by stepping or jumping in from the side, front and back crawl 15 yards.

Mon., Wed., 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Tue., Thu., 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Level 5 | Stroke Refinement: coordination and refinement of strokes. Requirements: 1 minute of survival floating, treading and back floating, 25 yards of crawl, breaststroke and back crawl, and 15 yards of butterfly.

Tue., Thu., 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Level 6 | Swimming & Skill Proficiency: refine strokes so students swim them with more ease, power, and smoothness over greater distances.  Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a level 5 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 5 skills.

Tue., Thu., 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

University of Charleston Pool
2300 MacCorkle Ave
Charleston, WV

Charleston Family YMCA 304-340-3527

Contact Erin Ballard 304-767-8134

Prices Per Session
Children’s Class (1st Child) $64 Members $80 Non-Members
(2nd Child) $56 Members $70 Non-Members
(3rd or More) $48 Members $60 Non-Members

Adult Class (1st Adult) $100 Members $125 Non-Members
(2nd Adult) $92 Members $115 Non-Members

Baby Class (1st Baby) $40 Members $50 Non-Members
(2nd Baby) 32 Members $40 Non-Members

Children’s Class – Age 3 and up
Fall Session 1
Times: A) 5:45 – 6:15 B) 6:15 – 6:45 C) 6:45-7:15
August 17, 24, 26
September 7,9,14,16,21,23,28
NO CLASSES August 19, 31 September 2

Fall Session 2
September 30
October 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28
November 2

Adult Class (Age 15 and Over)
Time: 3:45 – 4:45
Fall Session 1:
August 26
September 9,16,23,30
October 7, 14, 21
November 4, 11

Baby Classes (Ages 3 months – 3 years)
Times: 5:00 – 5:30
Fall Session 1
August 26
September  9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21
November 4, 11

CLICK HERE UKV Swim Lessons Info

Child Swim Lessons

Tuesdays or Thursdays at 4 pm or 5 pm (1 Hour Class)

Ages: 1 – 15

Price: $25 members and $35 non-members for 6 weeks beginning November 5th

Call 304-981-2515 or email JWagner@ymcaofkv.org for details

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS: Private swim lessons are for anyone wanting to learn how to swim or just improve their strokes. Private lessons offer one-on-one instruction for swimmers of all ages. To register for private lessons fill out a private swim lesson information form at the Member Service Center. Following registration, an instructor will contact you to schedule yourlesson. Lessons are based on your schedule, pool schedule and instructor availability.

Contact: Morgan Neeley 304-340-3527 ext 1132

$17/30 Minutes
$21/45 Minutes
$26/60 Minutes


$24/30 Minutes
$28/45 Minutes

Current Pool Schedule

Pool Hours
Monday – Thursday: 5:30 am – 9:45 pm

Friday – 5:30 am – 7:45 pm

Saturday: 8 am – 7:45 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 7:45 pm


Swim Team is back on the hill at The Charleston Family YMCA !  Parents and prospective coaches met in July to start the process of creating a new swim team. Parents and swimmers voted on the new logo and name, “ The Kraken”. The new team will consist of swimmers from the former HYCAT swim team as well as swimmers new to the sport. The team will have dual membership, first swimming in the Southeast Ohio/ WV Swim League and then in the WV Swimming LSC as a USA Swimming team. Swimmers will be able to participate in all levels of competition; no matter what the skill level of the swimmer (we do ask that our youngest members be able to swim 25 yard freestyle, unassisted).

Practices days and time vary, depending on the level of swimmer, but will be held after school.

Head Coach, Niki Riley and the coaching staff consisting of Kristi Walter, Melissa McGlothen, and Rob St. Jean are excited to bring the swim family together in the Kanawha Valley!

Registration has begun and packets may be picked up at the YMCA or may be mailed to interested families.

Scholarships and assistance are available.

CPR and AED Certification Class
The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course covers core material such as adult and pediatric CPR (including two-rescuer scenarios and use of a bag mask), foreign-body airway obstruction and automated external defibrillation (AED). CPR and AED certifications are good for two years. Registration is required at least 2 days prior to CPR classes.

2018 Class Dates

All classes are 5:30 pm– 9:00 p.m.

Member Fee: $63 | Non-member: $85

Group Training
We can handle as few as 5 people and as many as 15 at one time. Multiple classes can be set up to accommodate large groups. Your classes are tailor made and can include any class we offer including adult, child, infant CPR, standard first aid, and AED.

The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program increases range of motion, flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health through joint protected exercise.

  • Monday, Wednesday & Fridays: 9:30 – 10:30am

Shallow water aerobics in 4-feet of water provides a cardiovascular workout while minimizing knee, ankle and hip joint stress.

  • Mondays & Wed. & Fridays: 8:30 – 9:30am
  • Mondays & Wednesdays: 5:30 – 6:30pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:30 – 10:30am

Also known as “Water Walking,” deep water patrons experience a non-impact, muscle toning workout.

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 – 9:30am

For information email Collin Meadows


Charleston Family YMCA and the Red Cross


  • Skills and knowledge to prevent & respond to aquatic emergencies
  • CPR/AED for the professional rescuer
  • First Aid
  • Two year certification


Must be 15 by last day of course attended

WHERE: Charleston Family YMCA

Cost: Skill Evaluation $5

Lifeguard Class:            Members $191  |  $255 Non-Members

Recertification Class:     Members $105  |  $ 140  Non-Members

How to Register for a Lifeguard Class

Step 1:

Attend a Skill Evaluation.  No need to sign-up in advance.

The Skills Evaluation consists of:

-300 yard swim of front crawl and/or breaststroke

-Tread water for 2 minutes using only legs

-Timed event, goggles not allowed.  Swim, surface dive to a depth of 6 feet, swim 10-15 yards along the bottom and      retrieve a 10-pound object.  Swim 20 yards with only legs and exit water without using a ladder or steps.


Step 2:

After passing the Skill Evaluation you will be given a card which allows you to register for any available lifeguard  class. To register, visit the Member Service Center and present the Skill Evaluation Card.

First come, first serve. Spots fill quickly, sign-up early.

Lifeguard Skill Evaluation

Must pass before registering for a lifeguard class.

Feb 13                      8-9pm

March 20                8-9pm

April 10                   8-9pm

April 24                   8-9pm

May 8                       8-9pm

Re-certification Classes:

Students watch videos and complete lessons online prior to in class meeting. Must sign up at least 3 days in advance to complete course work.

April 25 5-10 pm

May 15 5-10 pm

May 23 5-10 pm

Lifeguard Class Schedule

Class 2

Feb 22                      5:30-10pm

Feb 23                      5:30-10pm

Feb 24                      8:30am-6pm

Feb 25                      10:30am-6pm

Class 3

March 22                5:30-10pm

March 23                5:30-10pm

March 24                8:30am-5pm

March 25                10:30am-6pm

Class 4– Kanawha County Spring Break 

April 3 9am-6pm

April 4 9am-6pm

April 5 9am-6pm

Class 5

April 12 5:30-10 pm

April 13 5:30-10 pm

April 14 8:30 am-6 pm

April 15  10:30 am-6 pm

Class 6

April 26 5:30-10pm

April 27 5:30-10pm

April 28 8:30am-6pm

April 29 10:30am-6pm

Class 7

May 3 5:30-10pm

May 4 5:30-10pm

May 5 8:30am-6pm

May 6 10:30am-6pm

Class 8

May 10 5:30-10pm

May 11 5:30-10pm

May 12 8:30am-6pm

May 13 10:30am-6pm


Questions about our aquatics program? Call 304-340-3527, or MNeeley@ymcaofkv.org


USA Swimming Foundation