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

The Charleston Family YMCA swim team is now part of the Tri-County YMCA swim team! For more information, visit www.swimwild.org or contact Scott Ellis at 304-757-0016.

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.

2017 Class Dates
February 28
March 22
April 25
May 24
All classes are 6:00 – 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

How to Register

Step 1: Attend a Lifeguard Skills Evaluation.

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 15 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 6 feet, swim 10-15 yards along the bottom to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. After successful completion of a skill evaluation you will receive a program card that will allow you to register for all Lifeguard classes.

Step 2: After successfully passing the Skills Evaluation you will be given a card that will allow you to register for any of the available lifeguarding classes.

Lifeguarding Skill Evaluation- 2017

All classes 8:00-9:00 p.m. $5 fee

  • Jan. 17
  • Feb. 7
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16

Lifeguarding Classes
Member Fee: $191 | Non-Member: $255

Participants must be at least 15 years of age by the end of class.

Traditional In-Person Lifeguard Training
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to teach you the skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. This includes land and water rescue skills plus first aid and CPR. The traditional in-person class is taught entirely by classroom instruction.

New Blended Learning Online Training for Lifeguarding
The new blended learning online Lifeguarding course from the American Red Cross builds the same knowledge and skills as our traditional in person training. The online format enables teens and young adults to complete interactive lessons and activities on their own time.Instructor-led sessions reinforce learning and emphasize skill building.

Comprehensive Training
• Equivalent to the traditional in-person course; provides two-year certification that includes:

Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED
• Online lessons are completed prior to inperson training, maximizing time in water for rescue and swimming skills
• Helps ensure consistent delivery of curriculum to all participants
• Promotes a deeper understanding of core concepts, reinforced by instructor and skills practice
• Final written exam and in-water skills testing completed at the facility

Interactive and Engaging
• Online lessons allow participants to explore information and choose how content is presented
• Learning enhanced by a high level of interactive elements, including: narrative, case studies, “What Should You Do” scenarios, video, drag-and-drop matching exercises and other gaming elements that appeal to participants.

Convenient and Effective
• Modular course design lets instructors assign specific lessons in preparation for in-person skills practice.
• Participants complete online lessons at their convenience from any computer.

Lifeguard Class Schedule- 2017

Class 1

Jan 26: 5:30-10pm
Jan 27: 5:30-10pm
Jan 28:  8:30am-6pm
Jan 29:   10:30am-6pm

Class 2

Feb 23: 5:30-10pm
Feb 24: 5:30-10pm
Feb 25:  8:30am-6pm
Feb 26:  10:30am-6pm

Class 3

March 23: 5:30-10pm
March 24: 5:30-10pm
March 25:  8:30am-6pm
March 26:  10:30am-6pm

Class 4- Kanawha County Spring Break

April 11: 9am-6pm
April 12: 9am-6pm
April 13:  9am-6pm

Class 5

April 20: 5:30-10pm
April 21: 5:30-10pm
April 22: 8:30am-6pm
April 23: 10:30am-6pm

Class 6

May 4: 5:30-10pm
May 5: 5:30-10pm
May 6:  8:30am-6pm
May 7 :  10:30am-6pm

Class 7

May 18: 5:30-10pm
May 19: 5:30-10pm
May 20:  8:30am-6pm
May 21:  10:30am-6pm

Re-certification Class 

Students watch videos and complete lessons online prior to in class meeting. Participants must register at least three days in advance of the class in order to complete course work.

April 27: 5-10pm
May 10: 5-10pm
May 23: 5-10pm

What is ABC:
It’s a high-intensity, total body workout. The workout will be conducted in the water and on the pull desk. ABC will be lead by Harry Bruner Jr.—USWFA Certified Water Fitness Instructor & Lifeguard, a triathlete/extreme obstacle racer, Five Tough Mudders, Two Battlefrogs & Numerous Short Course Events with Obstacles in Rivers.
ABC is for conditioned, physically fit participants who:

  • Have at least basic swimming skills
  • Are comfortable in a large (Olympic size) outdoor pool
  • Are in good health and are willing to undergo an intense workout for one hour

GOAL: increase endurance, strength, and flexibility of all muscle groups.

WHERE: Charleston Family YMCA

WHEN: Mar. 7 – Apr. 13
Tuesday/Thursday: 6:30-7:30am
COST: members $60 | Non-members $84

Sign up online at www.ymcaofkv.org or at the YMCA front desk.
For more information call: 304.340.3527 or 304.380.2012

SUP is becoming one of the fastest growing water sports in the country. Easy to learn, this great activity stimulates the mind and body. Plus, it is an amazing full body workout.

Appalachian Boarding Company is conducting indoor stand-up paddle boarding classes at our indoor pool every Monday night. Equipment is provided.

Where: Charleston Family YMCA

When: Monday 8:00-9:30pm

Cost: Members $26 | Non-members $35

To sign up, contact Evan Young at 304-639-2955 or evan.young@appboco.com


Questions about our aquatics program? You can reach director Jason Troutwein at (304) 340-3527 x 1132, or email aquatics@ymcaofkv.org


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