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


Weekly Swim Lessons (Register Online Here)

Session I: January 6 – February 23

Session II: February 12 – April 20

Member: $40/weekday session
Non-member: $60/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.

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 your
lesson. Lessons are based on your schedule, pool schedule and instructor availability.

$20/30 Minutes
$24/45 Minutes
$29/60 Minutes


$27/30 Minutes
$31/45 Minutes
$35/60 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

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.

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