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

Session VII: October 23 – December 17

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.

$17/30 Minutes
$21/45 Minutes


$24/30 Minutes
$28/45 Minutes

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

Saturday: 8 am – 9:45 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 9:45 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.

2017 Class Dates
September 12
October 12
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

Lifeguard classes for 2017 are complete. The 2018 schedule will be available in October. Classes run from January – June.


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


USA Swimming Foundation