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Swim Aquatics

Swimming at the Y is about building the whole person and developing healthy habits that last a lifetime

The YMCA is the place where many people will begin their journey on becoming and staying active while developing healthy habits that will continue throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Swimming at the Y is about building the whole person, from the inside out. Complete list of Aquatic Center Rules.

Swim Lessons

Private Lessons

Please email [email protected] or call 304.340.3527 ext 1131 to be put on our wait list for private lessons. We are experiencing longer wait times due to national lifeguard shortage.

Private Lesson Pricing

Non- Members – $25.00 for 30 minutes , $50.00 for 60 minutes

Members – $20.00 for 30 minutes, $45.00 for 60 minutes

Group Lessons

Our infant & toddler lessons are a perfect introduction to water. Infants will explore water, play, learning cues, and safety skills. Toddlers will explore water, breath control, and safety skills. Learning swim skills early on can impact your child for years to come!

Participating in Parent child swim lessons can be a special bonding experience, while helping establish a healthy attitude toward the water. We use songs and games to help children feel safe while discovering the foundations of swimming.

Ages 5 and over will find the perfect level to match their skill and work to build on those skills. Participants will move up levels as they progress.

  • Level 1: Beginning swimming/safety
  • Level 2: Breath control/stroke intro
  • Level 3: Advance kicks/strokes, treading
  • Level 4: Stroke development/diving
  • Level 5: Endurance, swim team intro

Adult lessons: please contact [email protected]

Swim Team

The YMCA of Kanawha Valley Kraken Swim Team is a competitive swim program whose number one goal is to instill the enjoyment of swimming and team camaraderie in our swimmers. While having fun, kids naturally improve stroke technique, performance times and self-confidence.

The Kraken Swim Team strives to provide swimmer with opportunities to improve performance times while incorporating the basic principles of the YMCA of “For youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility.” Our swimmers practice their strokes in the pool and work on their character out of the pool. Each swimmers’ goal is taken into consideration by the coaching staff and a plan is put together to accomplish those goals.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about the Kraken Swim Team and plan to join us at the following fun activities!


Water Fitness


Water aerobics will be held:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am – 11:00 am & Tue/Thur 9am-10am.

Pool Info

As we continue to serve our community’s needs, local high schools have began using our facility for swim practice.  This will cause an adjustment to our pool schedule Monday-Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.  We will continue to reserve 2 lanes for our members and appreciate your patience while we continue to support youth development in our area.  Hours and availability are subject to change.”

“Aquatic Center Hours

Monday – Thursday: 5:00 am – 9:45pm
Friday: 5:00 am – 7:45pm
Saturday: 10:00 am -4:45pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:45pm

Please call to confirm operating hours.  Current pool schedule available here.

Lifeguard Certification

LIFEGUARD TRAINING – Blended Learning Class

  • 19 hours in person , 8 hours online blended learning
  • Skills and knowledge to prevent & respond to aquatic emergencies
  • CPR/AED for the professional rescuer
  • First Aid
  • Two-year certification

AGES Must be 15 by last day of course attended

After registering for class, you will be emailed a link to start the online portion of the class. This is a blended learning class where videos are watched online and skills are practiced in the in-person class sessions.

Skill Evaluation: 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 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object. Swim 20 yards with only legs and exit water without using a ladder or steps. PARTICIPANTS MUST PASS THE ENTIRE SKILLS EVALUATION.

Failure to attend all class dates, pass all written tests, and/or skills test will result in forfeiture of class fees. All classes are nonrefundable.

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Summer Pool Party Rental

Enjoy your next party with us at the Y! Celebrations at one of our outdoor pools.

Reserve your party online or in person at the outdoor pool where the event is to be held, during normal operation hours. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required at time of reservation to secure the date. The remaining balance is due the day of the event. Rain dates will be given at availability and only if it rains steadily for more than a half hour. No Refunds because of weather.

Coonskin Pool

You can book a regular two-hour pool party during normal operating hours and have a great time!

Daytime Pool Party  (Public)- $125 2 hour

  • 12pm-2pm
  • 3pm-5pm

35 guests are free, $1 each additional guest

Pioneer Park, East bank Pool

You can book a private two-hour pool party after the poll closes and have a great time!

Private Pool Party – $175 2 hours

  • 5:30-7:30pm

50 swimmers maximum

Shawnee Pool

You can book a regular two-hour pool party during normal operating hours and have a great time!

Daytime Pool Party (Public) – $125 2 hour

  • 12pm-2pm
  • 3pm-5pm

35 guests are free, $1 each additional guest

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