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).


Coonskin Pool Hours
Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

CLICK HERE for information to rent Coonskin Pool. 

Open May 25 – 27
Closed May 28 – 31
Open June 1 – August 11

YMCA Member Lap Swim (Starts June 1, 2019)
Monday – Saturday: 8:15 am – 10 am

East Bank Pool Hours


2019 YMCA Kanawha River Swim
1.6 Mile Open Water Swim

CLICK HERE Registration Form

Pre-Registration at YMCA: $25
Day of Event: $40
 Must be 18 or older to participate
 Start at Capitol steps and end at Haddad Park
 Report time: 7:30 Start time: 8:00
 Shuttle from Haddad Park before race at 7:25 am
 Safety Boaters MUST be approved—no exceptions. Email e.brent.samples@gmail.com if interested in safety boating
 Bag Check available from start line to finish line
 Girl Scouts from Troop 31839 will be leading National Anthem before race

Charleston Family YMCA 

Session IV June 11 – July 19

Swimming Lessons for the CFY location will be:

Tuesday, Thursday

6:00-6:30 PM

6:30-7:00 PM

7:00-7:30 PM

Levels 1, 2, 3

$45 member, $55 non-member


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

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

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

No classes scheduled at this time.

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.

Contact: Cindy Hemsworth 304-340-3527

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


$24/30 Minutes
$28/45 Minutes

Adult Swim Lessons

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30  Downtown YMCA. (Quarrier Street)

Cost:  Members $45.  Non-Members $65.

Call 304-340-3527

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.

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.

Classes are complete until Fall of 2019



The YMCA of Kanawha Valley Kraken Swim Team will be hosting a “Spring Tune Up” for those swimmers participating in the Greater Kanawha Valley Swim League for Summer 2019. These are not swim lessons.

Dates for the Tune Up are:

April 28th – May 5th – May 19th

Time: 2:45-4:45 PM

$30/ swimmer per tune up date.

Limit 12 swimmers per session (swimmers may sign up for maximum 2 sessions)

Charleston Family YMCA Pool
100 YMCA Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

Parents, get in the action, too!
There will be information sessions for you as well.
Swimmer MUST be able to swim freestyle and another
stroke adequately  for 25 yards in order to participate.

Questions?  Contact Cindy Hemsworth or Niki Riley at 304-340-3527


Questions about our aquatics program? Call 304-340-3527


USA Swimming Foundation