25 Meter Pool
25 Meter Pool – Our largest pool, features a diving board and a large deck for sunbathing. Six lap lanes are for aquatic fitness, swimming instruction, swim team, swim lessons and fun!
25 Yard Pool – Our training pool features a 4 Foot depth and 4 lap swim lanes for aquatic fitness and swimming instruction complete with a hydraulic lift chair. The training pool is excellent for those who water aerobics.
Play Pools Play Area
Water Works & Kiddie
One pool for toddlers with a water fountain and wading area, another for children under 4 feet tall with a mushroom slide, umbrella water and jet spray. Double Decker maze and slide with soft-play ball pit, picnic and playground area.
The YMCA has excellent swim programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Students benefit from close, personal attention and methods designed to effectively teach them the skills to safely enjoy water activities. All classes are divided by age and ability with a variety of classes offered both in the mornings and afternoons. Group classes maintain a low student/instructor ratio and private instruction (one student per instructor) are available.
Private Swim Lessons
Swim Starters (Stages A-B) (6 Months – 3 Year Old)
Students will be accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence- building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
A / Water Discovery Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
B / Water Exploration Focuses on exploring
body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Swim Basics (Stages 1-3)
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
* Swim, float, swim – sequencing front glide, roll, back float, and exit.
* Jump, push, turn, grab
1 / Water Acclimation Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
2 / Water Movement Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
3 / Water Stamina Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
Swim Strokes (Stages 4-6)
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
4 / Stroke Introduction Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
5 / Stroke Development Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
6 / Stroke Mechanics Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Each class is 30 minutes
Time: 9AM – 6PM
Days: Monday – Thursday
How Long: Two Week Lessons, 8 Sessions
Water Aerobics/Power H20
Ready to maximize your workout? Taught in 4 ft. of water, this aerobics class requires you to only support 10-20% of your weight. It incorporates leg and arm movements for muscle toning, strengthening and flexibility. Water aerobics builds cardiovascular stamina, strength, flexibility and burns body fat. Water aerobics can help rehabilitate and protect muscles and joints. You can expect to burnt between 300-400 calories per hour depending on your workout. It is great for any age or ability and those with joint injuries. -T. Nimmo
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 AM
Tuesday, Thursday 10:20 AM
Monday, Wednesday 6:30 PM
Aricka, Taylor, Jarrod
Safety Around Water
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure children learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.
What Is Safety Around Water (SAW)?
SAW is composed of eight 30-minute sessions to reduce the risk of drowning by giving children confidence in and around water. The program is geared for unintended entries into the water and safety. Our goal is that if a child falls in, they can swim, float swim, tread, and exit the water. The levels build on skill sequences to enable a child to help save themselves or tread/float long enough for help to arrive.
A typical Safety Around Water session includes:
- Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
- Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
- Specific safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
- Fun activities that reinforce skills
For more information, or to find out if your child is eligible, contact the Valdosta YMCA at 229.244.4646.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Among children ages 1-14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death.
You can help us prevent drowning! Our goal is to provide Safety Around Water lessons to 3,000 at-risk children in our community every year – regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Please consider making a donation to the Y’s Safety Around Water program:
- $60 to sponsor one child
- $600 to sponsor 10 children
- $1,200 to sponsor an entire classroom
Enroll in the Safety Around Water Program Today!
- Children ages 6-12 are eligible
- $60, 2 weeks, 8 30-minute sessions
- Monday – Thursday
- Stop by the YMCA to register