Aquatic Programs

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!

Pool Hours

Become a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor

Play Pools Play Area

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.

Swim Lessons

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.

Swim Lesson Flyer


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.

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

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.

Each class is 30 minutes.

Time: 9AM – 6PM

Days: Monday – Thursday

How Long:  Two Week Lessons, 8 Sessions for 30 Minutes

Water Aerobics

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. It is great for any age or ability and those with joint injuries.

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

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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


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