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The Grand River Area Family YMCA provides a year-round aquatics program, both instructional and recreational for all ages, abilities, levels and interests. Our aquatics program lays a foundation of water skills and safety guidelines so participants can enjoy a lifetime of safe, healthy, aquatic activities. For any Aquatics questions, please call the Y at (660) 646-6677

Swim Test

Safety first! The pool is a great place to have fun and exercise, but the most important thing at the Y is your family's safety.  Helping you enjoy the water safely is our highest priority. To assure that every child is comfortable and confident in the pool, all children under the age of 15 wishing to use the deep (West) end of the pool, must pass a swim test and wear a swimming bracelet at all times.  YMCA lifeguards and/or staff members will administer swim tests and award swim bracelets to those children who are able to complete the test successfully.

  • Children under the age of 8 (0-7 years) must have a responsible adult in the water within arm’s length at all times.  Children able to pass the swim test, may enter the deep end of the pool with their swimming bracelet.  They, however, must still be within arm's length of their responsible adult. 
  • Children between the ages of 0 and 14 who are unable or unwilling to complete the swim test, must remain in the shallow (East) end of the pool and must have a responsible adult within arm's length at all times, regardless of age.  Children in the shallow end of the pool, may wear a Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device.  These items are not provided by the YMCA.
  • Children between the ages of 8 and 14 who are able to demonstrate to a YMCA lifeguard or staff member that they are comfortable in the pool by successfully completing the swim test, will be given a swimming bracelet. These swimmers may use the entire pool, and are not required to have an adult in the pool.

These guidelines and a full listing our pool rules can be downloaded here.

Swim Lessons

Our swim classes are about more than just teaching techniques, they’re about building confidence and nurturing potential, progressing with your needs and abilities, from introductory to competitive.  Click on the button below to download our swim lesson schedule and pricing list.  Swim lesson registration forms/waivers can be downloaded here.

Swim Starters - Parent & Child Lessons (Ages 6 months - 3 years) Parent will accompany child in the water. Class focuses on breathing, gliding, floating, kicks, and safety. Classes meet once a week.

Swim Basics Level 1- Water Acclimation (3 - 4 years old) Work on entering and exiting, jumping in, putting face in water, gliding, floating, and strokes.

Swim Basics Level 2 - Water Movement Work on glides, floats, back stroke, front stroke with rotary breathing, breast stroke, kicks, and sitting dive. Begin performing skills on their own.

Swim Basics Level 3 - Water Stamina Put together kicks and strokes, swim across the pool, tread water, and learn kneeling dives.

Swim Strokes - Levels 4, 5, & 6 Swim an entire lap without stopping, learn side stroke and squatting dive. Improve stroke technique, swim half mile, learn butterfly kick and standing dive.

Special Needs Swim Lessons (New) The Y is excited to be offering Special Needs Swim Lessons beginning with our Spring 2015 session. These classes meet once a week for 30 minutes.

Adult Swim Lessons (18 & Older) Whether you started learning to swim as a child but never quite mastered it, or are simply afraid of the water, we're here to help you learn to swim confidently in a supportive environment. 

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons
One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor are available beginning at age 3.  Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.  The cost per half hour is $17.50 for members / $35 for
program participants.


Competitive Swim Team (Gators Jr. and Gators)

Our Gators Swim Team is open to Y members 7 years old and older. Swim practices start in September and run through July on Mondays and Wendesdays.  Before joining the swim team, members must be proficient in all four swimming strokes - freestyle, back stroke, breast stroke, and butterfly. Click here to download a Swim Team Registration and Waiver form.


Make a Splash Local Partner Network

The Grand River Area Family YMCA is a proud member of the Make a Splash Local Partner network.  The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 750 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit