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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 are about building confidence and nurturing potential, progressing with your needs and abilities, from introductory to competitive. 

Parent/Child - Water Discovery & Exploration (Ages 6 months - 3 years)
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.

Level 1- Water Acclimation (3 - 5 years)
Increase comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Level 2 - Water Movement (5 - 6 years)
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Level 3 - Water Stamina (6 - 7 years)
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Level 4 - Stroke Introduction (7+ years)
Introduces basic technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Levels 5 & 6 - Stroke Development & Mechanics (7+ years)
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.  Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourage swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Special Needs Swim Lessons (7+ years)
Our Special Needs Swim Lesson program is specifically designed to emphasize the strengths and unique attributes of each swimmer.  Our program focuses on water safety, developing swimming skills, and is customized for each swimmer's emotional and developmental abilities.

Adult Swim Lessons (18 years & Older)
The YMCA is here to help you learn how to swim at any age! Whether you are starting from the beginning or you are looking to improve your strokes, we are here to help you learn how to swim confidently in a comfortable and supportive environment. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.  The cost per half hour is $18 for members / $36 for program participants.

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 $18 for members / $36 for program participants.



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