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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 top priority. To assure that every child is comfortable and confident in the pool, all children under the age of 15 must wear a swimming bracelet at all times.  Lifeguards will assign swimming bracelets according to the following guidelines.

PURPLE - Children under the age of 8 (0-7 years) must have a responsible adult in the water within arm’s length at all times.  They must wear a purple swimming bracelet, and they must stay in the shallow (East) end of the pool.  They may wear a Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device.  The YMCA does not provide life jackets or PFDs.

RED - Children between the ages of 8 and 14 who are unable or unwilling to complete the Deep End Swim Test, must wear a red swimming bracelet and must remain in the shallow (East) end of the pool at all times.

GREEN - Children between the ages of 8 and 14 who are able to demonstrate to a lifeguard that they are comfortable in the pool by jumping into the deep end and swimming a full lap (down and back) of the pool will be given a green swimming bracelet that must be worn at all times. These swimmers may use the entire 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.

Parent and Child (Age 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.

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

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

Level 3 Put together kicks and strokes, swim across the pool, tread water, and learn kneeling dives.

Level 4 Swim an entire lap without stopping, learn side stroke and squatting dive.

Level 5 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.

Private and 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