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Charlotte Avenue Branch YMCA

Aquatics

The Charlotte Avenue Branch YMCA features an outdoor pool and a heated indoor pool. The outdoor pool has 3 water slides and is open during the summer.

Outdoor Pool Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 2:00-8:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00-5:00 pm

Download the Indoor Pool Schedule.


Swim Lessons

We offer swim lessons in monthly sessions. Each session includes 8 lessons (twice a week). We also offer a Saturday morning session which includes 8 lessons over  8 weeks.

Click here for our program overview.
What is the best swim lesson level for my child?
2018 Swim Lesson FAQs

Parent-Child
6 months – 3 years old
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Registration Date:
Morning I-May 7-July 6, 2018
Morning II-May 7-July 20, 2018
Saturday Session-May 7-July 13, 2018

Session Dates, Days and Times:
Morning I
July 9-July 19, 2018, Monday-Thursday
Stage 1 – 9:45-10:15 am | Stage 2 – 9:00 – 9:30 am | Stage 3 10:30 – 11:00 am
Morning II
July 23-August 2, 2018, Monday-Thursday
Stage 1 – 9:45-10:15 am | Stage 2 – 9:00 – 9:30 am | Stage 3 10:30 – 11:00 am
Saturday Session
July 14-August 4, 2018, Saturday
Stage 1 – 10:30-11:00 am | Stage 2 – 8:15 – 8:45 am | Stage 3 9:45 – 10:15 am |
Stage 4 9:00 – 9:30 am

Cost:
Morning I & II:
Y Member $45 | Non-members $70
Saturday:
Y Member $30 | Non-member $45

Preschool
3-5 years old
In this swim basics program, preschoolers learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills—swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab. Through multiple sessions, children may progress to water movement, water stamina and stroke introduction.

Registration Dates:
Evening Session-May 7- July 6, 2018
Morning Session I-May 7-July 6, 2018
Morning Session II -May 7-July 20, 2018
Saturday Session-May 7-July 13, 2018

Session Dates, Session Days and Times:
Evening Session
July 9-August 1, 2018, Monday and Wednesday
Stage 1- 4:30-5:00 pm | Stage 2-5:15-5:45 pm | Stage 3-6:00-6:30 pm
Morning Session I
July 9-July 19, 2018, Monday-Thursday
Stage 1-9:00-9:30 am | Stage 2-10:30-11:00 am | Stage 3- 9:45-10:15 am
Morning Session II
July 23-August 2, 2018, Monday-Thursday
Stage 1-9:00-9:30 am | Stage 2-10:30-11:00 am | Stage 3- 9:45-10:15 am
Saturday Session
July 14-August 4, 2018
Stage 1-9:45-10:15 am | Stage 2-9:00-9:30 am | Stage 3-10:30-11:00 am

Cost:
Y Member $45 | Non-member $70

Youth
6-12 years old
In this program, children may begin at any of the six stages in our swim program: water acclimation to stroke mechanics. The YMCA aquatics director can help determine the appropriate level. For more information about the various levels, click on the program overview link above.

Registration Dates:
Evening Session-May 7- July 6, 2018

Session Dates, Days and Times:
Evening Session

July 9-August 1, 2018, Monday and Wednesday
Stage 1-4:30-5:00 pm | Stage 2-5:15-5:45 pm | Stage 3-6:00-6:30 pm
Saturday Session
June 9-June 30, 2018, Saturday
Stage 1-10:30-11:00 am | Stage 2-8:15-8:45 am | Stage 3-9:45-10:15 am

Cost:
Y Member $45 | Non-Member $70

Adult
13 years & older
Adult lessons help those who have an acute fear of the water up to those that need advanced stroke development. The course is fun and low key, with the participant setting the pace of the course. Participants may begin at any of the six stages in our swim program: water acclimation to stroke mechanics.

Registration Date:
Saturday Session- May 7-July 13, 2018

Session Dates, Session Day and Time:
July 14-August 4, 2018, Saturday, 8:15-8:45 am 

Cost:
Y member $30 | Non-member $45

Please Note: While classes fill quickly, we strive to meet the needs of all our participants. If a class is full, please put your name and phone number on our waiting list, as we add classes each session based upon need, pool space, and instructor availability. We will contact you if there is an opening. Also, lessons may be available at our other branches: Rock Hill YMCA Aquatics Center, YMCA at Carolina Crossing, CSD Community YMCA and the Charlotte Avenue YMCA.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Lifeguard Course

Ages: 15+

This is a 3 day course to certify lifeguards. Applicant must be able to swim a 300m, swim a 25m, and retrieve a 10lb. brick off the bottom of the pool and swim back with the brick.

Lifeguard Flyer 2018

Cost:
$200 Member | $250 Non-members

Sessions Days and Times: 
Friday, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, 9:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00- 6:00 pm

Sessions and Dates:
Session 1- January 5-January 7, 2018
Session 2-February 9-February 11, 2018
Session 3-March 9-March 11, 2018
Session 4-April 6-April 8, 2018
Session 5-May 25-May 27, 2018
Session 6-June 8-June 10, 2018
Session 7-July 13-July 15, 2018
Session 8-August 3-August 5, 2018

Lifeguards will have the opportunity to keep their certifications current by attending a re-certification class.

Re-certification Sessions and Dates:
Session 1-January 6-January 7,  2018
Session 2-February 10-February 11, 2018
Session 3-March 10-March 11, 2018
Session 4-April 7-April 8, 2018
Session 5-May 26-May 27, 2018
Session 6-June 9-June 10, 2018
Session 7-July 14-July 15, 2018
Session 8-August 4-August 5, 2018 

Session Times:
Saturday   9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday     9:00 am-6:00 pm

Cost:
$100 Member | $125 Non-members

Click Here to Register

Summer Swim League

Summer Swim League

Ages: 6-18

The YMCA is organizing a summer swim league for members and non-members this summer. Swimmers 18 and under are encouraged to participate. This league will focus on developing stroke technique, participation, and FUNdamentals. Swimmers will participate in practices 2 days a week and will have a meet once per week. Divisions will be based on age: 8 & under, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & up. The swimmer’s age as of June 1 will determine their age division for the season. Invitational meets will be held in June with a league championship in late June. The league will be comprised on teams form the Charlotte Avenue YMCA and Fort Mill YMCA. Each team will host meets and travel to other sites to compete. This league is designed for developing athletes. *Swimmers who are over 13 years old holding a year round USA Swimming Card and having achieved a USA Swimming “A” time are not eligible to participate.

Session Dates:
May 21-June 28, 2018

Practice Days and Times:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 pm

Cost:
Y Members $80 | Non-members $100
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Family Swim

All ages

Family Swim offers a special time for families to enjoy the pool. A parent must accompany children.