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Charlotte Avenue Branch YMCA


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.

Download the Indoor Pool Schedule.


Outdoor Pool Hours

Closed during the week

Saturday and Sunday
Starting August 31 | 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Starting September 1 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Weekends will continue weather permitting.

Swim Team Practice
Monday and Wednesday |  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, alternating with Fort Mill for swim meets


Lifeguard Recertification

Lifeguard Recertification

This weekend course instructs and re-certifies participants in both lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer. Successful completion of this course will gain participants certification by the American Red Cross.  Proof of current American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification needs to be sent to the YMCA one week prior.

Ages: 15 and up

Session Dates:
Session 1: March 16-March 17, 2019
Session 2: April 20-April 21, 2019
Session 3: May 18-May 19, 2019
Session 4: June 15-June 16, 2019
Session 5: July 13-July 14, 2019
Session 6: August 3-August 4, 2019
Session 7: September 14-September 15, 2019
Session 8: October 12-October 13, 2019
Session 9: November 9-November 10, 2019

Session Times:
Saturday & Sunday – 9:00am – 6:00pm

Cost per session:
Members $100 | Nonmembers $125

*$50 is non-refundable regardless of completion of course

Click here to register


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?
2019 Swim Lesson FAQs

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.

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.

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.

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:
August Monday – Thursday Classes: July 15 – August 4, 2019
August Saturday Classes: July 15 – August 9, 2019

Session Dates, Days and Times:
August Monday and Wednesday Session
August 5-28, 2019
4:30-5:00 pm | 5:15-5:45 pm | 6:00-6:30 pm

August Tuesday and Thursday Session
August 6-29, 2019
4:30-5:00 pm | 5:15-5:45 pm | 6:00-6:30 pm

August Saturday Session
August 10-31, 2019
8:15-8:45 am | 9:00-9:30 am |9:45-10:15 am | 10:30-11:00 am

August Saturday Sessions: Y Member $35 | Non-member $60
August Monday-Thursday Sessions: Y Member $50 | Non-member $85

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.


Lifeguard Course

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.

$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-March 15-March 17, 2019
Session 2-April 19-April 21, 2019
Session 3-May 17-March 19, 2019
Session 4-June 14-June 16, 2019
Session 5-July 12-July 14, 2019
Session 6-August 2-August 4, 2019
Session 7-September 13-September 15, 2019
Session 8-October 11-October 13, 2019
Session 9-November 8-November 10, 2019

Family Swim

All ages

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