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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.

Sharks Swim Team

Sharks Swim Team

The Upper Palmetto YMCA is organizing a summer swim league for members and non-members this summer. Swimmers 18 & under are encouraged to participate. This league will focus on developing quality 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 of teams from 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.

Ages: 6-18 years old

Registration Dates:
February 13-June 5, 2019

Program Dates:
May 20-June 27, 2019

Practice Days and Times:
Monday & Wednesdays | 5:30 pm  or 6:30 pm

Swim Meets Day and Time:
Thursdays, rotating between YMCA sites | 5:30-7:30 pm

Y Member $80 | Non-member $100
After School participant- Y Member $40 | Non-member $70


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

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:
Saturday Session – March 9-March 30, 2019

Session Dates, Days and Times:
Saturday Session
March 9-March 30, 2019 | Saturday
8:15-8:45 am | 9:00-9:30 am | 9:45-10:15 am |10:30-11:00 am

Y Member $35 | Non-member $60

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:
March Evening Sessions-March 4-March 27, 2019
March Saturday Sessions-March 9-March 30, 2019

Session Dates, Days and Times:
Evening Session
March 4-March 27, 2019 | Monday and Wednesday
Stage 1- 4:30-5:00 pm | Stage 2-5:15-5:45 pm | Stage 3-5:45-6:15 pm

Y Member $50 | Non-member $85

Saturday Session Dates, Day and Times:
March 9-March 30, 2019 | Saturday
Stage 1-9:45-10:15 am | Stage 2-9:00-9:30 am | Stage 3-10:30-11:00 am

Y Member $35 | Non-member $60

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:
March Evening Sessions March 4-March 27, 2019

Session Dates, Days and Times:
Evening Session
March 4-March 27, 2019 | Monday and Wednesday
Stage 1-4:30-5:00 pm | Stage 2-5:15-5:45 pm | Stage 3-5:45-6:15 pm

Y Member $50 | Non-Member $85

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 -March 9-March 30, 2019

Session Dates, Session Day and Time:
Saturday Session
March 9-March 30, 2019 | Saturday 8:15-8:45 am

Y member $35 | Non-member $60

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.


American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Course

American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Training will guide youth through the American Red Cross lifeguarding course by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. Participants will learn techniques and build stamina during this program. They will not receive a certification in lifeguarding or CPR/First Aid at the end of this course.

Ages:     11-14

Program Dates:
Week 1-June 24-June 27, 2019  (Registration February 13-June 21, 2019)
Week 2-July 15-July 19, 2019   (Registration February 13-June 21, 2019)

Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Y Members $100 | Non-Members $125

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.