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Chester County Branch YMCA

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 5:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday– 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday – 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Address & Phone:

157 Columbia Street
Chester, SC 29706
Phone: 803-581-9622
Fax: 803-385-3684
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Facility Information:

» Indoor Pool
» Magnum Weight Equipment
» Treadmills
» Recumbent Bikes
» Elliptical Cross Trainers
» Free Weights
» Group Fitness Classes
» Locker Rooms
» Free Childwatch
» Gymnasium
» Playground
» Family Game Room

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Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

We offer swim lessons in monthly sessions. Each session includes 8 lessons (twice a week).

Cost:
Weekday Lessons: Members $45/ Non-Members $60

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

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:
Spring Session-March 8-May 1, 2018
Summer Sessions-May 1-August 20, 2018

Session Dates:
April Session-April 3-April 26, 2018
May Session-May 3-May 28, 2018
Summer Session 1-June 4-June 14, 2018
Summer Session 2-June 18-June 28, 2018
Summer Session 3-July 9-July 19, 2018
Summer Session 4-July 23-August 2, 2018
Summer Session 5-August 6-August 16, 2018
Summer Session 6-August 20-August 30, 2018

Session Days and Times:
April-Tuesday and Thursday   4:30-5:00 pm
May-Tuesday and Thursday    4:30-5:00 pm
Summer Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6-Monday-Thursday   4:30-5:00 pm

Cost:
Y Member $45 | Non-member $60

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 Date:
Spring Session-March 8-May 1, 2018
Summer Sessions-May 1-August 20, 2018

Session Dates:
April- Session-April 3-April 26, 2018
May-Session-May 3-May 28, 2018
Summer Session 1-June 4-June 14, 2018
Summer Session 2-June 18-June 28, 2018
Summer Session 3-July 9-July 19, 2018
Summer Session 4-July 23-August 2, 2018
Summer Session 5-August 6-August 16, 2018
Summer Session 6-August 20-August 30, 2018

Session Days and Times:
April-Tuesdays and Thursdays    5:35-6:10 pm
May-Tuesdays and Thursdays     5:35-6:10 pm
Summer Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6-Monday-Thursday  5:35-6:10 pm

Cost:
Y Member $45 | Non-member $60

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 Date:
Spring Session-March 8-May 1, 2018
Summer Sessions-May 1-August 20, 2018

Session Dates:
April Session-April 3-April 26, 2018
May Session-May 3-May 28, 2018
Summer Session 1-June 4-June 14, 2018
Summer Session 2-June 18-June 28, 2018
Summer Session 3-July 9-July 19, 2018
Summer Session 4-July 23-August 2, 2018
Summer Session 5-August 6-August 16, 2018
Summer Session 6-August 20-August 30, 2018

Session Days and Times:
April-Tuesdays and Thursdays    5:35-6:10 pm
May-Tuesdays and Thursdays     5:35-6:10 pm
Summer Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 -Monday-Thursday   5:35-6:10 pm

Cost:
Y Member $45 | Non-member $60

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:
Spring Session-March 8-May 1, 2018
Summer Sessions-May 1-August 20, 2018

Session Dates:
April Session-April 3-April 26, 2018
May Session-May 3-May 28, 2018
Summer Session 1-June 4-June 14, 2018
Summer Session 2-June 18-June 28, 2018
Summer Session 3-July 9-July 19, 2018
Summer Session 4-July 23-August 2, 2018
Summer Session 5-August 6-August 16, 2018
Summer Session 6-August 20-August 30, 2018

Session Days and Times:
April-Tuesday and Thursday        7:00-7:35 pm
May- Tuesday and Thursday        7:00-7:35 pm
Summer Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6-Monday-Thursday   7:00-7:35 pm

Cost:
Y Member $45 | Non-member $60

Private Lessons
One on one instruction at any swimming level from a qualified instructor.  Fast pace learning with significant skill improvement.
Cost:
1- 30 minute lesson: $25  Members | $30 Non-members
4- 30 minute lesson:s $80 Members | $100 Non-members


YMCA Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides is a father/child program that provides opportunities for fathers and children to spend quality time together making memories. The program is designed to build strong lasting relationships by understanding companionship and a shared appreciation for the outdoors. Fall and spring trips are included. Click here for our brochure.

Cost:
$109 per adult | $99 per child
All other events are optional and will require a separate registration.
Additional fees will include camping materials and food during camping trips. YMCA Camp Cherokee will provide meals during the Fall and Spring Longhouse events.

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Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year, community-based program where participants work in small groups with a trained Lifestyle Coach in a relaxed, classroom setting. In 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives. Participants will get the hands-on support they need from Lifestyle Coaches trained on a CDC-approved curriculum that is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

“…programs like YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in individuals over age 60.” – research from the National Institutes of Health

Program Details:
The program emphasizes two primary goals for the first half of the program: reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week. To sign up, participants must be:

For more information, please contact:
Halie Patterson
151 South Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730
803-324-9622
haliepatterson@upymca.org

YMCA membership is not required!

 


Race for Chase Triathlon Training Program

The CMAK Foundation has collaborated with the YMCA to sponsor the Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon in memoriam of Chase Kowalski, the students, and educators of the Sandy Hook tragedy. This six week summer program aims to keep Chase’s energetic spirit alive by inspiring athleticism within children, ages 6 to 12, and providing them with a safe, healthy, non-competitive environment to develop a new love for the sport of triathlon. All athletes are instructed in swimming, biking, and running, and are also taught the fundamentals of good nutrition and flexibility. At the end of program, all of the athletes in each community compete in a short-course USAT-sanctioned youth triathlon race.

This will be an application process, you are not guaranteed a spot. Those chosen will be notified from May 1-May 5, 2018. If you are selected you must be willing to participate in the training and the race.

*All sites will hold a parent meeting on May 17, 2018.

Check out this video to see what it is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1y5PucfcO8

Ages: 6 – 12

Training Dates: June 11 – July 28, 2018

Training Times, Days and Location:
Boys and Girls Ages 6-12 9:00 am -12:00 pm, Monday-Friday June 11-July 28, 2018-Fort Mill YMCA
Boys and Girls Ages 6-12 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday-Friday June 11-July 28, 2018- Rock Hill Aquatic Center
Boys and Girls Ages 6-12 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday-Friday June 11-July 28, 2018-York | Carolina Crossing
Boys and Girls Ages 6-12 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday-Friday June 11-July 28, 2018-Charlotte Avenue
Boys and Girls Ages 6-12 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday-Friday June 11-July 28, 2018-Clover Community
*No training the week of July 4, 2018.

Training Sites:

Charlotte Avenue YMCA
402 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Chester County YMCA
157 Columbia Street
Clover, SC 29706

CSD Community YMCA
5485 Charlotte Highway
Clover, SC 29710

Fort Mill YMCA
857 Promenade Walk
Fort Mill, SC 29708

YMCA Aquatics Center
325 Rawlinson Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Race Day:
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Race Location:
CSD Community YMCA