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Rock Hill Branch YMCA

HOURS:

Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 1:00pm
Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Pool closes 15 minutes prior to the facility.

Address & Phone:

325 Rawlinson Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: 803-817-7665
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Facility Information:

» 41,000 square foot facility
» 10 lane, 25 yard x 25 meter competition pool (cool water)
» 8 lane, 25 yard warm water pool with wheelchair access ramp
» 800 square foot special events/meeting room
» Bleacher seating for 500 spectators

Recent News

Robert Hope Family Camp Weekend

Join us for a glimpse into summer camp. Enjoy activities and re-connecting at the beautiful YMCA Camp Cherokee. Families, couples, singles, supporters, and newcomers are welcome. Enjoy the summer together and become one with nature!

Click here for a family camp flyer.

 


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 Chambers
151 South Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730
803-324-9622
haliechambers@upymca.org

YMCA membership is not required!

 


Lifeguard Certification Training Course

This weekend course instructs participants in both lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer. Successful completion of this course will gain participants certification by the American Red Cross.  Registration is underway.

Maximum Enrollment: 15

Ages: 15 and up

Session Dates:
Session 1: February 17-19, 2017
Session 2: March 17-19, 2017

Session Times:
Friday- 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday- 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday- 9:00am – 6:00pm

Cost per session:
Members $200* | Nonmembers $250*

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

Click here to register

Lifeguard Re-Certification Course

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Training: Instructors will train and re-certify participants in American Red Cross Lifeguard programs which include CPR/First Aid/AED and Emergency Oxygen. Certifications can be used to work at the YMCA pools as well as other aquatic facilities. Registration for is underway.

Ages:
15 and up

Session Dates and Times:
Session 1: February 18-19, 2017 | 9:00am-6:00pm
Session 2: March 18-19, 2017 | 9:00am-6:00pm

Cost per Session:
$100 Y Members | $125 Non-members

Click here to register

Exercise Pool Changes for Swim Lessons

The Rock Hill School District Three and the YMCA share a great vision and goal of educating our children and preparing them for successful futures.  In our eyes at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center, this vision includes teaching children to swim.  It is the time of year for the Rock Hill Aquatics Center YMCA to provide free swim lessons to nearly 1800 fourth graders in the school district.  As a reminder to our members, our exercise (warm) pool will be reserved for these swim lessons Monday – Friday starting Monday, August 29 through February 2016.  The detailed exercise (warm) pool closure is listed below.  We apologize for any inconveniences, and thank you for supporting the mission of our YMCA.

January 17th – 20th 9:30 – 1:00pm

January 23rd – 26th – 9:30 – 11:00am

February 6th – 9th  – 9:30 – 11:00am

February 13th – 16th  –  9:30 – 11:00am

Water aerobics classes will still be held 11:15  – 12:15 during the week


Swim Lessons

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

Cost:
Weekday Lessons: Members $45/ Non-Members $70

Click here for our Winter Swim Lesson schedule.
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.

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.

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.

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.

Private Lessons
1- 30 minute lesson: $25  Members | $35 Non-members
4- 30 minute lesson:s $90 Members | $120 Non-members
One on one instruction at any swimming level from a qualified instructor.  Fast pace learning with significant skill improvement.

Semi Private Lessons
Member: $60.00 for 4-30 min. sessions ($30 per participant)
Non-Member: $120.00 for 4-30 min. sessions ($60 per participant)

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 instructors availability. We will contact you if there is an opening. We will not contact you if there are not any openings. Also, lessons may be available at our other branches: Rock Hill YMCA Aquatics Center, Carolina Crossing, CSD Community and Fort Mill.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides is a father/child program that provides opportunities for fathers and children to spend quality time together making memories. It is a program designed to build strong, lasting relationships by fostering understanding, companionship and a shared appreciation for outdoors.

Program Dates:
There is a tentative schedule, as Adventure Guides will meet about 5 – 6 times per year at various locations.

Registration Dates:
October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017

Cost:
$175 for Y Members and Non-members
Additional fees will be included during the bigger camping trips. This fee is intended as a sign-up fee and covering costs for smaller events.

Click here to register

RAYS Swim Team

RAYS Swim Team

The RAYS Swim Team, founded in 1988, is a widely respected year – round swim team for children ages 5 and up. We are a competitive program that is designed to meet the needs of swimmers of all levels. We are a “Y” team and a “USA Swimming ” team which means we compete in local,
regional, and national YMCA meets and in meets organized by United States Swimming. Both organizations offer swimming competitions for swimmers from the beginning level up through national competition. When a young person becomes a member of the RAYS Swim Team, he / she learns the values of sportsmanship and team work along with the YMCA core values of honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility. Swimming through the RAYS, provides physical, emotional and intellectual skills that last a lifetime. Our primary practice facility is the Rock Hill Aquatic Center located at 325 Rawlinson Rd. The Rock Hill Aquatic Center is a state of the art 10 lane , 25 yard Paddock competition pool. The RAYS Swim Team host several local, state, and regional competitions at the aquatic center.

For more information about the RAYS Swim Team, please call Head Coach Tim Conley at (803)- 817-7665, or email him at coachtim@swimrays.com, or you can visit the RAYS website at swimrays.com.


Low Impact Aquatics

Low Impact Aquatics

Ages: 15 and older

Find relief by taking this course, which puts you through specific exercises to alleviate some of the aches and pains caused by arthritis.


Aqua Aerobics

Aqua Aerobics is a wonderful class for swimmers and non swimmers of all fitness levels. If you have never exercised, have joint aches and pains, have arthritis or would love to get a great workout and mix up your usual exercise routine, we have a class for you. Aqua aerobic classes have most of the fat burning and endurance building benefits that you get from other forms of aerobic activity. An aqua aerobics class will allow you to burn between 350 and 700 calories in a one hour class due to the increased resistance to movement in the water.

Aqua aerobic benefits include :
» Great for all fitness levels
» Good for weight loss/fat burning
» Builds strength and flexibility
» Excellent cardio respiratory exercise
» Reduced impact on joints
» Tones muscles
» Improved balance and posture
» Increase flexibility, reducing capability for injury

The Aquatics center offers day and evening aqua aerobics classes as well as arthritis aquatic classes and pre natal/post natal aqua aerobics classes. Click here to view our schedules online or call 803-817-POOL (7665) for class times or information.