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Rock Hill Aquatics Center


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.

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.

August 29th – September 1st – 9:30 – 11:00am

September 12th – 15th  – 9:30am – 1:00pm

September 19th – 22nd       9:30 – 11:00am

September 26th – 29th – 9:30 – 11am

October 3rd – 6th  –  9:30 – 1:00pm

October 11th – 14th  –  9:30 – 11:00am

October 17th – 20th –   9:30 – 11:00am

October 24th  – 27th – 9:30 – 11:00am

November 7th – 11th  – 9:30 – 11:00am

November 14th – 17th  9:30 – 1:00pm

December 5th – 8th 9:30 – 11:00am

December 12th – 15th 9:30 – 11:00am

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

Please register early as swim lessons fill-up quickly! Please check the Charlotte Avenue YMCA Branch or Fort Mill YMCA Branch for swim lesson availability if the Rock Hill Aquatics Center is full. Please note that the YMCA will be closed on September 5.

Click here for the Fall Swim Lesson Schedule

3 – 5 years old

Level 1- Orients preschool-age children to the aquatic environment and to help them acquire rudimentary level aquatic skills.
Level 2- Builds on the basic aquatic skills learned in Level 1.
Level 3- Increases proficiency and builds on the aquatic skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 by providing additional practice with increased distances and times.

Session Dates & Times:
Monday and Wednesday
5:00-5:30 pm
5:45-6:15 pm
6:30-7:00 pm

Cost per Level:
$45 Members | $ 70 Non-members

6 – 14 years old

Learn-to-Swim Level 1- Develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around water.
Learn-to-Swim Level 2- Gives participants success with fundamental skills, including learning how to float without support and recover to vertical.
Learn-to-Swim Level 3- Builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water.
Learn-to-Swim Level 4- Develops participants’ confidence in the strokes learned in Level 3 and to improve other aquatic skills.

Session Dates & Times:
Monday and Wednesday
5:00-5:30 pm
5:45-6:15 pm
6:30-7:00 pm

Cost per Level:
$45 Members | $ 70 Non-members

6 months – 2 years old

Level 1- Introduction to the water and preparation for the Learn-to-Swim courses. No prerequisites, but must be at least 6 months old to enroll. Parent or caregiver must accompany child into the water and participate in the class.

Session Dates & Times:
Monday and Wednesday
6:30-7:00 pm

Cost per Level:
$45 Members | $ 70 Non-members


Please contact the front desk for more information on private lessons

Private Lessons

One on one instruction at any swimming level from a qualified instructor. Fast pace learning with significant skill improvement.

Member: $90.00 for 4-30 minute sessions or $25 for 1-30 minute lesson
Non-Member: $120.00 for 4-30 minute sessions or $35 for 1-30 minute lesson

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)

Now Hiring at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center

The Rock Hill Aquatics Center is now hiring water safety instructors at our facility to cover morning and evening swim lessons for the summer.  Please contact Katie Wright, Program Director, at 803-817-7665 or for more information.  Positions start as soon as June 1! 





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, or you can visit the RAYS website at

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.