FREE Group Swim Lessons

FREE Group Swim Lessons

The YMCA of Southern West Virginia has announced that it will be offering FREE group swim lessons for the remainder of 2024. Thanks to the successful fundraising for the Spirit of Beckley and a grant from YMCA of the USA, the organization‘s progressive swim lesson program will be available at no cost to its members and the community through December 31, 2024.


The Y offers a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate swim program that teaches you how to skillfully and safely think and act in, on, and around water. Group swim lessons are separated by age and skill level and offered on a monthly basis. Each session includes six 30-minute lessons.


Swim Lessons Check-in

  • Please enter through the front entrance of the building to gain access to the pool deck.
  • Please sign-in your child at the Front Desk.
  • Arrive with your children dressed to swim. Locker rooms are conveniently located on the same floor as the pool.
  • Pre-K & School Age:
    • Please wait on the Observation Deck for the Swim Instructors to come for your child. Class will begin promptly at the designated time.
    • Parents – Please observe your child during the class from the Observation Deck. Parents are prohibited from sitting on the pool deck during group swim lessons.  

Preparing for my Swim Lessons

  • Please bring your own towel. We do not have access to the towels for participants.
  • We encourage children to be comfortable opening their eyes in the pool without goggles. We will use goggles in more advanced classes. You can bring goggles but they may not be utilized.
  • Each child must have only one parent or guardian in the water during the Parent & Child class.
  • Children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers with a plastic pant that is fitted at the legs and waist.
  • Swimmers must exit the pool immediately following their lesson.
  • No sick or ill people will be allowed in our natatorium.

Swim Lessons Progress 

Information regarding the progress of your child can be discussed with the Aquatics Director at any time. Our training design utilizes a continuum for each level to follow so that every swimmer progresses.

Click Here to view Infant/Toddler & Preschool Skill Continuum

Click Here to view School Age Skill Continuum


Registration Dates & Session Times

Session 1 will occur on Monday & Thursday evenings for three weeks. Session 2 will occur on Tuesday & Friday evenings for three weeks. Please use caution when registering for a specific session. We are unable to transfer you to another session.


Cancellation Policy
In the event of inclement weather, please do not assume your class is cancelled. We typically will not cancel a class until 20 minutes before the start time. We also do not cancel all classes for an evening unless necessary. If your lesson has been cancelled, you will receive an email. Please make sure your phone number & email stays updated in our system. We guarantee six swim lessons. Classes that have met for a minimum of 15 minutes will not be rescheduled. We do not offer make up swim lessons if the participant has a conflict. Any make up provided by the YMCA will be communicated via email. Policy requires that we close our pools for 30 minutes after each sign of lighting or thunder.

Failure to attend four of the six lessons could result in the inability to register for future free group swim lessons.


Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Aquatics Director, Cat Gunther, at [email protected].

Programs and Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Management may issue a partial credit to use at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.  Program staff will determine whether a full or partial credit will be given based on the date and reason of the request. No credits will be issued after the start date of any program.

Parent & Child: Swim Starters

All Locations
7/8/24 - 12/20/24
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One parent per child must be in the pool for each lesson.


Parent & Child Progressive Levels:

Level A: Water Discovery is your first opportunity to expose your infant or toddler to the wonderful world of water fun & safety. The focus for this class is to ensure your baby’s first swim experience is a positive one by guiding both parent and child in basic water orientation.

Level B: Water Exploration continues the learning process for basic water safety while practicing basic swimming skills and breath control at a higher level of independence.


Parent & Child classes start at Level A and progress to Level B when the child masters Level A. 


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
July Early Registration (Members) 6/10/24 6/16/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
July Registration 6/17/24 7/7/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
August Early Registration (Members) 7/8/24 7/14/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
August Registration 7/15/24 8/4/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
September Early Registration (Members) 8/5/24 8/11/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
September Registration 8/12/24 9/8/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
October Early Registration (Members) 9/9/24 9/15/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
October Registration 9/16/24 10/6/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
November Early Registration (Members) 10/7/24 10/13/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
November Registration 10/14/24 11/3/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
December Early Registration (Members) 11/4/24 11/10/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
December Registration 11/11/24 12/1/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00

Available Sessions

Date(s)
07/08/24 - 07/25/24
Mo,Th - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
08/05/24 - 08/22/24
Mo,Th - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
08/06/24 - 08/23/24
Tu,Fr - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
09/09/24 - 09/26/24
Mo,Th - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
09/10/24 - 09/27/24
Tu,Fr - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
10/07/24 - 10/24/24
Mo,Th - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
10/08/24 - 10/25/24
Tu,Fr - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
11/04/24 - 11/21/24
Mo,Th - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
11/05/24 - 11/22/24
Tu,Fr - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
12/02/24 - 12/19/24
Mo,Th - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024
12/03/24 - 12/20/24
Tu,Fr - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024

Preschool (Ages 3 - 5): Swim Basics

All Locations
7/8/24 - 12/20/24
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Please wait on the Observation Deck for the Swim Instructors to come for your child. Class will begin promptly at the designated time. Please observe the class from the Observation Deck. Parents are prohibited from sitting on the pool deck during lesson time. 


Preschool Progressive Levels:

Level 1: Water Acclimation increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Level 2: Water Movement encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Level 3: Water Stamina develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.


Preschool classes start at Level 1 and progress to Level 3 when the child masters the previous Level.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
July Early Registration (Members) 6/10/24 6/16/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
July Registration 6/17/24 7/7/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
August Early Registration (Members) 7/8/24 7/14/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
August Registration 7/15/24 8/4/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
September Early Registration (Members) 8/5/24 8/11/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
September Registration 8/12/24 9/8/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
October Early Registration (Members) 9/9/24 9/15/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
October Registration 9/16/24 10/6/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
November Early Registration (Members) 10/7/24 10/13/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
November Registration 10/14/24 11/3/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
December Early Registration (Members) 11/4/24 11/10/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
December Registration 11/11/24 12/1/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00

Available Sessions

Date(s)
07/08/24 - 07/25/24
Session 1 - Mo,Th - 4:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
07/08/24 - 07/25/24
Session 1 - Mo,Th - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
07/09/24 - 07/26/24
Session 2 - Tu,Fr - 4:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/08/2024
07/09/24 - 07/26/24
Session 2 - Tu,Fr - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/08/2024
08/05/24 - 08/22/24
Mo,Th - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
08/06/24 - 08/23/24
Tu,Fr - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
09/09/24 - 09/26/24
Mo,Th - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
09/10/24 - 09/27/24
Tu,Fr - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
10/07/24 - 10/24/24
Mo,Th - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
10/08/24 - 10/25/24
Tu,Fr - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
11/04/24 - 11/21/24
Mo,Th - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
11/05/24 - 11/22/24
Tu,Fr - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
12/02/24 - 12/19/24
Mo,Th - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024
12/03/24 - 12/20/24
Tu,Fr - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024

School Age (Ages 6 - 12): Swim Basics

All Locations
7/8/24 - 12/20/24
VIEW

Please wait on the Observation Deck for the Swim Instructors to come for your child. Class will begin promptly at the designated time. Please observe the class from the Observation Deck. Parents are prohibited from sitting on the pool deck during lesson time. 


School Age: Swim Basics Progressive Levels:

Level 1: Water Acclimation increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Level 2: Water Movement encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Level 3: Water Stamina develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.


School Age: Swim Basics start at Level 1 and progress to Level 3 when the child masters the previous Level. 


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
July Early Registration (Members) 6/10/24 6/16/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
July Registration 6/17/24 7/7/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
August Early Registration (Members) 7/8/24 7/14/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
August Registration 7/15/24 8/4/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
September Early Registration (Members) 8/5/24 8/11/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
September Registration 8/12/24 9/8/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
October Early Registration (Members) 9/9/24 9/15/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
October Registration 9/16/24 10/6/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
November Early Registration (Members) 10/7/24 10/13/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
November Registration 10/14/24 11/3/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
December Early Registration (Members) 11/4/24 11/10/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
December Registration 11/11/24 12/1/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00

Available Sessions

Date(s)
07/08/24 - 07/25/24
Session 1 - Mo,Th - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
07/09/24 - 07/26/24
Session 2 - Tu,Fr - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
07/09/24 - 07/26/24
Session 2 - Tu,Fr - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
08/05/24 - 08/22/24
Mo,Th - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
08/06/24 - 08/23/24
Tu,Fr - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
09/09/24 - 09/26/24
Mo,Th - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
09/10/24 - 09/27/24
Tu,Fr - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
10/07/24 - 10/24/24
Mo,Th - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
10/08/24 - 10/25/24
Tu,Fr - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
11/04/24 - 11/21/24
Mo,Th - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
11/05/24 - 11/22/24
Tu,Fr - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
12/02/24 - 12/19/24
Mo,Th - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024
12/03/24 - 12/20/24
Tu,Fr - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024

School Age (Ages 6 - 12): Swim Strokes

All Locations
7/8/24 - 12/20/24
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Students must be able to swim 12.5 meters (half the length of the YMCA pool) unassisted.

Please wait on the Observation Deck for the Swim Instructors to come for your child. Class will begin promptly at the designated time. Please observe the class from the Observation Deck. Parents are prohibited from sitting on the pool deck during lesson time. 


School Age: Swim Strokes Progressive Levels:

Level 4: Stroke Introduction introduces basic stroke technique in freestyle and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Level 5: Stroke Development introduces breaststroke and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

Level 6: Stroke Mechanics refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.


School Age: Swim Strokes start at Level 3 and progress to Level 6 when the child masters the previous Level. 


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
July Early Registration (Members) 6/10/24 6/16/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
July Registration 6/17/24 7/7/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
August Early Registration (Members) 7/8/24 7/14/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
August Registration 7/15/24 8/4/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
September Early Registration (Members) 8/5/24 8/11/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
September Registration 8/12/24 9/8/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
October Early Registration (Members) 9/9/24 9/15/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
October Registration 9/16/24 10/6/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
November Early Registration (Members) 10/7/24 10/13/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
November Registration 10/14/24 11/3/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00
December Early Registration (Members) 11/4/24 11/10/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-
December Registration 11/11/24 12/1/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00$ 0.00

Available Sessions

Date(s)
07/08/24 - 07/25/24
Session 1 - Mo,Th - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
07/09/24 - 07/26/24
Session 2 - Tu,Fr - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
Closed on
07/07/2024
08/05/24 - 08/22/24
Mo,Th - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
08/06/24 - 08/23/24
Tu,Fr - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Register  
Closes
08/04/2024
09/09/24 - 09/26/24
Mo,Th - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
09/10/24 - 09/27/24
Tu,Fr - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
08/05/2024
10/07/24 - 10/24/24
Mo,Th - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
10/08/24 - 10/25/24
Tu,Fr - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
09/09/2024
11/04/24 - 11/21/24
Mo,Th - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
11/05/24 - 11/22/24
Tu,Fr - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
10/07/2024
12/02/24 - 12/19/24
Mo,Th - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024
12/03/24 - 12/20/24
Tu,Fr - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
Registration
will open on
11/04/2024