The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg's Aquatics Program is centered on water safety, skill development and fun for everyone. At the Y, aquatics activities include swim lessons for all ages, water fitness classes, lifeguard certification classes, water safety classes, and swim team programs. We have an aquatic program for every skill level and interest. Our programs are about more than just techniques and skills; they are about building friendships, developing self-esteem and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime.
When it comes to swimming and water safety, no one is trusted more than the Y, "America's Swim Instructor". In fact, group swim instruction was developed by the Y in 1906. The Y offers a huge range of swimming options for the whole family. Swimming builds self-confidence and develops the whole person - spirit, mind and body. That's what the Y is all about! Classes are divided into ability groups and trained instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills, while guiding students with praise and encouragement. Our swim instructors are all thoroughly trained and continuously are involved in skill drills and refresher courses. (Click here to register for lessons)
Have your next birthday party at our indoor water park at the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA or in the warm water pool at the Middle Tyger YMCA with our huge inflatable lobster pool toy! Includes use of locker rooms and party room. Pre-printed party invitations available upon request! Call 864 585 0306 or 864 433 9623 for details and to make reservations. Click here for the "Tom" flyer. Click here for the Middle Tyger YMCA flyer.
This certification course is designed to give participants the skills and knowledge needed to be lifeguards in the pool. The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems, and how to take action to help those in dangerous situations. It also covers safety and survival skills which every swimmer needs to know; accident prevention, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills and first aid in aquatic environments. First to establish systematic certification in lifesaving, swimming and aquatic instruction, The Y remains the largest organization for such instruction in the nation. Rigorous YMCA training means that all YMCA aquatics instructors are qualified experts in their field who provide thousands of children each year with the highest quality aquatics education.
The Y water fitness program consists of a variety of exercise classes to meet the needs of all ages and fitness levels. Water exercise is easy to learn, safe, and low-impact to minimize muscle soreness. The natural bouyancy of the water supports joints & creates a resistant environment to work muscles. Water fitness classes are FREE to YMCA members and $10 per class for potential members. Some examples of water fitness classes are Arthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program, Active Older Adults, Water Workout, Water Walking, Silver Splash, Water Fitness, Deep Water Workout, and Water Recovery. Click below for water fitness class schedules at both branches.
The Middle Tyger YMCA is also home to the The Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club which is a year-round competitive swim team located in South Carolina’s upstate. YSSC is a program of the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. YSSC competes in both USA Swimming and YMCA sanctioned meets. YSSC offers a step by step progression for every child, no matter the ability or age, in the sport of swimming. There is over 75 years of combined coaching experience amongst the Staff that has produced South Carolina State Qualifiers & Champions, Age Group Sectional Qualifiers & Champions, Y-National Qualifiers & Champions, Junior National Qualifiers, & USA Olympic Trial Qualifiers. The YSSC Staff has a love and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming that is unmatched by any other club in the Southeast. Long term planning and goal setting are the greatest tools our staff uses to develop a lifelong love of swimming.
For more information or to schedule a placement swim for your child, please call 433-9623 and ask for a member of our coaching staff.
Congrats to our swim team! They won the state and national titles this year, and Head Coach Pete Wright was named Coach of the Year for the second time. Coach Wright and swimmer Haley Lips recently returned from Lima, Peru, where Haley earned a gold medal for her performance, and Coach Wright led the girls' team to international victory! For more details, read on!
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