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Commonly Asked Questions about Swimming

Can I sit on the pool deck while my children swim?

According to our age guidelines, anyone 13 years old or younger must be accompanied by a Supervising Individual age 14 and older at all times.

For safety reasons, we ask that any swimmers who are 13 years old or younger pass a brief swim test. A test won't be required if the child or teen will be within arm’s reach of someone 14 years old or older for the entirety of the time they are in the water.

If the child or teen passes our swim test you do not need to be in the water with them and can sit on the pool deck while they swim. We ask that you stay on the pool deck during while the child or teen is in the water. If the child or teen does not pass our swim test, you do need to be in the water with them.

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If I have a child that doesn’t want to swim, can they sit on the pool deck?

We will have designated seating for members who want to take a break from swimming. If members are not in the pool, they should be seated in their designated area and continue to abide by pool rules and appropriately supervised.

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May I bring my own equipment or floatation device?

In order to reduce touchpoints, goggles, kickboards, fins, belts, noodles, and other equipment are NOT currently available. Please plan to bring these from home if you need them.

We invite you to bring your own Personal Floatation Device for all non-swimmers who cannot pass the YMCA’s swim test. All Personal Floatation Devices must be Coast Guard-approved and adults must always be within an arm’s reach. We do not allow for any type of air-filled floatation devices.

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What does the YMCA’s Swim Test consist of?

For safety reasons, we ask that any swimmers who are 13 years old or younger pass a brief swim test. The test consists of:

  • Deep water plunge with head going below the surface of the water
  • Surface and swim 25 yards without resting or stopping
  • 30-second tread or float

A test won't be required if the child or teen will be within arm’s reach of someone 14 years old or older for the entirety of the time they are in the water.

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Can my child lap swim?

Children and teens who are 10-13 years old may swim with a Supervising Adult present. All children and teens in this age range must pass a swim test in order to participate. Teens 14 years old and older do not need a Supervising Adult to lap swim. Read our full policy >

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Private Swim Lessons

Refine your stroke, practice your breathing rhythm, or elevate your turns with private swim lessons. Instructors teach from the pool edge, so participants must be able to swim 25 yards unsupported.

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We've made it easier than ever to find member and account information with our new Support Center. Find instructions for managing your account, easy access to request forms, and a complete list of our policies all in one place.

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