The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The North Central Florida YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages.
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely. This program is coming soon. For more information, click “learn more” below.
TEST. MARK. PROTECT
The North Central Florida YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable pool experience for all. All members under the age of 18 will be asked to participate in a swimming assessment and will be provided a green or orange wristband for the day. These bands assist our certified lifeguards in keeping our swimmers safe. Lifeguards will gladly conduct one swim assessment per child per day when space and staffing are available.
(All three skills must be done consecutively without resting)
Plunge: Swimmer jumps in deep end and safely returns to the surface.
Swim: Swim 15 yards to the cone and back unassisted and without resting.
Tread: Swimmer must tread water for 30 seconds while keeping their ears and face out of the water
Swimmers that pass the assessment will be provided with a green swim band and will be given access to all areas of the pool.
Non-swimmers who do not take or pass the swim assessment will be provided with an orange swim band and limited to the shallow end.
Non-swimmers who do not meet the height requirement must wear a US Coast Guard approved life vest and be accompanied in the swimming pool by an adult 18 years old or older, within arm’s reach.
The YMCA does have life vests available for use.
Non-swimmers wearing a vest must participate in a vest check conducted by the lifeguard on duty.
- Shower before swimming and after applying any sunscreen
- No diving in the shallow end
- No running on the pool deck
- No climbing on top of others
- No horseplay (throwing children)
- No hanging or playing on the pole by the stairs
- Lifeguard must approve every toy that goes into the pool
- No holding breath contests
- No chewing gum in pool
- Do not hang on to the rope or lane lines
- No jumping off the blue part of pool rim, must jump from gutter step
- When jumping off side of pool, no flips, spins, or jumping off backwards
- Children must be able to pass the swim test and be at least 9 years old or older to be left at the pool unattended
- Any child that cannot pass the swim test MUST wear a coastguard approved lifejacket and be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) IN the pool within arm’s reach
- Non-swimmers are not permitted in the deep end
- Keep food and drinks at least 15 feet away from pool
- No glass (containers or otherwise) permitted on the pool deck
- No smoking at the YMCA
- No profanity or improper behavior at the YMCA
- Safety Break (10 minutes every hour): Children under the age of 18 must be out of pool – Adult Swim only
- No animals permitted on pool deck
- No large flotation devices
- YMCA pool toys and equipment are for program use only
- Kick boards and pull-buoys are for lap swimmers only
- Stay off of racing blocks
- The lifeguard is in charge
Lap Swim Etiquette
When the pool is busy, swim lanes will be shared. If there are only 2 people, the lane can be split. If there are more than 2 people, circle swimming is the most effective way to accommodate more swimmers in a lane.
Swimmers are required to follow the circle swim pattern. The correct traffic pattern is to stay to the right; that is to swim in a counterclockwise circle in the lane.
It is the responsibility of the swimmer entering the lane to be sure that all the other swimmers in that lane are aware of his/her presence and the necessary traffic pattern. Always swim complete laps of the pool. Avoid stopping in the middle of the lane; this can interfere with the progress of other swimmers and cause collisions.
Stop only at the wall and once stopped, stay in the corner of the lane, preferably in the left hand corner (from the perspective of the approach to the wall).
Other lap swimmers need space to turn; always leave the middle 1/3 of the wall clear for turning purposes.