Youth ages 8 & up may be in the pool without an adult IF they can swim without aid as determined by the lifeguard.  Their parent/guardian must be at the YMCA.  Anyone under age 8 as well as those over age 8 who require a swimming aid (as determined by the lifeguard) must be accompanied by a parent or adult age 19 or over.  The child must be within arm’s reach of the adult at all times.  The ratio of adults to children is as follows: children ages 6-8, 3 children to 1 adult; children 5 and under, 1 adult per child.

Swim Lessons

Adult & Child Lessons

Adult & Child Lessons are formatted to build the comfort level of the child around water while also continuing to grow the relationship between the adult and the child participating. This class helps to make water interaction with your young participant a positive and comfortable experience with trained instructors leading all adult/child duos. Games, songs, rhymes, and toys make this class a great introduction to being around water for younger children.

Package:    2 Saturday lessons, 30 minutes each, 10:15-10:45am

Ages:          1-3 years

Next sessions:    Session 1:   March 10 – March 17          Session 2:  March 24 – March 31                                                                     Session 3:   April 7 – 14                          Session 4:  April 21 & 28 

Price:          $10 members, $20 non-members

*Adults will be in the water with children for the duration of the class. Classes will be held on designated Saturdays.

Group Lessons

Each class will be following a set curriculum. Our instructors will be handing out report cards on the last day of classes so that you are able to see what your child is doing well on and what they might need more practice on. The goal of each class is to have top marks in all areas before moving on to the next group class level. Depending on each session’s turnout, there may be an experienced pike with new starfish participant. If your little swimmer is able to do everything in our top offered class level then a good option to consider would be private lessons.

Package:     6 lessons, Mon/Tues/Thurs, 30 minutes long, 6:00-6:30pm, 6:30-7pm

Next sessions:    Session 1:  March 5 – March 15        Session 2:  March 19 – March 2                                                                                 Session 3: April 2 – 12                       Session 4: April 16 – 26

Ages:            4-12 years

Price:            $40 members, $85 non-members

Levels:         Pike – Beginner/Intermediate and Starfish- Advanced (*Participants must receive   

                       satisfactory marks in all skills to be in Starfish class)

Participant is evaluated/placed in group based on skill level on the first day of class.

Registration forms are required to be filled out and are available at the front desk.  Click here to download a form.  Bring a towel and one-piece swimsuit, goggles are optional.  **We do not teach anyone under the age of 3 for group or private lessons.

*Please plan on being here 5 minutes before each lesson starts and being back (if your child is able to use the restroom by him or herself without assistance) 5 minutes before the lesson ends.         

Private Lessons

Each private lesson will use curriculum and instruction to help each individual swimmer to reach their desired goal. A new registration form must be filled out with every new session of private lessons upon purchase/registration. Payment takes places after an instructor makes contact. Payment must take place before the first lesson.

Package:   6 one-on-one lessons, 30 minutes each

Ages:         3 years – adult

Price:        $90 members, $115 non-members

For more information contact Andrea Wright, Aquatics Director, at or 249-2177.

Adult Aqua Fitness Classes  

Whatever your favorite workout—be it Zumba, spinning, yoga, or jogging—you can now do it in a pool near you. And it’s not just for show.  By getting your sweat on in the water, you eliminate the joint-jolting and tiring impact of many exercises while adding all-over resistance for greater strength and weight-loss gains, according to the Stockholm University College of Physical Education and Sports.  Bonus: People who do pool exercises enjoy their workouts more than those who stick to dry land, per research from Baylor University Medical Center.

Note:  Non-members use the family program participant locker rooms, not the adult member’s locker rooms.

The following classes are free for members.

Water Fitness       Mon/Wed/Sat 9:00 a.m. & Mon/Tu/ Thu 10:00 a.m.

A shallow water medium intensity workout that encompasses cardio, strength and tone movements, resistance training, and fun all in a one hour session.

Water Choice      Tues. & Thurs 9:00 a.m.

This class encompasses cardio, strength and tone movements and resistance training.  Water choice allows the participant to choose whether or not they would like to train in the shallow or deep water.  Deep water participants will also have the option to incorporate treading or treading with belt assistance to intensify shallow water movements in deep water.  The instructor will be teaching from the center of the pool to lead both shallow & deep water participants.

Silver Splash      Wed 10:00 a.m.

Silver Splash incorporates movements from Silver Sneakers classes and adds water for additional fun and fitness development. This low impact class is suitable for all fitness levels. No swimming ability is required and you do not need to get your hair wet! 

H2O Personal Training

Personal instruction is an invaluable tool for all levels and experience, and it’s the best way to address your goals and work on areas of individual interest. EVERYONE can benefit from H2O Personal Training! It’s especially beneficial for people with arthritis, joint issues, those recovering from injuries and people who require low impact rehabilitation. Click here for the individual and buddy package rates.

TYDE Swim Team      

Are your swimmers interested in swimming year-round with TYDE?  Placements are required for any new TYDE swimmers. Register here: 

Practice Groups at 12 YMCA locations throughout Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell, Strokes, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties & expanded to 4 tracks – TYDE Prep, Competitive, Performance & National.

Click here for more TYDE information.

Lexington Aquatic Park (outdoor swimming pool)

The “Lexington Aquatic Park” outdoor swimming pool, operated by the J. Smith Young YMCA, will begin operation on Memorial Day Weekend. The pool will operate weekends only until school is out, when it will begin normal operating hours. Lexington Aquatic Park has a maximum occupancy and admission will be suspended once reached. Please review Rules prior to visiting!

WHEN: May 26-May 28 / June 2-3 / June 9-10 /June 12 – Aug 18 (Tues – Sun) CLOSED MONDAYS
TIME: 1:30 pm – 6 pm 
ADMISSION:  $1 for ages 0-17, $2 for 18+
LOCATION: LEXINGTON AQUATICS PARK    207 Forest Drive  Lexington
Phone (during operating hours): 336-242-1121
For questions outside of operating hours, call J. Smith Young YMCA at 336-249-2177, or email Aquatics Director / Andrea Wright at

CPR/AED & First Aid Training for Individuals or Businesses

Get certified in American Red Cross CPR / AED and First Aid.   You can do this as an individual or as a group.  This would be a great benefit to your business and your employees!  Certification is $50 per person.

Lifeguard Training

The next session will start April 2018.  Minimum age required is 16 years old. Bring a swimsuit and towel to every class. When this course is completed you will be eligible to lifeguard at any facility. For more information contact Andrea Wright, Aquatics Director, at or 249-2177.  Click here for complete information.

Birthday Parties

This is a fun and exciting way to spend your birthday. A lifeguard is provided for you and your guests in the pool and a program room is provided for you to serve refreshments to your guests after they swim.  Both areas are available for an hour each.

Cost for members of the YMCA is $130.00, all others are $150.00 (up to 30 people).  Rate includes lifeguard, tables, and chairs.  Please call Anna Flippen, Marketing & Membership Coordinator at 249-2177 or

Storm Closing Policy

The pool will be closed during thunderstorms and for a period of 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.  This is for the safety of members and program participants.