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Pelham features an outdoor recreational pool with a zero entry beach area, an outdoor baby pool, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and an indoor therapy pool for class use.
Our indoor pool, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool are open Monday - Friday 5am - 8:45pm, Saturdays 8am - 5:45pm and Sundays 1pm - 5:45pm.
Starting Sunday, October 1st, the outdoor pool will be closed for the season.
It is the goal of the Birmingham YMCA to make sure that everyone who participates in our aquatics programing is safe. These Swim test guidelines are one way to help ensure our goal is met. All swim tests are conducted by the certified lifeguard on duty.
The participant must jump into the deep end of the pool, tread water for 30 seconds and swim on top of the water approximately 25 yards without stopping or touching bottom/sides of pool.
If the participant passes the test, he or she will receive a green wristband and may swim free in the pool.
If the participant does not pass the test or does not want to take the test, he or she will receive a red wristband and will need to do one of the following: the participant must wear a life jacket; or if no life jacket is worn, an adult 18 or older must be in the pool with the participant no more than an arm's length away.
All participants under 14 must follow these guidelines.
***Please note- it is the Birmingham YMCA Association's policy to only allow coastguard approved flotation devices in the pool. No inflatables of any kind allowed.
Pelham YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages and abilities. Whether your child is just learning the basics, is an expert swimmer looking for a competivie edge, or you just want them to maintain the skills they aquired over the summer, we have the lessons for them! And lessons aren't just for the kids anymore. Swimming provides an excellcent low impact workout for adults, so let us get you where you want to be!
Group Lessons are for ages 3-11 years. Group consist of 3-5 persons depending on skill level and you recieve 8/ 30 minute classes. Each month begins a new session, so hurry and sign up today!
Cost $60 YMCA Members | $100 Program Participants
Weekday Classes (Tuesday / Thursday Only)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The last Thursday before any session starts.
3-Water Stamina 6:30pm - 7:00pm (offered May only)
1-Water Acclimation 5:00pm-5:30pm (offered January - May)
2-Water Movement 5:30pm - 6:00pm (offered January - May)
3-Water Stamina 6:30pm - 7:00pm (offered May only)
Makeup lessons for group will be done on Fridays of the week that they are canceled. The YMCA reserves the right to cancel a class due to weather or pool issues. Makeup lessons will not be rescheduled due to participant absence.
Parent/Child swim lessons are for children age 6 months - 2 years. This is the perfect introduction to the water for your child and it teaches parents valuable skills on how to make the water a safe and fun place for your little one. You receive 4/ 30 minute classes. This class is offered seasonally.
You will receive an individualized lesson plan to help you achieve your goals by pairing you with a certified swim lesson instructor, and great news- we now offer more options to choose from. You can purchase individual lessons that are 30 minutes each, perfect for those who just want a few pointers or grandparents who have their grandkids in town for a limited amount of time. We also offer a package of 6 lessons to help you save on cost.
Private lessons can be scheduled year round and any day of the week. Our flexible scheduling allows you to do lessons with your busy schedule. These lessons are ideal for participants who are not ready for a group setting, participants with special needs, advanced swimmers, and adults.
The Aquatics Department will contact you to set up a start date and time. It takes approximately 7-10 days to begin lessons once registered.
Cost for Package of 6 lessons: $130 YMCA Members | $175 Program Participants
Cost of Individual lessons: $30 YMCA Members | $40 Program Participants
Semi-Private lessons give you the same great flexibility as our private lessons, but allows you to save on cost per participant. These lessons must have a minimum of 2 swimmers (The YMCA does not pair you with another person, you must register with them). The Aquatic Department will contact you to confirm start time and date, once all parties in lesson are registered. These lessons are ideal for siblings. We do suggest that swimmers in a semi-private lesson are similar in age and swimming ability to maximize the amount of hands on instructor per swimmer. However, we can accommodate special requests.
These lessons are also available in individual lessons or in a package of 6 lessons. They are offered year round and any day of the week. *Please note that the cost is per swimmer.
Cost for Package of 6 lessons: $100 YMCA Members | $140 Program Participants
Cost of Individual lessons: $20 YMCA Members | $30 Program Participants
In an effort to streamline swim lessons association wide, our group lessons are getting new names. Below you will find descriptions for our classes to help determine the appropriate level for your child to best suit their needs and ability. Still have questions? Not a problem. Contact our Aquatics Director HERE.
In class: Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. We will introduce basic water safety to parents and provide a positive family aquatic experience. This class focuses on exploring body positions in the water, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. We will encourage children to move purposefully in the water.
Skills Required: None
In class: Work on increased comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. In class: will learn to blow bubbles, put face in water, proper kicking, paddling, front and back floats with use of flotation devices.
Skills required: This class is for swimmers who can jump in on their own and swim 10 feet assisted.
In class: encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. During class will work on unassisted front and back glides and floats, treading water, rolling from front to back and back to front in the water.
Skills required: This is for swimmers who can jump in on their own and swim 5-10 yards unassisted.
In class: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous levels. During class will work on swimming on front and back, and treading water.
Skills required: For swimmers who can already swim on front and back for 15-25 yards unassisted.
In class: Introduces basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. In class will work on all competitive stroke and rescue strokes.
For information regarding our group lessons, please contact our Swim Lesson Coordinator Autumn Brown at email@example.com
SUPERSQUAD: This is an entry level non-competitive group with emphasis on proper techniques in the four competitive strokes. We put emphasis on teamwork, good sportsmanship, self-esteem and learning how to respect and get along with others.
Practice Days & Times: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s / 4:00-5:00p
Level I (COPPER): In this level, we focus on proper stroke techniques and developing stamina. We introduce small amounts of competition.
Level II (BRONZE): In this level, swimmers are ready for small amounts of competition. Bronze swimmers are still working on the four competitive strokes. Competition is encouraged along with good sportsmanship, team work, self-esteem and respect.
Practice Days & Times: Monday’s, Tuesday’s, and Thursday’s / 4:00-5:00p
Level III (SILVER): This is a more advanced level with emphasis on training principles. This group will enable the swimmers to meet new challenges and set new goals. They group will incorporate limited dry-land exercises.
Practice Days & Times: Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s / 5:00-6:00p
Junior I (GOLD): This level is an environment for committed and motivated young swimmers who desire to set goals and work toward the highest High School State level, Southeastern Level and National Age Group Level standards. The training in this level is advanced.
Practice Days and Times: Monday thru Friday / 4:00-6:00p
Swimmers new to the team will need to be evaluated for proper placement. All current swimmers will be notified the last week of practice if they are moving up a level. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to set up a time for evaluations.
SBY team suits are encouraged, but not mandatory. They can be purchased from the All American Swim Supply online at www.allamericanswim.com. Go to the team store portal, and enter the SBY team code: SBY23
Quickstart: A basic equipment orientation with one of our Health Coaches. Member needs to plan on wearing active wear and should bring a water bottle. This appointment is free to members and typically last an hour.
The Next Step: A more detailed appointment with a Personal Trainer.
Personal Training: One-on-one or Buddy sessions that are created to meet your specific health and fitness needs, while reaching your exercise goals. All YMCA Personal Trainers are certified and qualified to train clients at any fitness level. Anyone can benefit from the support, motivation, and expertise of a personal trainer at the YMCA.
Group Exercise: The YMCA offers group exercise classes throughout the week to help members meet their fitness goals while bringing the members together to build a healthier community.
Personal Training will benefit members of all fitness levels. Whether you need to get your program started, or take your fitness to the next level, our experienced certified personal trainers will assist you in developing a fitness program to match your goals and help you to remain motivated and accountable while achieving them. One-on-One Sessions come in 30 or 60 minute options.
Buddy Training combines the benefits of providing a workout partner who has the same goals and/or training experience, with the expertise and program design of a certified personal trainer. These sessions are offered at a reduced rate per session, and at your request, we can match you with a compatible client with whom to share your session time.
FREE with your YMCA Membership
Step 1. FREE Health Coaching Session consists of an Initial Assessment, Goal Setting, and an Orientation to what the YMCA has to offer by a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Step 2. Follow up #2 Appointment assesses the progress you are making and helps you overcome obstacles or questions you have in reaching your goals.
Step 3. Follow up #3 Appointment evaluates your progress and sends you on your path of Healthy Living, Community and Success.
I believe that for any goal to be achieved we have to build a strong base first, master the basics. My main focus is to motivate, encourage, and inspire you to reach and surpass your goals.
MISSION: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
VISION: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.
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