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Join the Y Lifeguard team! Being a lifeguard can be a very challenging and rewarding job. This class will certify participants in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid as well as AED. Participants must attend all classes as well as pass a final written and water test.

Class Prerequisites - All participants must be 15 years old or older before the final exam, be able to swim 300 yards continuously (using freestyle and breaststroke), recover a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool and tread water with no hands for 2 minutes.

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Private Lessons

You will receive an individualized lesson plan to help you achieve your goals by pairing you with a YMCA swim lesson instructor.  Private lessons can be scheduled year-round.  Our flexible scheduling plan allows you to do lessons with your busy schedule.  These lessons are ideal for participants who are not ready for a group lesson setting, participants with special needs, advanced swimmers, and adults.

Semi-Private Lessons

These lessons are ideal for siblings, friends, relatives, etc.  (Please note, the YMCA does not pair you with another person, you must register with them).  We do suggest that swimmers in semi-private lessons are similar in age and swimming ability to maximize the amount of hands-on instruction per swimmer. However, we can accommodate special requests. 

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Parent/Child Classes

We will introduce basic water safety to parents and provide a positive family aquatic experience.  This class focuses on exploring body position in the water, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.  We will encourage children to move purposefully in the water. For ages 6 months - 3 years.

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Group Lessons

Group lessons are for ages 3-11 years and consist of 3-6 participants. Participants learn about water safety, basic swimming competency,  and progress through levels as they develop skills and learn the four competitive strokes. We accommodate students of varying abilities while fostering a sense of achievement and self-confidence. This allows participants to move through our clearly defined stages while developing new friendships through the group atmosphere.

Preschool (ages 3-5 years) and Youth (ages 6-11 years)
Level 1 - Beginner: No experience
Level 2 - Intermediate: Comfortable putting face in the water, can swim 10ft assisted
Level 3 - Advanced: Can swim 15-20ft unassisted
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Year-Round Swim Team

2019 - 2020 registration opens july 29th

Swim Birmingham YMCA is a year-round program offering training for beginners through national level competitive swimmers.  SBY's certified coaches will work on improving your child’s swimming ability while maintaining a focus on the YMCA’s core character values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.  SBY competes in both USA Swimming meets, as well as YMCA competition.

Swimmers are organized by age and are grouped within those divisions by ability. The beginner to the most experienced swimmer will be challenged while perfecting their technique and building endurance, all while having fun!

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Summer Swim team

SBY Summer Swim Team is a fun, competitive summer league swim team for ages 5-18. Age groups are divided into 6 groups: 6 & Under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. The team encourages regular swimming to build endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Participation on the team is based on basic swimming abilities.

  • *8 & Under: swimmer must be able to swim one length (25 yards) of the pool doing freestyle and backstroke
  • *9 & Older: swimmer must be able to complete two lengths (50 yards) of the pool using both strokes

Registration opens May 1, 2019.


Masters Swim Team

Masters is for anyone who wants to improve their swimming abilities. Our goals are to have fun, improve swimming technique, learn new skills, get faster and meet people who are like-minded. We welcome all ages and abilities to our program.

For more information, contact the Aquatics Site Coordinator at each location.

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