FALL 2022 GROUP LESSONS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION:
Parent/Child Swim Lessons are for ages 6 months to 3 years. Lessons 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.
Group Swim Lessons are designed for Preschool (ages 4-5 years) and Youth (ages 6-11 years) and consist of 3-5 per group. Participants learn about water safety and basic swimming competency then 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.
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
Fall: August 9 – November 29
Pre School (ages 4-5)
Fall: T/Th | 4-week sessions | Level 1,2 | Various times p.m.
Youth Program (ages 6-11)
Fall: T/Th | 4-week sessions | Level 1,2 | Various times p.m
Private Swim Lessons are available for youth and adults. Participants will receive an individualized lesson plan taught by a YMCA swim lesson instructor. Private lessons can be scheduled year-round. Privates are ideal for participants who are not ready for a group lesson setting, participants with special needs, advanced swimmers, and adults.
6, 30-minute lessons $150 Member | $300 Public
4, 30-minute lessons $100 Member | $200 Public (not available at all branches)
If a specific time/date is not presented during registration, once registered, the Aquatics Department will contact you to confirm your start time and date. Please allow 7-10 days to begin lessons once registered. *Please note that all no show lessons will be charged for that lesson.*
2022 – 2023 Year Round Swim Team!
REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 1st
Practice starts August 22nd
Swim Birmingham YMCA is a year-round program offering training for beginners through advanced 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!
*Please note the Minimum Requirement prior to Swim Team participation:
Tread water for 30 seconds – then swim the length of the pool unassisted (25 yards)
Questions? Contact your branch Aquatics Director:
SBY Summer Swim Team – Summer 2022!
June 1 – July 31
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.
SBY’s summer team is a member of the Jefferson Shelby Swim Council (JSSC), a summer swim league consisting of many areas member teams
*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
Planned Practice Locations:
Questions? Contact your branch Aquatics Director:
Masters Swim welcomes anyone 18 and older 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.
Workouts typically range 3000-3500 yards. Workouts are flexible, often adjusting intervals, sets, and distances to accommodate the varying abilities.
Lanes Reserved and Available at our Mountain Brook branch:
Mon – Fri: 6:30am – 8:30am
Saturday: 7:00am – 9:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
POLAR BEAR CLUB 2022
January 3rd – March 13th
The POLAR BEAR 10 Week Water Fitness Challenge is a fun, free winter fitness incentive for our lap swimmers. Every time you swim, log your yardage in the log book. Results will be posted weekly.
The world is 71% water.
Children are 100% curious.
Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills. The Greater Birmingham YMCA Safety Around Water Program is designed to engage and educate youth and parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of America’s youth access to water safety lessons.
Free service to the community supported and made possible by our generous donors and other philanthropic funding sources
5 * 30 minute group lessons
Groups split by age – catering to ages 3 through adult
Through Safety Around Water, children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. Kids will participate in 5, 30 minute group lessons throughout the course of the week. Kids and adults alike will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations, from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water in addition to the basic strokes, proper breathing, and technique.
Our Safety Around Water Program is offered at varying times throughout the year in several communities across the Birmingham Metro Area. Check back for times and dates TBA for 2022