Water Activities

April Showers bring May Flowers (and Thunderstorms)

Pool Severe Weather Policy:

The YMCA of the USA recommends that indoor pools be closed during a lightning storm. If lightning occurs in the area, the indoor or outdoor pool is cleared when either of the following occurs: (1) cloud-to-ground lightning is observed, and less than 30 seconds pass from seeing a flash and hearing thunder from that flash; (2) in-cloud lightning is occurring overhead. The pool can be considered safe to reoccupy 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard.


While bonding and grounding of a facility may add a level of protection, there is no way to completely reduce the risk of electrocution in an indoor pool during an electrical storm. The Ann Arbor YMCA follows a policy to evacuate the pool and other wet areas when lightning is present, threatening, or when the conditions are right. For further information on this policy, please see our website, www.annarborymca.org



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Adult classes are offered for ages 16 and up. Age exceptions can be made with permission of the Aquatics Director.

Adult I
This class is designed for new swimmers and those who wish to improve their basic swimming skills. The goals are to increase comfort level and learn/improve on basic swimming skills such as floating, front and back crawl, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.

Adult II
Designed for adults who are comfortable in the water and have some basic stroke knowledge. Students will be introduced to intermediate and advanced swimming skills.

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Private/ Semi-Private Swim Lessons are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Semi-private swim lessons are limited to two (2) participants. All lessons are 30 minutes long, and they begin and end with the session for which they were purchased.

When registration begins for classes, it also begins for Private/Semi-Private Lessons. Interested patrons should complete and/or submit a request for Private Lessons form. Please be aware that it may take up to 14 business days to schedule a lesson, and that registration ends the second week into classes. Please click the following link to submit a Request for Private/Semi-Private Lesson

Applications are not accepted over the phone. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Christina Wackenheim, Aquatics Director at 661-8050 or at cwackenheim[at] annarborymca.org    

Active Older Adults (AOA) Water Exercise (Free!)
A warm water exercise class designed to help increase range of motion and cardiovascular fitness in older adults.

Arthritis Water Exercise (Free!)
A warm water class utilizing arthritis water exercises to increase range of motion and strength.

Aqua Aerobics 1, 2, 3, 4 (Free!)
Get the perfect start to your day with this overall fitness workout that blends cardiovascular and toning moves to get you going.

50 Mile Club
Join many of our members in the challenge to swim 50 miles. Log your miles on our 50 Mile Club poster located next to the lifeguard office.

CPR/First Aid
This class will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond in an emergency situation until more advanced medical help arrives. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive certifications for CPR PR/AED, valid for one year, and for FIRST AID, valid for three years. All class sessions must be attended to receive certifications. Books and materials will be provided.

Triathlon Training Class
Get the support and guidance you need to complete the Ann Arbor YMCA Indoor Triathlon on March 17th. Each class includes Swim, Bike and Run instruction/workouts. Topics covered include Gear & Training, Nutrition, Flexibility, Strength Training & Injury Prevention. Also included in registration fee: triathlon training plan with workout suggestions. Prerequisite: participants should be able to comfortably swim 50 yards, Bike 10 minutes and walk/run 10 minutes. Schedule: Saturdays 1:30-2:45 PM, from January 19 through March 9. Location: Pool Deck

YMCA Indoor Triathlon
This is the perfect event for first-time tri-athletes or anyone looking for a challenge. Unlike a traditional triathlon where competitors swim, bike and run until they reach a set distance, our indoor triathlon has participants swim, bike and run for a 15 minutes, trying to complete the greatest distance possible during each event.  Here is a link to the brochure.

  • When: Sunday, March 17, 8:00am – 1:00pm
  • Where: Ann Arbor YMCA
  • Fee: $25 for Y members, $45 for community members, $40 per relay team

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