Aquatics Information


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Mattoon Area Family YMCA pool rules.

The Y has been teaching people to swim for more than a century. In YMCA aquatics programs children learn to be safe around water and gain the confidence that comes with learning something new. But our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction – we also provide recreational, competitive, fitness, and specialty aquatic programs for all ages and abilities.  Swimming is an activity you can enjoy your whole life. Let the Y help your family discover the fun and great exercise of swimming!

Swim Lessons

Learning to swim at the Y is more than just stroke development. It’s a child-centered approach, where kids learn through play, hands-on exercises and creative repetition. The YMCA lesson curriculum is enhanced with YMCA character development emphasizing the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Children are taught in small groups in a progressive approach which allows each child to proceed at their own pace. When your child has mastered one level, they’re ready for the next. Each lesson encourages your child to feel good about themselves and what they’ve learned, and they can develop lifelong skills that can help them stay healthy.

The Y group swim lesson programs are offered year-round and include parent-child, preschool and youth group swim lesson classes as well as swimming lessons for all ages and abilities including those with autism or other disabilities. Sessions are six weeks in length and registration dates open two weeks prior to the start of the class. Private and semi-private swim lessons are available for families or children wanting additional attention at a time that is convenient for you. During the summer group swim lessons are held at Lytle Pool and the YMCA pool. The Y also offers a youth competitive swim team program.  To view upcoming sessions, click here

View our swim lesson levels.

Autiswim Camp

Autiswim Camp is a structured program for children with Autism or other disabilities and with their parent or caregiver assisting in the water. Class focuses on pool safety, developing swimming skills and being confident in  or around the water using visual and sensory aids. For more information, please contact Austin Birch.

Water Fitness

Water fitness classes are a great way to get a fantastic, fun workout using the natural resistance of the water, while combining cardio-aerobic work and muscle toning exercises without putting stress and strain on the joints. The Y offers a variety of water fitness programs: Aqua Aerobics, Water Volleyball, Gentle Joints, Prime Time, Aqua Zumba®, Lap Swimming, Water Walking, and Swim for Fitness.  For a description of current aqua classes, please click here.

Swim Team

SAMY Seals Swim Team is our competitive swim team where new swimmers are always welcome. Our team works on increasing cardiovascular fitness, stroke development and training for competition with other area YMCA’s. The season runs mid-September through mid-March. The SAMY Seals are open to Y members ages 5-21 and who can swim one pool length (25 yds.) freestyle and one pool length backstroke without tiring. Practices are Monday-Friday and times are vary based on skill level. Meets are held usually on Saturdays at home and other area Y’s. View our complete 2015-2016 Mattoon Area Family YMCA Sammy Seals Swim Team brochure.

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