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Get into the swim of things!

Whiting Pool2The goal of the Whiting YMCA’s Aquatics Department is to provide a positive aquatic experience. We help build self-esteem through accomplishments, develop an awareness of safety through the practice of skills, and instill the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. All of the programs are progressive, building upon basic skills and progressing toward mastery of techniques, and eventually toward other aspects of aquatics and the potential for lifelong involvement in Aquatic Programs.

Current Pool Schedule (including open swim and lap swim times) 

Swim Lessons for all Ages

YMCA swim classes focus on developing coordination, endurance, and self-confidence in swimmers of all ages. Classes will include flotation devices as needed and be conducted by a YMCA trained instructor. Parents are permitted to stay on deck and observe lessons on the first and last day of each session.  During the remainder of the session, parents are asked to wait in the lobby so that the children may give their full attention to the instructor. Please register early. All classes fill up quickly and have an enrollment limit. Full payment is required at the time of registration.

(Adult participation in water required)
Ages 6 months to 3 years: The primary goal of this program is comfort and safety. Songs and games are an important part of the instruction at this level. Motor skills will also be presented.A parent or guardian (18 years or older) will be needed to accompany the child in the pool.

Ages 3-5 years: The YMCA Pre-School swim program is designed to introduce and build elementary swimming and safety skills. Children are placed in groups (maximum of 6) with a YMCA trained instructor. Emphasis is on developing coordination, endurance, and self-confidenceof the preschooler. Students will work with and without flotation devices. Students will be evaluated and moved to the appropriate level.

Ages 6-12 years: The National YMCA Progressive Swim Program stresses endurance, personal safety, skill development, and lifesaving techniques. The children class has a maximum of 8 in each class. Basic strokes are introduced and perfected as emphasis is placed on development of the total child. Students will work with and without flotation devices. Students will be evaluated and moved to the appropriate level.

Learn new strokes or refine the strokes that have been previously learned. Adult swimmers of all levels are welcome! Maximum of 8 in a class.

Whiting Family YMCA's new special swim program that is designed to provide an educational and therapeutic environment for children with special needs. The aquatic environment is excellent for children with special needs because water exercise has these benefits:

  • Improves flexibility, coordination and range of motion.
  • Strengthens and tones the muscles without hurting vulnerable joints.
  • Longer exercise time because the body is working with buoyancy, not gravity as on land.
  • Increases the child’s self-esteem because he/she is able to forget about his/her limitations
    while learning new behaviors, skills and learning strategies in an environment that promotes
    success mixed with fun and play.

Through participation in the program, children will learn to feel more positive about himself/herself in an
environment that promotes success mixed with fun and play. The goals of the program are to increase the
child’s self-esteem, strength, coordination and swim skills.

Swim Club/Stroke Mechanics Program
The Whiting Family YMCA Swim Club is a Stroke Mechanics program that works with swimmers 6-14 years old who enjoy fun competitive experiences yet may not possess the correct stroke or physical abilities to compete. Program emphasis is on stroke improvement and endurance. Children will complete the following skills: drills of all 4 major strokes, basic safety skills, understanding swim etiquette, YMCA core values, and will participate in fun pool games.

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Aqua Exercise

Lap swimming is available throughout the day. Review our schedules page for details.

Adult Aquatic Classes

Water fitness is a great way to condition the body. The water provides a natural resistance and less impact on the joints.  Our aquatics department works hard to provide a variety of programs and techniques not only to benefit the body, but to stimulate the mind, wash away stress and rejuvenate the spirit. If you are ready to start your fitness journey, try a Water Fitness class. We will make you feel welcome and you will get a great workout, while building friendships! 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training at Whiting Family YMCA



  • Bring swim trunks/swim suit, towel, goggles and a water bottle.
  • Must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session (must be 16 years old for employment).
  • Must pass skills evaluation on the first day of class, details below.
  • Participants must print ARC Lifeguard Participant Manual and bring it to class. You may also bring in an iPad or tablet to view manual in class.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact me to discuss this before the course begins.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

Participants may schedule conditioning days with Wellness/Aquatic Director to practice swim skills before pre-course test.

For next course dates, questions or concerns please contact Natalie Galindo, Wellness/Aquatic Director at 219 370-5091.


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