Floating Beyond Fear (Life University)

This innovative class for adults combines group discussions and pool time designed to address fear of the water. We’ll discuss how your body naturally interacts with water, tools for remaining calm, and floating skills. You’ll be in a supportive environment with others who share and understand your fear.

For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center of your local YMCA, email Kim Cope, or contact us at 253-460-8916. Find out about other Life University classes at the YMCA.

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Junior Lifeguard

This course is designed to give participants (ages 12-15) the basic skills and knowledge of what lifeguard responsibilities are and learn the skills necessary to assist a lifeguard from the deck.

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Lifeguard Certification

Learn to Lifeguard in a variety of settings including pool, lake, river, surf, and water park. Earn YMCA Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and Oxygen Administration certifications.

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Safety Around Water

Help keep children safe with the YMCA's Safety Around Water program, where participants learn essential water safety skills. The program is free to participants and open to anyone in the community; a YMCA membership is not necessary to participate.

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Swim Lessons

The YMCA offers swim lessons for both youth and adults. Our swim lessons are progression based, so please be sure to consult the  swim lesson progression guides prior to registering for a swim lesson. 

  • Early Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 0-2)
  • Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3-5)
  • Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6-11)
  • Teen Swim Lessons (Ages 12-14)
  • Adult Swim Lessons (Ages 15+)

Classes are available Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday in the morning or afternoon. Some single-day classes are also available.

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