AQUAZUMBA®
Perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercises to their fitness routine. Aqua Zumba® blends Zumba® philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you shouldn't miss! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.

AQUACISE
(No music) Easy exercise program in the water. No swimming ability needed. This is a great class for beginners and seniors.

AQUATIC ARTHRITIS
Combines flexibility, range-of-motion, and balance, along with strengthening and light travel for cardiovascular conditioning. This class is taught by a certified Arthritis Foundation instructor and is great for beginners and seniors.

DEEP WATER VARIETY - LEVEL I, II, III
This deep water class provides the least impact and the most resistance. Aqua Jogger belts are used to help ensure the body maintains proper alignment during class while participants perform deep water cardio exercises including jogging, bicycling, kicking, scissors, and tilting to improve fitness. Strength training equipment can vary from water dumbbells, noodles, and balls. Be advised the Aqua Jogger belt is NOT a life saving device. Swimming ability is useful.

SHALLOW WATER VARIETY LEVEL – I, II, III
Taught in the shallow end of the pool, this very popular class is designed for the general population and offers everything from a great cardio workout to providing low-impact, muscle resistance, using a variety of exercises and equipment.

SILVERSNEAKERS® SPLASH
Shallow water moves to improve agility, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. SilverSneaker® kickboard is used to develop strength, balance, and coordination.

WATER IN MOTION®
A high calorie burning workout without the pull that gravity plays on the body.  Experience the cross-training effects that water provides reducing the impact on our joints, specifically knees and back.

FITNESS CLASSES AND COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAMS IN THE CINCINNATI, OH AREA
The Y offers youth competitive and national competitive swim teams that are available for children as young as five.  The swim team program focuses on quality, aligns with national YMCA competitive swimming standards, and provides swimmers with more exposure and greater opportunities to compete at both regional and national levels.

YMCA swim coaches work to improve swimmers' skill level, endurance and to promote a healthy lifestyle.  Our program embraces the YMCA core values and promotes progression at an individual level.  You must be a YMCA of Greater Cincinnati member to participate in our competitive swim program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAMS, VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:
 YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Dolphins (Blue Ash YMCA)
 YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Barracudas (M.E. Lyons YMCA, Campbell County YMCA, Clermont County YMCA)
 YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Sandsharks/Tigersharks (Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA)
 YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Barracudas (R.C. Durr YMCA)

YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI SYNCHROGATORS
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Synchrogators offer training and practice groups for swimmers, generally between the ages of 6 and 19.  Synchronized swimming is a hybrid form of swimming that utilizes water skills, along with dance and gymnastics in performing complex routines in the water, accompanied by music.

The YMCA Synchrogators train and nurture young people to develop the confidence and poise needed to become successful in swimming and in life.  The program currently has swimmers involved in collegiate programs across the country.  
The swimmers practice at the following YMCA locations: Gamble-Nippert YMCA, M.E. Lyons YMCA, and Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA
 
For more information about the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Synchrogators, visit the website cincinnatisynchrogators.org.

YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI MASTERS SWIM PROGRAM
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers a Masters Swim Program designed to help swimmers (18 years and older) improve their technique and/or train for specific swimming goals, such as a Triathlon or other swim competition. The YMCA Masters Swim Program is perfect for both competitive and active non-competitive swimmers alike.

We highly recommend that participants looking to enter the program have the following knowledge and/or experience:

 • Past swimming experience (lessons, swim team or recreational) 
 • Basic knowledge of various swimming drills (finger tip, kick and/or stroke drills)
 • Able to swim 200 yards of freestyle stroke, continuously
 • Proficient in both the back and breast strokes

For more information about the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, contact the Blue Ash YMCA at (513) 791-5000; the M.E. Lyons YMCA at (513) 474-1400; or, the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA at (513) 521-7112.

ADAPTED SWIM LESSONS (AGES 3 AND UP)
This is a course designed for those who have a disability.  The class provides the special attention that may be difficult to get in a group lesson. Individual or small group lessons are provided by both paid and volunteer staff. Instruction is based on the needs of the participant.

TEEN SWIM LESSONS (13 YEARS AND UP)
This class is for teens who are looking to learn how to swim or are working on becoming better swimmers.

ADULT SWIM PROGRAM
This program is designed for adult swimmers of all abilities and with all swimming backgrounds. Each workout is flexible, so that experienced swimmers are challenged, and those newer to the water have time to become comfortable and learn the sport.

PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
These lessons are intended for individuals or family/friends who need flexible scheduling with a choice of instructors. A maximum of three participants may enroll in a lesson. Classes will be arranged around the participant's schedule and pool space availability. Fees are based on the number of participants enrolled, and the amount of time for the lesson. Private/Semi-private lessons consist of your choice of four 30-minute lessons, or four 45-minute lessons. Participants should exchange contact information with the instructor for scheduling conflicts. Please allow two weeks for instructor assignment.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING IN THE GREATER CINCINNATI, OH AREA
YMCA Lifeguard v6 Training
Age Requirement: 16+  

LIFEGUARD TRAINING DATES
R.C. Durr YMCA
Clippard Family, Gamble-Nippert and Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCAs

This course is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) courses: CPR Pro (BLS) for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration.
The course presents information on the skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and waterpark environments. The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary.
The course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool maintenance basics, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard. Students must pass the physical skills test prior to the class and must be 16 years of age by the last day of the scheduled class.
Pass the following Physical Competency Requirements (conducted in class on the first day):

  • Phase 1 – Tread water for 2 minutes – Swim 100 yards of front crawl
  • Phase 2 – Swim 50 yards of each: 1. Front crawl with the head up 2. Sidestroke 3. Breaststroke 4. Breaststroke with the head up 5. Elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest – Perform a feetfirst surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility). Then swim underwater for 15 feet.
  • Phase 3 – Participants start in the water at the shallow end. – Sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet, and then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility).
  • Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found.
  • Swim the remaining length to end of the pool, and hoist yourself out of the water.

Items to Bring:

  • Swimsuit and Towel (for females a one-piece suit is required)
  • Pen
  • Proof of Age
  • A student under the age of 18 must bring a minor permission form sign by parent and participant
  • Fanny Pack, Whistle, and CPR mask (these will be provided after completion of physical competency test)
  • Change of clothes
  • OPEN MIND

Need more information?  Contact  Meredith Henkenberns, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Regional Training Director at mhenkenberns@cincinnatiymca.org.