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Jamerson Aquatics

Get in the swim! Private swimming lessons are designed to give participants individualized attention in order to improve or master their swimming skills. Instructors, participants and/or parents work together to determine goals for the session and lessons are then customized in order to meet the established goals. Private Lessons are available to participants of all ages and can be scheduled any day of the week.

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The YMCA Lifeguard course is designed to prepare participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard. This comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent potential hazards before they occur and how to take action to help those in danger when necessary. This course also includes American Heart Association CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications, as well as ASHI Oxygen Administration. Please read below for our full certification and re-certification class listings.


Give your child a Birthday Party to remember at your Downtown or Jamerson YMCA. Parties are scheduled in two-hour blocks on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. The first hour is reserved for fun in the pool, while the second hour is spent having a ball in the multipurpose room. The YMCA will provide the space for the party, a Dairy Queen ice cream cake, and a lifeguard to assist with the festivities. Call the Front Desk at the Jamerson Family YMCA or Downtown YMCA for more details!

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Get in the swim! Your Downtown and Jamerson YMCAs are offering nationally recognized swimming lessons for youth and adults. We have levels for participants from 6 months old to adults. Every YMCA swimming lesson is centered around 5 key components: Personal Safety, Personal Growth, Stroke Development, Water Sports and Games, and Rescue Techniques. Click below for:

Swim Lesson Schedule

Class Level Descriptions


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The Masters Swim program is designed for swimmers who want to   improve stroke technique and work on endurance. Whether you are trying to stay in the water, or getting back into swimming after a long break, our qualified coach will be able to give you a challenging and beneficial workout for your level of swimming.

Meet our New Coach:

Scott Thacker

  • Three time YMCA National Champion
  • VA High school state champion
  • 2010 ACC champion 100 breast
  • US National finalist
  • 2012 Olympic trials qualifier and participant.

Looking for a great way to stay active, but find yourself restricted by knee, back or other physical problems? Water fitness may be just what you’re looking for! Your YMCA offers a variety of water fitness classes at both the Jamerson and Downtown facilities. Each class uses the natural, gentle resistance of water to help strengthen muscles, without putting pressure on joints.

No swimming skills are necessary for shallow water fitness classes. Participants should be comfortable in the water for deep water fitness. Flotation devices are available for use during deep water activities.



The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.