Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swim teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.


Our Swimming Pool

Indoor Pool

Our Indoor Pool is a multi-use pool that is 25 yards in length. The pool temperature is maintained between 82-86 degrees.


Safety is our highest priority.

Adult Supervision of Children

Adult supervision of kids is really important to us, because it allows our lifeguards and aquatic safety staff to focus on the water, keeping everyone safe. Any child under the age of 9 who is not accompanied by an adult (wearing a bathing suit) will not be permitted in the pool.

Swim Testing for Youth

Any swimmer under 18 years of age must take 1 of the 2 swim tests during recreational swims. Adults may be asked to take a swim test at the lifeguard’s discretion.

Deep End Test
  1. Swim one length of the pool or equivalent.
  2. Tread water without touching the pool sides & bottom for 1 minute.
  3. Deep Water Plunge: Swimmer must jump into the deep end and recover to the surface.
Shallow Water Test
  1. Float on back and roll to front.
  2. Recover from floating position to standing position.

Swimmers who cannot pass either test or refuse to take either test will be issued a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Parents with multiple children may work/play with children within arm’s reach if they are 1:1.

Swimmers will be issued a wrist band designating the area in which they may swim. (Red – shallow with PFD, Yellow – shallow PFD not required, Green – access to all areas).

For kids to ride the slide in either pool they must be 48” tall and successfully complete the deep end test.


Our Indoor Pool has four 25 yard lap lanes. Please check the pool schedule for lap swim times.


Open Swim periods are times when the pool is open for families and individuals to just swim around. Sometimes we may need to reserve sections of the pool for private swim lessons or water exercising. We offer lifejackets, noodles, and balls, barbells, and kickboards for families and kids to use during this time.


Swim Lessons

The Y is a national leader in swim instruction and water safety. Instructors use games and the guided discovery teaching approach with students to learn about swimming in five different categories: personal water safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports & games and rescues.

Swim classes are divided first by age and then by skill level. Our instructors are certified lifeguards as well as certified YMCA swim instructors.

Private lessons and semi-private lessons are also available. We recommend these classes for individuals who have very specific goals, or who need to work with a flexible schedule. Additionally, we have instructors who are experienced in working with special needs individuals.

Swim Club

Joining a swim team develops confidence and self-discipline in kids. Besides learning new skills, kids build comraderie and enjoy the challenge of racing in the pool.

Y swim teams emphasize the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. Our swim coaches strive to offer a well-rounded, values-centered program for every level of swimmer.

The South Oakland Y runs a fun Swim Club, a pre-competitive swim team. The coaches are dedicated to teaching the swimmers all the fundamentals of swimming to make them successful in the sport. Swim Club is for kids ages 7-12. The swimmer must pass a swim test at the first meeting. Click here to learn more about our Swim Club.

Water Fitness

We offer a wide range or water fitness classes to adults. We encourage all members to check out one of our member benefit water fitness classes. Exercising in the water is great for the body and can easily be adjusted to be more or less difficult.

Lifeguard & CPR Training

The Y is committed to helping educate the community on safety. Several times a year we offer both lifeguard classes and CPR training. Our lifeguard classes are through Ellis and Associates, one of the leading certifying agencies for lifeguards in America.

Participants in the lifeguard class will receive a book and study materials. The lifeguard class will certify participants in Ellis and Associates lifeguarding, CPR, AED, Oxygen Administration, and First Aid.