We have two heated indoor pools!

Our large pool is an eight lane 25 yard lap pool with temperatures between 80-82 degrees. Our smaller pool is also heated with temperatures ranging between 88-90 degrees. We have a hydrolift available for those individuals that need assistance entering the water.

Our third pool (Water Works) is an outdoor pool with zero depth pool entrance with a frog slide in shallow water. We also have two additional slides for those that have passed our swim test.


Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or
caregiver, you can’t keep your kids sidelined. You need to equip your children with
the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out
on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and
friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity.
The YMCA’s Water Safety Week program can help you make sure they learn
essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them.

Water Safety Week: April 6-10, 2020. To register, please download the registration form found here, and email it to Madison Wesley at madisonw@andersonareaymca.org.


Each class includes 15 minutes of a water safety topic, 15 minutes of a game/activity related to water safety, and 15 minutes of drown prevention instruction focusing on: swim, float, swim; and jump, push, turn, grab.


The YMCA offers swim lessons in a group setting.

Parent/Child Classes (Ages 6 Months – 2 Years)2 options:

Two days per week for 4 weeks
$50 for members, $70 for nonmembers

4 (prescheduled) Saturdays
$35 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Adult (13+):

Two days per week for 4 weeks
$50 for members, $70 for nonmembers

Preschool (Ages 3-5), School Age (Ages 6-15):

Spring/Winter/Fall Sessions:
Two days per week for four weeks

Summer Sessions:
Four days per week for two weeks
Cost: $50 for members, $70 for nonmembers


Registrations begin for the next session on the first Friday of the current session



Click here for the Winter/Spring 2020 Schedule.



Personal Aquatics Training (PAT) is for anyone from a swimming beginner to an intermediate swimmer!

PAT offers:

One on one instruction
Extra, specific help for persons who struggle with specific concepts or skills
Personalized atmosphere for persons with exceptional or differing abilities

Specialized instruction specific to individual goals and achievements

Opportunity for stroke development and increased speed

You may pick up a registration form at the front desk, or click here for a printable form to bring with you.


The goal of Makos Swim Team is to provide our youth an opportunity to develop, promote and lead the sport of swimming in Anderson County in a motivating and supportive environment.

We are a YMCA & USA swim program that offers instruction, commitment, training, and competition while enjoying the sport of swimming. The team and swimmers are encouraged to display characteristics of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility by working within a structured program.

We use an age group/skill ability progression program (Makos Blue, Yellow, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels). At each level, the focus and objectives are clearly stated to meeting the needs of the swimmer. Each swimmer is different and progresses differently. The coaching staff will work together to help your swimmer reach their full potential.

Swim assessment MUST be done prior to registering for swim club, and is available by appointment. Please contact Brian Heaton to schedule your swim assessment.


All swimmers must be Anderson YMCA members.


We follow the Anderson School District 5 inclement weather plan.


Makos Parent Packet


Click here to make swim team payments 


For more information visit the Anderson Makos Team Website or contact Brian Heaton at 864-716-6276 or makosswimteam@yahoo.com.


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Come celebrate with us! Stop by our Membership Services desk today to book your party. Parties get the activity room for an hour and your choice of one of our pools for an hour (not exclusive).  You bring your own food, beverage, birthday dessert and decorations.


Available party times:
Friday- 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday- 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm, 4:00-6:00pm
Sunday- 2:00-4:00pm


Party fees (1 hour in Pool + 1 hour in Party Room)
Member: $125
Non Member: $150


You can call Membership Services at 864-716-6261 to see if the date you need is currently open but birthday party reservations cannot be made over the phone – only in person when the balance is paid in full and paperwork is completed.


Build friendships while getting fit! The YMCA Water Fitness Program is based on the latest research in aquatic health. The program consists of a variety of water exercise classes to meet the needs of all ages and fitness levels. We encourage all participants to work at their own comfort level so all of our water fitness classes can be easily adapted to each person’s individual skill level. Participants will get out of the class what they put into it.

Water fitness classes are free to all members. Non-swimmers are welcome, but you should be comfortable in the water to participate. Come on in and join the fun!


In our Lifeguard Classes you will learn: 

  • Surveillance skills – to help you recognize and prevent injuries
  • Rescue skills – in the water and on land
  • First aid training and professional rescuer CPR – to help you prepare for any emergency
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities like interacting with the public and addressing uncooperative patrons.

The Anderson Area YMCA offers Lifeguard classes in two formats:
American Red Cross

YMCA Lifeguarding


Both classes are exceptional, and teach lifesaving skills, CPR, and First Aid. YMCA also includes some Waterfront material as well. Patrons must be 15 to take the Red Cross class, and 16 to take the YMCA class.

For each class, everyone must pass the pretest. The total class fee is $200, which includes a $30 pretest fee. The class fee is due at the time of registration, but may be refunded minus the $30 fee if the participant does not pass the pretest. Please see the class flyer to view the pretest requirements.

Next Class

Red Cross

Pretest: Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8pm

Course Dates: Friday, March 13th, 5:30p-9p; Saturday, March 14th, 12p-6; Sunday, March 15th, 9a-5p; Friday, March 20th, 5:30p-9p; Saturday, March 21st, 12p-6p; Sunday March 22nd, 9a-5p




Classes will be taught by certified instructors and are limited to the first 10 participants.  Registration forms will be available at our Membership Services desk 30 days prior to the class starting, and need to be completed and paid for in full when registering.

Click here to download the ARC Lifeguard Manual

The YMCA Lifeguard Manual will be given out in class.


Basic Life Support (formerly CPR): 

  • Teaches the basics of how to properly perform high performance CPR
  • Teaches how to properly care for cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and choking.
  • Teaches how to use an AED.

First Aid Training:

  • Teaches how to properly care for many different types of first aid emergencies, including:
    • Cuts, scrapes and burns
    • Breathing problems
    • Shock
    • Dizziness/Light headedness
    • Problems resulting from pre-existing conditions
    • Injuries related to the head, neck, or spine
    • And many more first response techniques.

Classes are delivered as a combination BLS/First Aid class. Class is offered as blended learning, meaning much of what would typically be lecture style is delivered via an online based lecture and exam system. An email is required to participate in these classes. The seated portion of the class is review and skills practice/practical examination.

Participants must register at least one week prior to class start in order to complete online learning. Learning must be completed prior to attending class in person.


Dates for 2020:

February 1st

May 9th

August 1st

November 21st


Times: 9a-12pm

Cost: $45

Class Flyer




This program provides information and skill training for young adults, ages 11-15, interested in babysitting. With this program, participants will meet the challenges of babysitting by building the necessary confidence and skill levels that pertain to child and infant care.

Next class: March 14th, 2020.  Skills and scenarios related to babysitting, using ASHI curriculum, will be taught by certified instructor Shawna Asbell.


Fee: $75.00 and includes workbook, lunch (pizza and drink), and certification card (issued upon completion of this course).


To sign up, please either use our online registration process, or visit the front desk.



Opens Memorial Day weekend
Closes Labor Day weekend

Water Works hours


This outdoor splash pad includes two slides (that may be utilized after children pass the swim test) and is a walk-in pool that runs zero to four feet.


Non Y members can purchase a guest pass to enjoy our pool.


Our lap pool is 25 yards, stays about 82°, and goes from 4 ft. – 9 ft. We will always try to have at least 1-2 lanes available for lap swimmers. During busy times (Mondays-Fridays 3:30-6:30pm) lanes are limited and lap swimmers may be expected to share lanes.

The lanes are a first come, first serve basis. Please speak to a lifeguard for lane availability. (Please be aware that lane 8 is used for swim testing purposes.  You may be asked to move or pause your workout for a swim test) 


Lap Pool Schedule


The therapy pool is heated between 89-91 degrees, has two jets, and the depth runs from 3 ft. to 5 ft.  Throughout the day the pool may be divided for programs. Please see the small pool schedule to know when the pool is available for use.


Small pool schedule


Every child must be swim tested by our lifeguard staff if the child is accompanied in the water by an adult 18 years and older.

Once an individual successfully passes the swim test, they will be given the appropriate color bracelet to be worn at all times while on deck or in the pool area. Swim tests will not be given during 4:30pm to 5:30pm. However, if your child (16yr and younger) is a member and forgot their bracelet, a guard can look them up in the swim log.

Swim bracelet designation:

Swimmer is 12 and younger:

Jump in and tread water for 10 seconds without touching the wall. Then on the lifeguard’s command, swimmer must swim 25 yards (1 length) on top of the water.

***Can swim anywhere and parent must stay in the Aquatic Area.

For any age:

Children can swim 1/2 the length of the pool and tread water 10 seconds. Parent/guardian must accompany child on the deck next to the pool in which the child is swimming.

Swimmer must be 13-17:

Jump in and tread water for 10 seconds without touching the wall. Then on the lifeguard’s command, swimmer must swim 25 yards (1 length) on top of the water.

***Can swim anywhere and the parent does NOT have to stay in the Aquatic Area.

All children who have not passed the Anderson Area YMCA yellow swim test must be accompanied by a parent or wear a coast guard approved life jacket while in the water. Yellow ski belts CAN NOT be used.