Our Aquatics center offers swim lessons for all ages and levels, lifeguard training classes, basic life support training, swim team, babysitting classes, and so much more! We have 2 indoor pools (lap pool and therapy pool) and an outdoor splash pad (seasonal).

Please Note: Front desk transactions will be accepted up until 15 minutes prior to closing each day!


Group Swim Lessons are YEAR ROUND, but schedules are only released one or two sessions at a time!

Winter “A” Group Swim Lesson dates, cost and other details

Winter “B” Group Swim Lesson dates, cost and other details

Group Swim Lesson FAQs

Private and Semi-Private Lessons are available for beginner to intermediate swimmers!

Private and semi-private lessons offer the benefits of extra help for individuals who struggle with specific concepts or skills, and a personalized lesson tailored to specific goals. Lessons focus on the participant’s individual goals and interests, and can cover skills like beginning swim techniques, more advanced stroke development, refining strokes for triathlons/masters programs, and even using the pool for exercise. Lessons are 30 minutes in duration.

Start by yourself with one-on-one private lessons, or grab a friend and try our two-on-one semi-private lessons. Anderson Area YMCA does not place semi-private students together, so you will need to supply your own partner!

Minimum age for private lessons is 6 months. Parents of participants under 3 years of age may be required to be in the water with the instructor depending on the comfort level of the child. The instructor will determine this with the parent on a case-by-case basis.

To register, please fill out our registration form and turn it in with payment at our Front Desk! Once registrations are received, the individual instructors will reach out to schedule lessons.


Lesson Rates:

For private lessons, prices are listed below.

Private Swim Lessons
Number of Lessons Member Rate Non-member Rate
4 Lessons $100 $120
8 Lessons $160 $200
12 Lessons $220 $280

For semi-private lessons, each participant pays the below amount.

Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Number of Lessons Member Rate Non-member Rate
4 Lessons $60 $70
8 Lessons $90 $110


Open Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend.

Operating Hours through August 15th:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Temporary Operating Hours starting August 16th:
Closed Monday-Thursday
Friday: 4:30p-7:30p
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This outdoor, zero-depth entry splash pad includes two slides that may be utilized once children have passed the swim test, a smaller, toddler-sized frog slide, and several splash play features for our members to enjoy!

Pools are FREE for Members to enjoy.

Non Member Fees:

  • Families pay $10 per child per day (no charge for adults in family)
  • Single Adults pay $20 each per day


Our 8 lane, 25-yard lap pool ranges from 81-84 degrees. Our shallow end is 4 ft., and slopes down to a 9 ft. deep end. Our lap pool is home to many activities, including our Makos Swim Team, Water Fitness, Lap Swim, and Swim Lessons. Please check the pool schedule to determine pool availability. During busy times lanes are limited and lap swimmers may be expected to share lanes.  Lanes are on a first-come, first-serve basis. For help with lap lane usage, please speak to a lifeguard. We have a hydro lift available for those individuals that need assistance entering the water.

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


Our therapy pool ranges from 92-94 degrees, and has two jets to be used for therapeutic purposes. The depth of our therapy pool ranges from 3 ft. to 5 ft.  The therapy pool is home to activities like Swim Lessons, Water Fitness, Aqua Walking, and Pediatric Therapy.  Throughout the day the pool may be divided for programs and activities, so please see the small pool schedule to know when the pool is available for use.

Small Therapy Pool Schedule


Children under the age of 18 must either take a safety swim test administered by a lifeguard, wear a lifejacket, or stay within arms reach of a parent or guardian in order to enjoy our facility.

Members who pass the test will be given a reusable swim test band that should be worn during every visit at the pool. If a bracelet is lost or forgotten, lifeguards can look up the appropriate band and administer a temporary band to be worn for the day. If bands are lost permanently, a replacement can be purchased for $5.



Age 12 and under

Test: Swimmer will jump into 9 ft. water, tread water for 10 seconds, and swim 25 yards.

Rules: Parent must be in the pool area at all times—the child may swim in any pool, and utilize slides.


 Age 17 and under

Test: Swimmer will jump into 9 ft. water, tread water for 10 seconds, and swim half of 25-yard lap (approximately 12.5 yards)

Rules: Parent must be in the pool area at all times for ages 12 and under. Children 13 and over may be in the pool by themselves with this band. The child may swim in the therapy pool, shallow (up to red line) end of a lap pool, and utilize slides.


Age 13-17

Test: Swimmer will jump into 9 ft. water, tread water for 10 seconds, and swim 25 yards.

Rules: Parents do not have to be in the facility— the child may swim in any pool, and utilize slides.

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.


We want all patrons of our pool to have a fun, safe, and enjoyable time. Please read the below rules so you know what to expect when you come to our pool – by following the rules and policies outlined below, we can ensure that everyone has a great time when visiting our facility!

Rules that are common for most pools:

  1. All patrons should shower with soap prior to entering the pool.
  2. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed in the pool without adult supervision.
  3. Solo swimming is prohibited – a lifeguard must be on duty at all times during pool hours.
  4. No running on the pool deck!
  5. Boisterous or rough play is not allowed in the pool area.
  6. No diving in shallow water (less than 7 feet deep).
  7. No glass on the pool deck.
  8. Proper swim attire is required on the pool deck – no cut-offs, please!
  9. Children who are not potty trained should wear a swim diaper.
  10. Persons under the influence of drugs/alcohol are prohibited from the Y facility. Additionally, please no smoking or vaping.
  11. Persons with open lesions, wounds, or infectious diseases should not utilize the pool.
  12. No spouting or squirting of water, or discharging bodily fluid into the pool.

Rules more specific to our facility:

  1. Underwater swimming and breath-holding drills are prohibited. This is to prevent shallow water blackouts due to hypoxic training or breath-holding activities.
  2. Starting blocks are only for competitive swimming and swim lessons, and should only be utilized under the supervision of a coach or instructor. They are not to be used recreationally
  3. Do not hang on or lay on the safety lines and lane lines. They are not lifesaving devices, and also cannot withstand the additional wear and tear.
  4. No inflatable flotation devices or toys. This includes water wings, inflatable inner tubes, inflatable baby floats, etc. Beach balls are permitted as long as they are not being used as a flotation. Inflatable flotation devices pose a risk due to the threat of popping, and can also make it difficult for the lifeguards to scan effectively.
  5. No gum on the pool deck or in the water. Gum is hard to remove from the pool deck, and even harder to remove from the pool!
  6. No children in the Men’s and Women’s (Adult) Locker Room. We have a Boy’s and Girl’s Locker Room available, or two Family Locker Rooms available.

Not all rules can be listed. Please see the lifeguard for any questions about the rules – they have the final say in enforcing the rules!

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 meet 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.

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

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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 YMCA Lifeguarding, a certification provided by the YMCA of the USA. This class, in addition to teaching lifesaving skills, CPR, and First Aid, and Oxygen, also includes Waterfront material as well. Patrons must be 16 years old to take the YMCA class.

In order to attend this class, you must pass a 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:

Pretest:                Aug. 29th from 4p-6p
Course Dates:        Sept. 2nd (4p-8p), Sept. 3rd (9a-4p), and Sept. 4th (9am-4pm)
*Instructor reserves the right to add time as necessary to complete course

Classes will be taught by certified instructors and are limited to the first 10 participants.  Registration forms are available at the Membership Services Desk or online, and must be completed and paid for in full prior to the pretest.

To sign up, please register online.

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/Lightheadedness
  • 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 of 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 to review and skills practice/practical examination.

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

Dates for 2022:

February 19th (register by February 10th)
May 21st (register by May 12th)

August 13th (register by August 4th)

November 19th (register by November 10th)

Times: 9a-12pm

Cost: $45

Class Flyer

We are not offering Birthday Parties at this time

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

Party fees:
Member: $125
Non Member: $175


  • Birthday parties format: 1st hour in the pool, followed by 2nd hour in the room – in this order.
  • There will be 6 tables and 24 chairs set up in the party room. No additional tables and chairs will be added to the room.
  • The party room is offered as-is. Parties are welcome to bring in decorations, but must remove all decorations at the end of their party.
  • All attendees who are planning on swimming must take a swim test. If patrons do not wish to take the swim test, or unable to pass, they must wear a USCG approved Life Jacket or Puddle Jumper.
  • All members of the group must stay in the same pool.
  • No more than 50 patrons total on the pool deck from the party at once per DHEC and Fire Marshal guidelines.
  • In the case of closure due to inclement weather or contamination, we will make every attempt to allow full swim time, including switching pools.
  • Pool Closure Policy: In the presence of thunder, Water Works (outside pool) will be closed. If there is lightning, the whole pool area/all pools will close. For both of these cases, the pool remains closed for at least thirty minutes after each instance of thunder/lightning. In the case of contaminations, closure time is at the discretion of the lifeguard based on facility policies.
  • If the weather/contamination is such that no swim time in any pool is possible, a reschedule may be possible. If a party receives at least thirty minutes of swim time in any pool, a reschedule will not be offered.
  • Reschedule/Cancellation Policy: Full payment is due at time of booking party. Event cancellations must be received a minimum of 14 days before the day of the party to receive a refund, minus a $50 booking fee. If the cancellation or reschedule is requested in less than 14 days, you may forfeit your entire payment.
  • Water Works parties can only be scheduled the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through the Sunday prior to Labor Day.

The Child and Baby Sitting course, certified by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI),  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: TBD

Fee: $75.00 and includes an online workbook, and certification card (issued digitally upon completion of the course).

Please bring with you: snack/drinks (if desired), pencil and paper (for notes), a device with internet access (to access the textbook), and a valid email address (for access to workbook/digital card).

To sign up, please register online.

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 2022: April 11-15

***Only 20 spots per time are available – register today to reserve your spot!!

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


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