Aquatics program overview brochure

Swim Testing

The YMCA reserves the right to swim test all children under the age of 16 in order to prevent drownings and accidents. We strictly enforce this policy to ensure the safety of the children who use our pools.

Swim Lessons

Ages: 6 months – Adult

The YMCA offers an extensive learn-to-swim program for all ages. Whether you are a non-swimmer or looking for advanced techniques, the YMCA has a program for you.

Current Swim Lessons Schedule

Small Group Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lesson Registration Form


Ages: 6 months to 3 years old


  • Water orientation – being comfortable in the water
  • Breathing- becoming comfortable with mild water submersion
  • Body movement – introduction to water propulsion


  • Guardian must accompany child in the water.
  • Children must wear a bathing suit AND a swim diaper


Ages: 3-5 years old


Progression through the 4 levels – Pike Eel, Ray, Starfish

  • Water orientation – being comfortable in the water
  • Breathing- learning water submersion
  • Body movement – learning water population, stroke introduction, gliding
  • Water entry- jumping and beginner diving


  • Guardian NO longer accompanies child in the water
  • Appropriate Swim Attire
  • 1:4 Instructor/Participant Ratio


Ages: 6-12 years old


Progression through the 6 levels – Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Fly-fish and Shark

  • Water safety– introduction to rules
  • Breathing- learning water submersion and rotational breathing
  • Body movement – introduction to each of the 4 major strokes and survival strokes
  • Water entry-race diving techniques with appropriate underwater progression


  • Classes taken in succession are most effective.
  • 1:6 Instructor/Participant Ratio


Ages: 13 and older


  • Through group drills and individual attention, we instruct new and apprehensive swimmers.
  • Breathing- learning water submersion and rotational breathing
  • Body movement – introduction to each of the 4 major strokes and survival strokes
  • Water entry- diving techniques with appropriate under water progression


  • Great class for those who are afraid of the water or never had an opportunity to learn how to swim.
  • Classes taken in succession are most effective.
  • 1:6 Instructor/Participant Ratio

Sumter Swordfish Swim Team

The Sumter YMCA Swordfish gives everyone a great opportunity to achieve his or her potential! Our mission is to provide a safe environment where children can learn, improve, and enjoy the sport of swimming.

On our year-round swim team, every member has a place and every swimmer is important to our success! We offer multiple competitive and developmental groups for swimmers ages 5-21. Swimmers gain experience through YMCA and USA Swimming competitions. Many members enjoy our family and team-first atmosphere, which is easy to see at meets, social events and team practices.

Swim Team Registration Form

2017 Swim Team Information

2017 – 2018 Winter Swim Meet Schedule

Coaching Staff Bios

Ages: 5 -21


$25 YMCA annual registration fee

Swim team quarterly fees are based on skill level and membership. See HERE for more information.

Thinking about signing up?

Please e-mail Head Coach Igor Iovanovich to join.

803-773-1404, Ext. 29

Swordfish Swim Team Records





15 and older


Masters Swimming

Our Masters Team (18+ years of age) program appropriately challenges beginner to competitive swimmers by improving stroke technique. Not only is swimming a life skill, but this program will help you develop a healthier lifestyle, build relationships and reach your personal fitness goals. Whether you are a traditional competitive master’s swimmer, an open water swimmer, a triathlete, or you just want to swim for fun, this program is for you! Once registered, you will receive a welcome packet.  Every Monday you will receive an email with your workout for the week.  We will attempt to pair up swimmers that can swim the same schedule.  We are all one team, here to support one another.  Register for the SYS Masters today at the front desk!

Annual Registration Fee: $25

Monthly Fee: $15

Competition: Participation in Masters Swim Meets is both fun and challenging. It is also entirely optional.

IN ORDER TO COMPETE ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BE REGISTERED WITH U.S. MASTERS SWIMMING. YMCA of Sumter is registered with USMS as Sumter YMCA Swordfish Masters (SYS). Registration for the USMS is a separate cost. Register at

Benefits of a USMS membership include:

* Opportunities to compete locally or nationally in pool, open-water, clinics, and fitness challenge events;

* Ability to track and record your fitness progress and goals;

* Subscription to SWIMMER magazine, member e-newsletter, and access to resources and materials on the USMS website


Lap Swim and Fitness Swim

Whether you want to swim laps on your own or do your own fitness workout in the pool, we have special times set aside for these activities. Please check our current schedules HERE for the Warm Water Deck Pool and the Austin Francis Cool Water Pool.

Lap Swim

Lap Swimming Tips: Please enter the pool from the shallow end. To avoid accidents, when entering an occupied lane, please get the first swimmer’s acknowledgment that you are there.

Directions for Adult Lap: If there are 1 or 2 swimmers in a lane, they may elect to split the lane in half. The entrance of a third person immediately changes the lane to “circle” swimming format.

Speed: Please choose a lane with swimmers that most nearly match your speed.


Water Aerobics

We offer many different varieties of water aerobics. If you want to have a water workout experience while getting to know many of our members in your class, water aerobics is perfect for you! Some of our classes include Aqua Zumba, Senior Workout and Arthritis Aquatics. Click HERE for a current group exercise schedule or Active Older Adults schedule.



Family Swim

Ages: All

During this unstructured swim time, families can enjoy our facility. Flotation aids other than U. S. Coast Guard approved life vests are not permitted at any time.

See our current pool schedules HERE.