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YMCA members—$30
Program participants—$50

PIKE - 3-5 yrs - beginner - children adjust to the water & development independent movement; teaches basic stroke & kicking skills, floating and pool safety

EEL - 3-5 yrs - intermediate - for children who are comfortable in the water and are able to swim 5 ft with faces in the water without a flotation device; children are taught to float, kick and perform progressive arm movements across the pool.
RAY - 3-5 yrs - advanced - for children who can swim 15 ft with faces in the water without a flotation device; reviews and improves stroke skills on front, back and side builds endurance and teaches water safety skills
POLLIWOG - 6+ yrs - beginner - for those comfortable in the water; teaches basic water skills including gliding with face in the water, floating and kicking
GUPPY - 6+ yrs - intermediate - for children able to swim 20 ft without a flotation device; teaches swimming on front, back and side and taking breath while swimming
MINNOW - 6+ yrs - advanced - for children who are comfortable in the water and are able to swim 1 length on front and back without a flotation device; teaches front crawl with rotary breathing, backstroke, sidestroke and beginning breaststroke




American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

$195 - YMCA members
$235 - program participant

Participants must be at least 15 yrs old before the scheduled session.  Participants must also be able to meet the swim/fitness requirements to be eligible to participate.

Contact Robert Jones—Aquatics Director for more info

SAW - Safety Around Water is a YMCA initiative

We're teaching water safety basics to all 2nd graders in the Vance County area

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.
This 8-day course, taught by a certified instructor, teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:
Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water  
An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as pool rules and boating safety 
A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water
Each lesson includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.
Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them 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.

SAW was awarded a grant from Triangle North Healthcare Foundation which funded the program for the 2017-2018.  For more information about the foundation please visit  The mission of Triangle North Healthcare Foundation - to encourage, support, and invest in quality efforts that measurably improve health in the Triangle North area, is achieved through funding initiatives, programs, and projects of nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and schools. “Our grantees provide the boots on the ground, the expertise in the field, and the committed hearts and minds that will make our community a healthier place to be,” said Val Short, executive director. The Foundation’s community focus includes four counties in the region north of the Triangle– Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties.


Since 1912, the YMCA has been saving lives through our extensive aquatics programming. The Henderson Family YMCA continues this legacy by offering lifeguard training, swim lessons, and other aquatics programs. 

For specific aquatics questions, please contact Robert Jones, Aquatics Director.