Aquatics

Make a splash at YW with aquatic fun for everyone! Our pool is open for lap and open swim by reservation only to maintain social distancing guidelines. Reserve your spot by clicking below and signing in through our new member portal. 

Need help? Visit our Member Sign In page for detailed instructions.

Additionally, the hot tub is still open for one person at a time, and the sauna remains closed due to the Governor’s orders. We also ask you continue to put your used pool equipment in the used equipment bin for cleaning after use.

Swimming Lessons are coming soon!

Please contact Neil Erickson if interested in private or group swimming lessons.

Safety protocols

Before visiting the pool, please review our protocols and practices in place during our phased re-opening to help keep everyone safe.

  • To best adhere to extended social distancing guidelines:
    • Two swimmers are allowed per lane for lap swimming, with one swimmer on each side of the lane
    • Eight swimmers are allowed at a time in the open swim lanes
  • While not required in the pool, masks must be worn on pool deck.
  • Registration required. To register, you will need to sign into the new HFC system and register to reserve a lane for lap swimming or space for open swim.
  • At this time, upper locker rooms are only for use by swimmers.
  • Locker availability is based on social distancing guidelines.
  • Available lockers will be open at the beginning of the reservation time.
  • Lockers that are not available are closed with a string.
  • You may bring a padlock to lock up items. Please make sure to take your items and padlock when you are finished swimming for the day.
  • Masks must be worn in locker rooms (except in showers).

Reservations are now required to use the pool. There is a 60-minute time limit which includes swim and locker room time. To allow for cleaning in between reservations in the pool area and locker rooms, we ask that you respect the time limit.

Pool reservation guidelines and sign-up are as follows:

  • Lap Swimming: 2 swimmers per lane
  • Open Swimming: 8 participants total

Reserve your reservation by clicking the button at the top of the page, or visit our Member Sign In page for more detailed instructions.

Updates to these policies will be distributed by email. Make sure that you always know the latest news by signing up for our email list

Pool Rentals

Want a great way to spend time with family and friends? Planning a special event? Rent out a portion of the pool! Rates start at $85 for up to 10 people. To reserve a date or for more information, contact 651-265-0756 or fitness@ywcastpaul.org

Piranhas Swim Club

The Piranhas swim team offers a range of fun and competitive options for kids to develop skills and build confidence—and we’re always looking for new team members! Swimmers will be placed on the appropriate team (see descriptions below) based on a coach’s assessment. To schedule an assessment, contact aquatics@ywcastpaul.org. To learn more, visit the Piranhas team page.

For swimmers who are comfortable in the water but new to competitive swimming.

Emphasis will be placed on learning how to swim the competitive strokes properly, learning the rules of competition swimming and building a cardio base. Junior Piranhas will not compete in swim meets. Practices are offered two days per week. It is recommended that swimmers attend one to two days per week.

For swimmers who can complete training sets using Free Style and Back Stroke legally, with a focus on technique improvement and the introduction of longer swims.

Organized dry land activities will be implemented to build strength without putting too much strain on younger bodies. Practices are offered four days per week. It is recommended that swimmers attend at least two to three days per week.

For swimmers ready to start more intense training with the ability to train for individual medley and distance freestyle.

Training will focus on striving toward the highest levels of competition. Practices will be offered five days a week. It is recommended that swimmers attend all five practices per week.

For swimmers ready to start more intense training with the ability to train for individual medley and distance freestyle.

Training will focus on striving toward the highest levels of competition. Practices will be offered five days a week. It is recommended that swimmers attend all five practices per week.

teen girl swimmer prepares to push off from starting block in pool
middle aged Asian man in pool with swim goggles on his head, smiling at the camera.

Masters Swim Team

The Masters swim team is for swimmers ages 18+ who can swim 200 yards. It’s great for former competitive swimmers and triathletes in training, but competitive swimming experience is not required. 5 organized workouts are scheduled per week, which include interval, distance and non-crawl workouts. Coached by Beth Peterson, Level 2 United States Masters Swim Coach.

For more information about joining the team, contact aquatics@ywcastpaul.org

Masters swim team is a monthly membership, which includes up to four practices per week!

$25/month for YW HFC members
$65/month for non-members

Attend any of the practices listed below—or all of them!

Sunday, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Thursday, 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Youth Swimming Lessons

Learn to swim for kids! For the latest scheduling information, refer to our Specialty Class Catalog. Register for lessons online at www.ywcastpaul.org/register or in-person at the Member Services Desk. Need help registering online? Click here to learn more about specialty class registration.

Parent & Child

Designed for children 3 and under, this class helps to establish water confidence from a very young age. Your child will learn how to support themselves in the water and will also learn the beginning motions for strokes. A parent or guardian must participate in the class with the child.

Goldfish

Developed for children ages 3 to 5 who have little or no experience in the water, this class works to build water confidence. Swimmers will develop stroke technique and learn how to support themselves in the water. Parents are welcome to watch, but children will be swimming independently.

Betta Fish

During this class children ages 5 to 8 will build water confidence, gain the ability to support themselves in the water, and receive an introduction to basic survival strokes. In addition to learning to tread water for short periods of time, swimmers will also begin working to swim full lengths of the pool.

Dolphin

Swimmers age 6 to 8 will focus on learning competitive strokes and techniques during this class. In addition to receiving an introduction to the four competitive strokes, swimmers will learn dives and competitive turns. Upon completion, swimmers will be able to support themselves in the water for extended periods of time, and swim multiple lengths of the pool without pause.

Snow Crab

Geared for children ages 9 to 10 who are new to the water, this class focuses on building both skills and water confidence. Swimmers will be introduced to survival strokes and will learn to tread water for short periods of time. They will also be introduced to swimming full lengths of the pool.

Lobster

This class for swimmers ages 9 to 12 focuses on competitive strokes and techniques. Swimmers will master all four competitive strokes and also learn a variety of dives and competitive turns. Upon completion, swimmers will be able to support themselves in the water for extended periods of time and swim multiple lengths of the pool without pause. 

Private Lessons

Need to learn at your own pace or simply want individual attention? Private swim lessons are available with a focus on stroke development! A water safety instructor will design lessons to help you achieve your goals. For more information, or to sign up, visit the Member Services Desk.

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