The YWCA aquatics program offers the only regulation-size fully accessible public pool in the Lewiston-Auburn area. We provide a diverse array of classes, teams, open swims, and therapeutic and culturally appropriate swim opportunities. Our swim instructors teach children and adults, alike and offer resources to help swimmers at all levels to grow and develop skills. Our dedicated pool staff work to meet the needs and prioritize the safety of all swimmers. The YWCA aquatics department partners with many community organizations to support affordable swim lessons for youth in Lewiston-Auburn. From parties, to swim meets, to rehabilitation and wellness, the YWCA pool is more than aquatics, it is a community center.
Red Cross Certified:
Our swim lessons are Red Cross approved and follow Red Cross guidelines. Additionally, we offer Red Cross certified Life Guard Training, Water Safety Instruction Training, and more.
Please review our COVID-19 Operations Updates page for further information on aquatics programming during COVID-19!
Comprehensive Swim Schedules are listed here in PDF format. Click the following links to view or print.
Please remember that you must make a reservation by phone (795-4050) prior to arriving at the pool. Reservations can be made up to one business day in advance and same-day reservations are encouraged when available. Please review our COVID-19 policies here prior to visiting our building!
There are many ways to pay to use our pool, designed to fit the needs of individuals and families in our community. A pdf of our current pricing is available to view or print here.
Drop In: For those who wish to use the pool on a very occasional basis, we offer basic drop-in rates. No membership required.
YW Community Access Pass: Pay a nominal annual fee and receive a discount rate for every time you use the pool and class passes.
Open Swim (non-instructional): Pass for unlimited open swim only.
Instructional Fitness Classes: Can be used with fitness classes and open swim
Punch Cards: For those who do not want to purchase a YWCA Pass, but expect to use the pool frequently. Punch cards are good for 15 swims (punches), expires 1 year from purchase, and are transferrable.
Single Gender Swim Rates: The rate for single gender swim is $5 per visit
Fitness at the YMCA:Beginning July 1, 2019, the YWCA Central Maine has partnered with the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, allowing yearly swim pass holders access to the YMCA’s fitness centers located at 62 Turner Street in Auburn and 12 High Street in Lewiston.
Save-a-Life Swim Sponsorship: Information on sponsoring a child or registering your child for sponsorship can be found here.
Adult Lane Swim: 4 lanes available for lap swim and 2 lanes for exercising (Ages 14 years and older)
Lap Swim: Swimmers must be able to swim continuous laps (All ages)
Family Swim: 2 lanes open for lap swim and remainder of the pool is open for free play (All ages)
Single Gender Swim: Learn-to-swim classes open to women only (ages 14 years and older). Only women swim instructors and lifeguards are present in the pool area. The viewing area to the pool is curtained off for privacy.
Women Swim: For women of all ages. Boys under the age of 5 are welcome with a female adult. 3 lanes open for lap swim and the remainder of the pool is open for free play.
Fitness Classes: We offer a variety of instructor led aqua fitness classes that vary in intensity. See schedule for full description of classes.
Swim Lesson Descriptions
Parent & Child Level A (Ages 6 months – 3 years) This class is designed for children who either have no water experience or only one previous session of water adjustment lessons.
Parent & Child Level B (Ages 18 months – 3 years) This class is designed for children who have had two or more previous sessions of water adjustment lessons or swim independently with flotation. Parents participate with children to learn water adjustment and safety skills.
Parent & Child Level C (Ages 3 – 7 years) This class is designed for children who have no water experience or are fearful of entering the water without a parent.
Preschool Swim (Ages 3 – 5 years) Preschool Level 1, 2, & 3 swim lessons, which focus on the developmental skills of preschool aged children. No parent in the water.
Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills The focus of this level is to help students feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. Elementary aquatic skills are taught. Skills include: water entry and exit, breathing and submerging, floating, treading, arm movements, kicking on front and back, and changing direction and position. Classes are taught with instructor support as needed.
Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills Skills introduced include gliding and floating independently, breathing control, picking up submerged objects, treading and swimming a combined arm and leg stroke for at least 15 feet on front and back. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 or the student must be comfortable entering and exiting the water, submerging independently, and floating on the front and back.
Level 3 – Stroke Development Skills introduced include front crawl with rotary breathing, elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, scissors kick, treading, survival floating and beginner diving. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 2 or the student must be able to float on their back independently for five seconds and swim unassisted for five body lengths.
Level 4 – Stroke Improvement Skills introduced include diving, underwater swimming, turns, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 3 or the student must be able to enter water head first and jump into deep water, swim 15 yards front crawl with rhythmic breathing, tread or float for 30 seconds, and swim 15 yards elementary backstroke.
Level 5 – Stroke Refinement Students will work to improve and perfect all swim strokes while also building strength and endurance. Additional diving, surface dives and flip turns are taught. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 4, or the student must be able to jump into deep water and swim front crawl and elementary backstroke continuously for 25 yards each, and swim 15 yards each of breaststroke and back crawl.
Level 6 – Swimming and Skill Proficiency Students will refine their swim strokes and turns to a high level of fluency and endurance to swim 500 yards continuously. In addition, skills modules such as Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, or Fitness Swimmer will be introduced. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 5 or the student must be able to perform a shallow dive, swim 50 yards continuously of front crawl and elementary backstroke, and 25 yards each of breaststroke and back crawl.
Adult Swim Lesson (Ages 15 and older) Designed for non-swimmers who will learn basic water skills including water adjustment, floating and basic safety precautions, as well as swimmers who have mastered floating, prone glide beginning crawl stroke, back float, and basic backstroke.
Water Fitness Class Descriptions
Low Intensity Shallow Water Class: Exercises that increase flexibility and range of motion using pieces of equipment such as noodles, barbells, disks, and weights.
Low Intensity Deep Water Class: Great work out for those recovering from muscle, bone, or joint injuries. Flotation belts will enable participants to focus on strengthening different muscle groups and improving flexibility.
Moderate Intensity Class: Uses resistance equipment, steps, and cardiovascular exercise to improve flexibility, increase muscle strength, and enhance one’s general levels of fitness.
High Intensity Class: Designed to increase stamina and improve cardiovascular function and breathing through the use of vigorous exercise with weights, resistance equipment, and steps.
Aqua Stretch: Focuses on improving balance, increasing core strength, and enhancing flexibility using a variety of pieces of water exercise equipment.
Aqua Kickboxing: Combine aqua movement, music, and the fundamentals of kickboxing for the ultimate fun, whole-body workout! This is an energetic blend of traditional aqua choreography. This water aerobics cardio class is a “no contact” class that will help you burn calories and tone into shape. No experience necessary and you don’t need to be in shape to get started.
Tiger Sharks Swim Team
The Tiger Sharks Swim Club is for youth interested in competitive swimming in a positive and encouraging environment. Coaches will focus on stroke development, increasing endurance, and nutrition.
In order to build team spirit, all swimmers will practice at the same time with swimmers of the same ability and speed in each lane. We strongly recommend that swimmers attend all practices; however, swimmers with conflicting sport schedules who can only come to only 1 or 2 practices are welcome to join our team. We will participate in USA swim meets (meets are optional but highly recommend) and travel is required for all meets. To join, youth must be able be able to swim two continuous laps (50 yards), one freestyle and one backstroke. Contact Head Coach Mia Bergmann at email@example.com
Parent meeting: TBD
Practice Fees: TBD
USA Swimming fee: TBD
YWCA Community Access Pass must be current for participation.
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
YWCA Central Maine is proud to offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Training – Blended Learning! Spend less time in the classroom, more time in the pool!
Our new Blended Learning Lifeguard Training format allows participants (15 years of age and older) to become a certified lifeguard, just in time for spring employment! Participants will spend 10-12 hours working at their own pace online, then come in and demonstrate all skills learned for prevention and rescue of swimmers, including providing the emergency skills of first aid and CPR.
Prerequisites include completion of a 300 yard swim, treading water, and timed deep water object removal. All components are valid for 2 years. Must be 15 years of age or older.
No lifeguard training is currently scheduled. Please call the YWCA for more information on the next class.
Lap & Learn Master Swim Program
Looking to improve your strokes and endurance to become a more efficient swimmer?
The YWCA Central Maine offers a Master Swim Program for adults! This program offers structured workouts to help swimmers of all abilities attain their individual goals and training is adaptable to each participant’s fitness level.
The Master Program is a perfect opportunity to change up your workout, improve your swimming skills, train for a Triathlon or swim competition, or prepare to participate in meets all around Maine and New England!
This program is coached by Will McCorkle, Level 3 USA Masters Swim Coach, US Masters Swimmer, USA/YMCA Coach
Programs currently offered:
Monday & Tuesday 5a-7a
Wednesday & Thursday 12p-1p
If these times do not work with your schedule, additional training times may be offered. Please call the YWCA at 795-4050 or email YWCA Assistant Aquatic Director Will McCorkle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Single Gender Swim
The YWCA is proud to offer 2 hours of single gender swim on Saturdays 12:30-2pm. The learn-to-swim programs are open to women (ages 14 and older) who require privacy for personal, religious, safety, or cultural reasons.This class was developed for our Muslim community members, but all women are welcome!
Only women swim instructors and lifeguards are present in the pool area. The viewing area to the pool is curtained off for privacy and no males are allowed in the pool area. Women are encouraged to wear the clothing that they are most comfortable in in the pool–some women wear hijabs and some wear bathing suits.
12:30 – 1:00p Beginner Lesson
1:00 – 1:30p Fitness Class
1:30 – 2:00p Advanced Lesson
Participants can come for any and all of the lessons/classes. Women of all swimming abilities, including those who have never swam, are unfamiliar with water, or are afraid of water, are welcome to attend.
A huge thank you to Hillview Lewiston Resource Center Aspirations program for beautifying the YWCA’s privacy curtains! Students painted portraits and quotes from important feminists on the curtains used for privacy during the single gender swim. This collaborative project was part of their Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Thank you to all the student artists for this amazing contribution to the YWCA community!
Have you experienced breast cancer? The YWCA’s Encore program helps relieve discomfort and restore mobility, flexibility, and confidence through gentle warm water exercise. This is a free, ongoing, session-based program designed specifically for those who have experienced breast cancer. After surgery and treatment for breast cancer, many experience numbness, pins and needles, a loss of mobility and strength, and discomfort in their upper bodies. The Encore program is designed to address these issues through warm water gentle exercises. Program availability based on interest. Please Contact the Dempsey Center (207) 795-8250 or www.dempseycenter.org
Rent the pool for a private swim party! Perfect for birthday parties or family reunions.
Each party gives you access to one hour in the gym and one hour in the pool. The gym is set up with party tables for you to bring in your food, cake, and ice cream, and you are welcome to include your own decorations. One hour in the pool for swimming and playing on the MagicYWorld Float – our large inflatable obstacle course complete with slide!
Come and enjoy the thrills and spills–sure to be fun for all!
Viewing: To insure safety for all, no one will be allowed to sit in the pool area during swim lessons. The only exception to this is 15 minutes at the beginning of the first class of every session and the entire last class of every session. As always, the viewing area above the pool is available for you to watch your swimmer.
Shoes: For the safety of our swimmers, we ask that no street shoes be worn on the pool deck.
Pool and Locker Room Age Requirements:
Ages 7 & under: Parents/adults must go into the pool with their child (unless the child is in a swim lesson). Children may use any locker room and must be accompanied by an adult.
Ages 8 – 18: Parents/adults must stay in the YW building. Youth may go into the pool alone only if they are able to swim without the help of a floatation device (bubble belt or life vest). Children must use companion locker room or gender appropriate locker room.
All Ages: For any non-swimmers, parents/adults must go in the water with the child unless the child is in a swim lesson class.
Past Programs: Intro to Paddle Board - Stretch & Strength
In this program, we cover safety techniques and all the “rules of the road” for paddle boarding. We also discuss board anatomy, board care, and how to choose the right board and paddle for you.
This 1.5 hour intro to Stand Up Paddle is a great form of exercise and perfect for those who have never paddled.
We’ll start right here at the YWCA, on the water, where you’ll:
- learn how to safely get on and off a board
- practice proper standing technique
- practice paddling techniques
- learn how to turn the board
- experience feeling the waves to help you get your “sea legs”
Check at the front desk for date and times of the next paddle boarding class.