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Programs & Classes

Lap and Learn Master Program

Lap and Learn

Master Program for Adults

Time:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5:00-8:00am,

Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 -8:00am & 12:00-1:00pm

Ages 18 and older

Cost:   $5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members/per class

Ages:  18 and older

Looking to improve your strokes and endurance to become a more efficient swimmer?

The YWCA is offering a Master Program for adults! The program will offer structured workouts that support swimmers to attain their individual goals. Swimmers of all abilities are welcome and training will adaptable to support each participant’s fitness level. The course will be coached by William McCorkle a USA certified Head coach of YWCA Tiger Sharks.  This program is structured to offer a positive and encouraging training environment!

The Master Program is a perfect opportunity to train for a swim competition, Tri-Athlon, or to simply swim away the stress of the day. Workouts will be available for participants who miss a practice. The YWCA also offers private lessons to those who may need a one on one training with the coach.


You may contact Linda Sherman the Aquatic Director with any questions or to schedule a private lesson.   Monday –Friday 9-2pm 207-795-4050 or via email lsherman@ywcamaine.org



Single Gender Swim

single-gender-swimThe Single Gender Swim is a women-only swim time for all women ages 14+. The program was created to address the needs of Muslim women who may want to swim in a private environment. During the Single Gender Swim, the large pool viewing windows are curtained and only female lifeguards and swim instructors are present. Women are encouraged to wear the clothing that they are most comfortable in in the pool-some women wear hijabs and some wear traditional bathing suits. The Single Gender Swim runs every Saturday 12pm-2pm. For the first hour participants can take part in a water fitness class in the shallow end of the pool, followed by an hour of swim lessons from 1pm-2pm. Participants can come for either water fitness or swim lessons, or stay for both. Women of all swimming abilities, including those who have never swam, are unfamiliar with or afraid of water, are welcome to attend. The Single Gender Swim has a suggested donation of $2 and is open to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Tiger Sharks Swim Team

Tiger Shark logo updatedThe Tiger Sharks Swim Club is for youth swimmers interested in a more competitive  environment.

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, 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 three practices a week.  Swimmers with conflicting sport schedule who can only come to only 1 or 2 practices are welcome to join our team.  We will participate in USA swim meets this summer (meets are optional, highly recommend).  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.   Not sure if you are ready for YWCA Tiger Sharks?  Come try out for swim team on Monday April 17, 2017  from 5-6pm.

Parent meeting:  May 9th 5:00-6:00pm.

Head Coach:  Will McCorkle

Fees:  $150.00 + USA Swimming fee ($65.00 yearly or $38.50 summer only ) + event fees for meets $3.00-$5.00 per event.  YWCA membership must be current.

Practice times:  April 24 – August  10, 2017  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,  from 5:00-6:00pm.

**Beginning June 21, Wednesday practice will also be available from  9:00-10:00am. **


Ages 5-18 years old

Space in the Swim Team is limited.

Call 795-4050 for

information or to sign up!

YWCA Scholarships are available


Paddle board Stretch and Strength

Paddle Board Stretch and Strength Class is a unique opportunity for participants to become comfortable with a paddle board while gaining core fitness through Pilates strength poses! Paddle Board Stretch and Strength begins with a swim and paddle warm up series before beginning a mix of challenging abdominal fitness moves that take place on the board and are presented in various levels to accommodate all abilities.  The class finishes with a tranquil set of yoga postures and stretches.  Balance techniques will be introduced progressively over the course of the class.
Instruction by Ian Barclay of Skin Divers Paradise and Windsurfing – Maine, educating folks in board sports sine 1998.
April 21 – May 26, 2017
Fridays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Cost: Members $60.00  Non-members $75.00
Must Pre-register for class
You can call the YWCA at 207-795-4050 or sign up at customer service.
Space is limited so sign up today!
  • Friday
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm
  • April 21 - May 26
  • Ian Barclay of Skin Divers Paradise
  • YWCA members $50.00 for non-members $65.00


Have you experienced breast cancer? The YWCA Encore 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.

  • Contact the Dempsey Center (207) 795-8250 or www.dempseycenter.org

Water Fitness Classes

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: This 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, improve cardiovascular function and breathing through the use of vigorous exercise with weights, resistance equipment and steps.

Aqua Stretch: This class focuses on improving balance, increasing core strength, and enhancing flexibility using a variety of pieces of water exercise equipment.

Aqua Kickbox: Aqua Kickboxing classes 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. Mo experience necessary and you don’t need to be in shape to get started..

YWCA Aquatics School 2017

YWCA of Central Maine Aquatics Training 2017


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training – Blended Learning Spend less time in the classroom, more time in the pool:  This new format allows participants 15 years of age and older to become a certified lifeguard.  Participants will spend 10-12 hours working at their own pace online, then come in and demonstrate all skills learned for prevention of injuries 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.

Cost: Members $150.00, Non-member $175.00

Session I:  May 19: 6:00-9:30pm, May 20:  12:30-8:00pm, May 21:  8:00-5:00pm.

Must register by May 8 with American Red Cross and pay additional fee of $35.00. 

Session II:  June 5 & 6:  8:00-6:00pm.  Must register by May 25 with American Red Cross and pay additional fee of $35.00. 


American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor:  Teaches currently certified American Red Cross Lifeguards 17 years of age and older how to teach the Lifeguard Training Course including CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers/ First Aid. Must pass skills review and written tests on the first day of class. Online learning required before the first day of class. Must register by June 23, 2017 with American Red Cross and pay additional fee of $35.00.

Session:  July 3, 5 and 6:  7:00-4:00pm

Cost:  Members $225.00, Non-member $250.00


Water Safety Instructor:  Teaches students age 16 years and older to teach the ARC program of swim instruction and Basic Water Rescue. Proficiency in front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke and butterfly to American Red Cross Level IV standards is required. Must complete online ARC module at least 1 week prior to first day of class and pay additional fee of $35.00.  Module link information will be given to you upon registration of the WSI class.

Cost:  Members $375.00, Non-Member $400.00

Session I:  June 5, 6, 7:  9:00-5:00pm   

Session II:  June 12, 13, 14:  9:00-5:00pm  


Basic Water Rescue:  Teaches participants non-swimming rescue skills necessary for childcare providers with pools less than 4 feet deep and less than 16 feet wide where a non-swimming rescue is practical.  This is also a great class for parents and grandparents with pools or other open water.

Cost:  $70.00 member, $80.00 non-member.  

Session:  June 3:  1:00-5:30pm



American Red Cross Lifeguarding Water Front Module:   Must have current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate.  This course will provide additional open water skills useful to those working at beaches or youth camps. Must register by May 30 with American Red Cross.

Cost: Members $75.00, Non-members $85.00

Session:  June 4:  2:30-8:00pm


Cancellation Policy:  All fees will be refunded if we cancel a course.  If you cancel 2 weeks prior to the course we will refund all except a $75.00 administrative fee.  If for some reason you do not pass the prerequisites, you will be offered the next available course.  There will be no refund if you do not pass the prerequisites or drop out during the course.  Space is limited.  You may contact us at 207-795-4050. We are located at 130 East Avenue, Lewiston ME.



  • lsherman@ywcamaine.org

Swim Lessons


Parent & Child Level A: Ages 6 months – 3 years
This class is designed for children who have either no water experience or one previous session of water adjustment lessons.

Parent & Child Level B: Ages 18 months – 3 years
Parents participate with children to learn water adjustment and safety skills. This class is designed for children who: have had two or more previous sessions of water adjustment lessons, or swim independently with flotation.

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 of 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.

Synchronized Swimming: Ages 5-14 years
This class is designed as an introduction to synchronized swimming, focusing on the skills needed for recreational or team participation.