Aquatics Offerings

  Pool Facts:  We are a classified as a Class A pool.  Pool Length is 25 yards or 75 feet.  Pool width is 42 feet.  Pool tank holds 160,000 gallons of water.  Pool heat temperature is kept between 82-84 degrees.

 We are a handicap accessible pool.  There is a handicap ramp and lift to get down the stairs in the hallway, then we have a handicap chair lift to get folks with disabilities in and out of the pool. 

YWCA offers open swim, water fitness classes, swim lessons, therapeutic swim, splash parties and more! Pay as you go with a basic membership or select the aquatics membership that’s right for you and your family! A variety of swim lessons and Aquatics School programs are available to fit everybody’s skills or needs.

We rent our pool out by the half hour or hour to groups – including groups with people who have special needs (including Special Olympians and people of all ages with various disabilities). Rental fees include certified lifeguards as well. Please call our Aquatics Director, Linda Sherman for more information or email her at


For pricing  please go to our Aquatics Pricing Page


Open Swim & Locker Room Age Requirements

Ages 7 & under:

Parents must go into the water with child.  Child may use any locker room with adult supervision.

Ages 8 & 9:

Parents must stay in the building.  Child may go into pool alone only if able to swim without flotation.  Child must use companion locker room or gender appropriate locker room.

Ages 10 & up:

May be in building by themselves.  Must use gender appropriate locker room.


All Ages:

Any non-swimmers parents must go in the water with child.


Swim Schedules can be found here!!


Descriptions of  Swims

Adult Lane Swim: 4 Lanes available for lap swim and 2 lanes for exercising.  Ages 14 & up.

Lap Swim: Participants need to be able to swim continuous laps.  For all ages.

Family Swim:  Two lanes in for lap swim.  Remainder of pool available for free play.

Therapeutic Swim:  People with disabilities and / or chronic illness who would benefit from water therapy.  Must fill in paperwork prior to attending this program.  For all ages.

Magic Y-World:  Come enjoy our wonderful pool transformed into a water park with inflatable floats.  For ages 3 and up.

Women’s Swim: For women of all ages and female parents with male children under age 5. 3 lanes in for lap swim, remainder of pool open.


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

Pre-school Level 1,2 & 3 swim lessons, which focus on the developmental skills of pre-school 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 in 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 front and 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.

Private Lessons

One on-one private lessons are available for all ages.  Children 18 and under rates are $25.00 per half hour, $45.00 per hour. Adults are $35.00 per half hour and $55.00 per hour.  Semi private lessons $40.00 per half hour and $80.00 per hour.  Limited space available, register early to reserve your spot.  Must be a member.  Group and family private sessions available upon request.

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.

Adult Swim Lesson

Ages 15 or 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 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 workout 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.



We are a proud sponsor and supporter of the Maine and local Special Olympics. Each year we host the local aquatic special Olympics


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During inclement weather the YWCA of Central Maine will post late opening, early closings and closing statements on local TV channels 6, 8 and 13.  The YWCA will also change its ext. 110 answering service message with this information.  To access this line please dial 795-4054 ext. 110


The YWCA may change the swim schedule for any unforeseen reasons or close the pool at times for the safety of swimmers.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The YWCA Aquatic Department will offer special pool schedules on some Holidays and school vacations.


YWCA Encore:

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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.

How to register? Contact the Dempsey Center (207) 795-8250 or