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Special Aquatics

All classes teach personal safety, pool rules and improve stroke development.

Youth Special Aquatics

Special Needs With Caregiver (Ages 7+)

This class is designed to create a safe environment for learning water safety, along with the basic swimming fundamentals for people with special needs. The caregiver needs to accompany the child in the water.

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Pre-competitive Swim (Ages 6 - 12)

Looking for a great introduction of a swim team experience? This pre-competitive swim class will be led by swim team experienced instructors, who will prepare swimmers for swim team. Emphasis is on developing & refining the mechanics of the four competitive strokes & increasing endurance.

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Home School Lessons

Designed for children to be water safe and comfortable in the water while learning swim skills.

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Birthday Party Rentals

Interested in hosting a child’s birthday party at the Edwardsville YMCA? Kids 8 years old and up have full access to: Exclusive use of the party room with tables, chairs, microwave, and EXCLUSIVE USE of Either Pool 1 or Pool 2 during scheduled times.
1st hour is spent in the party room for cake and presents while the 2nd hour is spent in pool with lifeguard supervision.

Pool choice must be indicated 1 week before the party. Parties do not include: party decoration items, food, or serving/tableware. Decorations can be brought in and hung 15 minutes prior to the start of the party. NO access to the fitness center, gymnasium, pool viewing room or other program areas of the building.

Saturday 2:00 – 4:15pm (Room 2:00 – 3:10pm • Pool 3:15 – 4:15pm)
Sunday 12:15 – 2:30 (Room 12:15 – 1:25pm • Pool 1:30 – 2:30pm)

20 Swimmers: Members $300 • Non-Members $400
Additional Per Guest (Max 10): Members $12 • Non-Members $15 for full participation swimming and party room

Gunnar Kohlbrecher, Aquatics Coordinator
Email: gkohlbrecher@edwymca.com | Phone: 618-656-0436 x 2316
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Adult Special Aquatics

Teen & Adult Swim 1: Beginner (Ages 12+)


Starting with the basics in Teen/Adult Level 1, students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit
  • Jump, push, turn and grab

This is a great class for beginners, or anyone who has not taken any type of formal lessons before!

Stages: 1: Water Acclimation, 2: Water Movement

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Teen and Adult 2: Intermediate (Ages 13+)

ADULT & TEEN 2: Intermediate

After mastering the basics, Level 2 is more about building endurance to swim multiple lengths of the pool at a time, with a brief introduction to all four strokes. Students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique.

This level is great for those who can swim maybe a half a length of the pool to a full length of front crawl, or have some basic swimming skills like treading water or ability to float on their stomachs/backs.

Stages: 3: Water Stamina & 4: Stroke Introduction

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Teen and Adult 3: Advanced (Ages 13+)


Level 3 is for those who can swim full laps and would like more in depth instruction…but are not quite ready to take on a Masters Swimming practice yet. Level 3 class works to build endurance and stroke technique, develop skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Stages: 5: Stroke Development & 6: Stroke Mechanics

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Master's Swim (Ages 18+)

Drop-in Class. Training for a triathlon? Just want to get back into the swim of things? Masters Swim is for the serious adult swimmer looking to improve time or to compete year round. Must be or become a member of Masters program.

Tues & Thurs 6:40 – 7:45pm • Niebur Center Indoor Pool 1

Personalized Swim Lessons

Personalized Swim Lessons (Youth Ages 3-12 & Adults 13+)

The Personalized Swim Lessons program is designed to help each student overcome specific problems they are experiencing. Our experienced and professional staff is happy to work with you on areas of concern to help you reach your swimming goals! Due to high demand, placement is based on instructor availability, we appreciate your patience and understanding. Limited to 2 students per instructor. 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 depends on instructor availability.

1 Time A Week

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Family Fun Nights

Gunnar Kohlbrecher, Aquatics Coordinator
Email: gkohlbrecher@edwymca.com | Phone: 618-656-0436 x 2316

Family Fun Nights in the Pool *NEW*

Come to the Edwardsville YMCA Niebur Pools for an evening of family fun! Each month will be a themed night so come decked out in your apparel! We can’t wait to see you and your family members there. All funds raised through these family fun nights will go towards the Edwardsville YMCA’s Annual Campaign.
*Any child under 8 years of age must have an adult in the water with them.*

January 12th (Luau)
February 9th (Valentine’s)
March 22nd (Easter Egg Hunt)

Fridays • 6:00 – 8:30pm • Niebur Pools 1 & 2
Per Family: Members $20 • Non-Members $35

Early Registration is encouraged, but not required.

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