The Portsmouth YMCA aquatics department builds strong kids, strong families and strong ertificationommunities through programs that enrich the lives of all ages. We offer two indoor aquatic facilities to accommodate your personal needs; whether it be recreational or therapeutic. Our programs focus on personal safety, health and wellness, and quality family time. Our trained staff puts safety first and is ready to welcome you and your family to the Y.
Child/Parent Swim Lessons
This is the YMCA Aquatics Program for children six months to five years. All classes are 30 minutes long, and will be taught in the Therapy Pool by nationally certified staff with a low student-teacher ratio to help children safely develop skills and self-confidence in the water.
Preschool Swim Lessons
Classes for 3 to 5 year olds, without a parent. Pike and Eel are the beginner levels. Rays and Starfish must swim and float without assistance.
Youth Swim Lessons
Kids 6 years and older will enjoy the guided discovery methods of learning. Each level of the program promotes total health and fitness using the following five components: personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, personal growth and rescue. Flotation devices and series swimming are used to encourage group participation increasing strength and endurance. Classes are 30 minutes long and taught by nationally certified staff with a low student-teacher ratio help children safely develop skills and self-confidence in the water.
Adult Swim Lessons
Learn to swim or improve your current skills. Classes are available for those 16 years and older. Instruction is provided in the basic strokes and safety skills. The 30 minute classes are structured to help you meet your individual needs. You are never too old to learn to swim.
Private Swim Lessons
Private lessons are available for ages 5 and up, for all levels of swimmers. Each session is 30 minutes long.
This YMCA swimming program for youths age 5 through 18 emphasizes personal improvement in competitive strokes, starts, turns, and times. Swim coach will hold try-outs for swim club eligibility. Must be a Y member to participate.
Condition and tone muscles, burn fat and increase your cardiovascular fitness with this water workout. You do not need to be able to swim to benefit. The one hour class is free to YMCA members. Other water exercise classes include Deep H2O Combo, Water Tai Chi, and individual lap swim.
All classes are led by an Arthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program Instructor. These classes allow participants to exercise without putting excess strain on the joints and muscles, resulting in decreased pain and stiffness. All participants need a doctor’s note of referral and must attend the Basic Arthritis I class to be evaluated.
Basic I / Basic II – New participants must attend this class to be evaluated. This class includes gentle stretching, flexibility, range of motion, toning, and balance exercises.
In Motion – This class includes stretching, range of motion, toning, resistance, and mild cardio conditioning exercises.
Plus – This class includes leg and hip exercises, and includes stretching, range of motion, toning, resistance exercise, and mild cardio conditioning.
Arthritis for the Working Adult – This class includes stretching and exercises for the strengthening of arms and legs without the use of buoys.
Learn American Red Cross Infant, Child & Adult CPR in this course.
This American Red Cross lifeguarding class includes lifeguarding skills, first aid, and CPR/AED skills. Participants must pass a prerequisite swim test and be at least 15 years old. Proof of age must be presented the first day of class. Books and pocket masks are provided. Participants MUST attend every class.
Water Safety Instructor
The American Red Cross WSI course trains participants to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety classes. Participants must be 16 years of age, pass a prerequisite swim test, and a pre-course test. Proof of age must be presented the first day of class. Books are provided. Participants MUST attend every class.