An upgraded curriculum created by the YMCA of the USA, our new swim curriculum is based on extensive research, and we look forward to seeing swimmers advance more quickly through the stages. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy water safety while also learning to swim. The fun fish names we previously used to identify the different levels have been replaced with names that more closely relate to the skills we will be working on is each stage. 


Lap swim can be used for swimming laps, water walking and excercising with or without equipment. Lap swim can not be used for open play.  

  • Lap Swim is for members 15 yrs. and older, unless a member of the Y Swim Team. A responsible adult must be on the deck or in the facility for swim team children under the age of 13 yrs.

Family swim time - no reservation is needed. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

Pool Rules:

  • Children 6 and under MUST have a responsible adult with them in the water at all times.
  • Children ages 7-10 that cannot pass the swim test MUST have a responsible adult in the water with them at all times.
  • Parents or guardians of children ages 7-9 who pass the swim test are not required to stay in the pool area as long as they stay in the YMCA facility.
  • Only Coast Guard approved floatation devices are allowed in the pool.




During the month of June, only private swim lessons are available. To schedule, contact Sonia Jaziri, Aquatics Coordinator, at 937-492-9134 or

Not sure what level your child should be in? Check out the Swim Lesson Selector

In-person lessons begin July 6th! • NOTE: For swimmers in Levels 1-3, a parent/adult MUST be in the water with their child.


Parent with Child Lessons 
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Water Discovery/Exploration



Preschool Swim Lessons
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 flide, and exit.
  • Jump, Push, Turn, Grab 

Level 1 Water Acclimation
Level 2 Water Movement 1


  Youth Swim Lessons
Level 2 Water Movement 2
Level 3 Water Stamina
Level 4 Stroke Introduction 
Level 5 Stroke Development
Level 6 Stroke Mechanics

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Available by appointment, please visit the Welcome Center for more information.
Adult Swim Lessons are also available by appointment only. 
Private: 30 Minutes, 45 Minutes
Semi-Private: 30 Minutes, 45 Minutes
Value Packages Available!

Visit our Welcome Center or contact Sonia Jaziri at (937) 492-9134 or


Join the Sidney-Shelby Co. YMCA Stingray Swim Team!

Our Swim Team serves the spirit of competition; keep physically fit and fellowship of the team. We hope to provide each swimmer the opportunity to grow both socially and emotionally, through learning the values of team sportsmanship and team cooperation.  Through the program, we focus on the Y's Core Values: Caring, Responsibility, Honesty, and Respect. Learning and practicing these values is required.


This program is open to all Sidney-Shelby County YMCA members, ages 5 and older. The swimmer must exhibit cometency in the minimum competitive distance for their age group in freestyle and backstroke. The swim season typically runs October through February, with championships in March for those that qualify.


Learn more: contact Sonia Jaziri, Aquatics Coordinator at 937-492-9134, x211 or


Swim Stroke Clinics:

YMCA Swim Team stroke development clinics are for beginner swimmers looking to improve stroke technique, as well as experienced swimmers looking to refine their skills. The stroke clinic focuses on one competitive stroke at a time building technique, strength, speed, starts and turns. Swimmers will be divided into small groups based on swimming ability so that instructors can modify instruction appropriately. Participants should be at least age 5 and one of the following: completed level 3 of YMCA Progressive swim lessons, completed at least 1 year of YMCA swim team, or have approval from the Aquatics Coordinator.

July 21, 23, 28, 30 Freestyle and Backstroke

August 4, 6, 11, 13 Breastroke

August 18, 20, 25, 27 Butterfly


Visit our Welcome Center or call  (937) 492-9134.


Group Water Exercise

We offer shallow water classes and deep water classes that give a cardiovascular workout using the water as resistance, but is easy on the joints. These classes are included with your membership!

For a current list of group exercise class offerings, click here to check out our Program Guide.

*Open Registration for Group Exercise classes begins one week before the start of each new monthly session. Register online or stop by the Welcome Center.

NEXT CLASS WILL BE JANUARY 29-31, 2021. Click here for a flyer with all the details!

Re-Certification by appointment

Blended Learning Courses for Lifeguarding and for CPR (combo of in-person and online) are offered several times throughout the year. 

  • Take the class online. 
  • Visit the Welcome Center to schedule an appointment to complete the in-person part of the course.
  • Receive your CPR certification.

Learn more. Call 937-492-9134 or email


Water Safety Week Videos, Tips & Activities:

Many thanks to our sponsors, Minster Bank, Ruese Insurance, and the Sidney Daily News, for supporting our 2020 Virtual Water Safety Week, June 1-4! This FREE program was presented to the community in an effort to help children learn to feel comfortable and safe around the water.  Even though we were unable to meet in person this year, we hope you had fun! You can find all of our videos and activities on this page. Feel free to re-watch and share!


  • Swimming Safety 101 Video - join our lifeguard, Tammy, as she shares some valuable information about swimming safety!
  • Water Safety Activity Booklet - Feel free to download and print this booklet at home (…/WSW-ColoringAndActivityPages-2020…) - OR, stop by the Y to pick up a printed copy! 
  • Day #1 Safety Tip - Teach the habit of asking permission before getting into any water.  Have your child repeat the phrase “Before I get into the pool, I must always ask first.” This is an IMPORTANT RULE. Children should always ask you or another adult for permission before entering the water. They should always have someone watching them around water; therefore there should always be an adult available to ask.
  • Dry Land Activity, Day #1 - Who’s Watching Me?

               Supplies: Real items used by lifeguards (whistle, swim suit, etc.), Silly items (construction hat, sword, tool belt, fake cell phone, magazine, etc.)

                Set up: Display a mix of both real items used by lifeguards and silly items.

                Play: You put on or hold the items one at a time (if you have more than one child give them each a turn to put on or hold the items while the other(s) perform the next part) Ask your child to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to indicate whether the item helps the person actively supervise people in a pool (Thumbs up) or could distract them (Thumbs down)

                The Takeaway: Active supervision is essential to keeping people safe in the water. Never swim without a lifeguard or adult actively supervising the water.


  • Water Emergencies 101 Video - join our lifeguard, Tammy, as she shares some valuable information about swimming safety!
  • Day #2 Safety Tip - Why shouldn’t you jump into the water to save a friend who is struggling in the water? A panicked person in the water can grab you and pull you under. Use an object to reach out and help pull them back towards the shore or shallow water.
  • Dry Land Activity - Day #2 - Reach, Throw, Don’t Go

                Supplies: A variety of long objects that will float (ex. Pool noodles, broom handles, kickboards, etc.)

                Set up: Divide into teams of 2. Each group gets an object that floats

                Play: Each pair stands facing each other a little farther than arm’s length apart. The pairs practice reaching towards each other to pass the object back and forth, then take a step back to practice tossing the object back and forth. Next, the pairs lie on their tummies to practice passing the object back and forth, using multiple objects to see which one works best.

                The Takeaway: If someone is in trouble in the water, reach out with a long object to throw something that floats. NEVER jump in to help; in a panic, a person can easily pull you under, even if he or she is smaller than you.


  • Public Pools and Waterparks 101 video - join our lifeguard, Tammy, as she shares some valuable information about swimming safety!
  • Day #3 Safety Tip - What are some things you can do to keep your child safe in a public pool, your pool, or a friend’s back yard pool? Teach them to keep their hands, fingers, feet, and toes out of any openings in the pool, such as grates or filters. This promotes safe practices in all pools.
  • Dry Land Activity - Waterpark Packing

            Supplies: A bag big enough to hold all the items needed, Supplies for going to the waterpark (Ex. A towel, water bottle, sunscreen, etc.), silly supplies (a construction hat, tool belt, etc.)

            Set up: Place the bag open on the ground beside the items. After going over what items you would need at a water park with your child, put them in a pile with the silly items

            Play: (Multiple Children) run a relay race either split them into teams or time them. One at a time goes up to the pile and finds an item that they would need at the water park. They then put it in their team’s bag before heading back so the next team member can go. First team to put all of and only water park items into the bags wins. If the relay is timed, they need to put all and only waterpark items in before time runs out.

                     (Single Child) When you say go, you start the clock. The go to the pile and pack the bag with only items that are needed at the waterpark. They want to beat the clock to win.

            The Takeaway: The items needed to stay safe at the water park so that they can also have fun. Seeing which items are the same or may be different from what they need to take on a boat, to the beach, or to a public pool.


  • Open Water 101: Beaches, Boats & Lifejackets videojoin our lifeguard, Tammy, and special guest, Firefighter Josh, as they share some valuable information about swimming safety!
  • Day #4 Safety Tip - Everyone, even strong swimmers, should wear a life jacket at all times when participating in water sports, boating, or watercraft activities. In case of an accident, a life jacket helps individuals float until help arrives. A proper life jacket should have the United States Coast Guard’s seal of approval on the inside of the jacket. 
  • Dry Land Activity - Life Jacket Race

Supplies: A bucket of water, a life jacket that fits your child (a sleeveless vest will work as a substitution if you cannot find or do not have a life jacket in your child’s size, a puddle jumper works as well), and flotation items that are not U.S. Coast guard approved

            Set up: Place a pile of floatation items in the center of the playing area. Have a bucket of water near you. Have your child stand near the items. Have a life jacket that fits your child.

            Play: First, show your child how to put their life jacket on properly and how they should take it off. Then, you set it at their feet with other floating items all piled up. When you say ‘go’, your child needs to grab the life jacket out of the pile, put it on properly, and sit down before the time (30-60 sec. depending on their age) is up. If they are unsuccessful, you will splash the bucket of water over them since they have ‘gone overboard)

            The Takeaway: Coast Guard approved life jackets are made of a material that naturally floats in water and they have a seal of approval, unlike unapproved flotation devices (ex. Arm floaties). Nonswimmers and anyone participating in watercraft activities should wear approved life jackets.