Kernersville Family YMCA


The Kernersville Family YMCA offers swim lessons, water fitness classes, Swim Team, four pools, two of which are open to the public for a daily rate, and a water park.

View our Youth Swim Guidelines

For more information, please contact: Erin Hight, Aquatics Director, at or (336) 996-2231

Program Pool Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 5:30am-9:00pm
Friday: 5:30am-8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-5:30pm
Sunday: 1:00-5:30pm
View our program pool schedule


Outdoor Pool: Open Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day

Opening Day: May 23 (Memorial Day weekend)

Closing Day: September 7 (Labor Day)

Outdoor Pool Hours
May 23-June 12 & August 24-September 6 (While school is in session)

Water Park
Monday- Friday: 1:00-7:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am-12:00pm Members ONLY
12:00-7:30pm open to the public
Sunday: 1:00-5:30pm

Slide Pool
Monday-Friday 4:00-7:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am-12:00pm Members ONLY
12:00-7:30pm open to the public
Sunday: 1:00-5:30pm

June 13-August 23

Water Park & Slide Pool
Monday-Saturday: 10:30am-12:00pm Members ONLY
12:00-7:30pm open to the public
Sunday: 1:00-5:30pm

Holiday Hours

Memorial Day: 10:30am-6:00pm
July 4: 10:30am-6:00pm
Labor Day: 10:30am-6:00pm

View our community pool schedule


2015 Memorial Day-Labor Day Information
Youth Resident $6.00 Youth Non-Resident $10.00
Individual Resident $9.00 Individual Non-Resident $15.00
Household Resident $25.00 Household Non-Resident $40.00

Please note:

  • Under 2 years old is free
  • Youth is considered 2 years of age through 5th grade
  • Household is considered 2 adults and all dependents (under the age of 23) living in the same household
  • All children under 6th grade must pass a swim test to use the slides
  • A member must be at least 16 to bring in a guest
  • All guests 16 and older must provide a government issued ID each visit
  • Any guest under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (16 years plus) at all times
  • Guest fee does not include access to Nursery/Youth Fit access. This is a member-only area Memorial Day-Labor Day
  • Away Members and Association Members fee: $5 per person or $20 for a household

Weather Policy

If thunder is heard or lightning is seen, the lifeguards will close all indoor and outdoor pools and clear the pool decks. All pools must remain closed until 30 minutes after the last thunder or lightning is observed, as per insurance and YMCA guidelines.

Rain Check Policy

If the outdoor pools close for the day before 4:00pm, your entire receipt will act as a rain check for a free future visit. (No cash refunds will be awarded)

*YMCA staff and lifeguards have the final call*



Lifeguard Certification Classes

During this class, participants will learn life-saving rescue skills for an Aquatic Environment. Once a participant takes the classes and passes the skills and written test, they will be certified as a YMCA Lifeguard for 2 years.

Lifeguard Course Prerequisites:

  • Complete medical clearance (recommended)
  • Minimum age 16. If under the age of 18, participant must have parental consent to take this course.
  • Pass the following swimming test:
    • Tread water for two minutes without using arms then swim a 100 front crawl
    • Swim a 50 each of front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, breaststroke kick on back
    • Feet first surface dive to bottom, swim 15 feet, then surface
    • Sprint approximately 20 meters, arm first surface dive to retrieve an object, then tread water for 1 minute without using hands
    • Replace object on bottom, climb out of pool and perform 100 CPR compressions.

Must be able to accomplish these tasks:

  • Remain alert, with no lapses in consciousness
  • Sit for extended periods, including in an elevated chair
  • Move to various locations, including in and around an elevated chair
  • Communicate verbally, including projecting the voice across distances
  • Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment
  • Observe all areas of the aquatic environment
  • Perform all needed rescues and survival skills
  • Think in the abstract, solve problems, make decisions, instruct, evaluate, supervise, and remember
  • Will possess the skills to operate alone as a lifeguard, with or without other lifeguard support.

Click here to view our upcoming classes.

Swim Lessons

Session Dates

Swim Lessons – Class Descriptions

Preschool Swim Lessons ages 3-5

Thirty minute classes. Swim diapers required for those who are not Potty-trained.

Pike: No skills required. Water readiness.
In class: will learn to blow bubbles put, face in water and proper kicking, paddling, and front and back floats with use of flotation devices and water safety.

Eel: Skills required: Put face in water, float on back and front w/ assistance, jump in swim 5 feet without flotation.
In class: Will learn to bob, kick on back, front and back float, swim without assistance 15 feet, water games and synchronized swimming skills and water safety.

Ray: Skills required: Swim without flotation device 15 feet (half way across pool), float on front and back, and jump into water without help.
In class: Will learn front crawl, elementary backstroke, treading water, synchronized swimming skills, and water safety and game activities.

Starfish: Skills required: Tread water, swim 25 feet using a modified crawl stroke and swim on back.
In class: Will learn survival float, kneeling and sitting dives, boating safety, to coordinate front crawl with rotary breathing and back crawl 25 yards.

Youth Swim Lessons ages 6-12

Classes are 45 minutes.

Polliwog: No skills required. In class: Will be introduced to the front crawl, front and back floats, putting face in water and personal safety skills.

Guppy: Skills required: Blow bubbles, put face in water, float on front and back, and swim 15 feet without assistance.
In class: Will learn to tread water, rudimentary 25 yards front and back crawl, rotary breathing, jump into deep end, and kneeling dive.

Minnow: Skill required: Rudimentary 25 yd. front and back crawl, rotary breathing, jump in deep end, and tread water for 30 seconds.
In class: Will build endurance swimming; reinforce fundamentals of front crawl, elementary backstroke, and diving. Introduction to breaststroke. Emphasize rescue and safety skills.

Fish/Flying Fish/Shark: Skills required: Swim two lengths of both front crawl and back stroke in good form. Can dive in water.
In class: Will learn to perform 50 yards of each: breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly and open turns.

TYDE Swim Team
You can also find information on developmental and competitive swimming options by visiting our YMCA Swim Team, TYDE, online at


Home School Swim

Swim Lessons are a great component to Youth Development and help teach a necessary life skill. We teach all swimming levels from Beginners to Advanced! Our lessons emphasize aquatic safety, stroke development, and water skills and competencies. – Ages 4+

Home School P.E. Swim

This class is designed for school-age children looking for a swimming component to add to their PE program. An instructor will supervise, interact, and play aquatic games with participants. It’s fun physical fitness in the water! – Ages 6+


Monday & Wednesday
September 2-30
Tuesday & Thursday
September 1-24
September 12-26 (No lessons Labor Day weekend)
September 13-27 (No lessons Labor Day weekend)
Home School Lessons
August 31-September 28

Classes Offered and Times

Parent-Child Water Safety (6-36 months)
30 minute classes
Saturday: 9:30am
Sunday 1:30pm
Preschool (3-5 years)
30 Minute Class
Monday & Wednesday: 5:30pm, 6:15pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 5:30pm, 6:15 pm
Saturday: 10:15am
Sunday: 2:15pm
Mon-Thurs: 9:15am, 10:00am, 1:45pm
Youth (6-12 years)
45 Minute Class
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am
Sunday: 3:00pm
Mon-Thurs: 10:45am, 2:30pm
Adult (13 and older)
45 Minute Class
Saturday: 8:30 am
45 minute class
Mondays or Wednesdays at 11:15am
Tuesdays or Thursdays at 12:00pm
Thursdays P.E. at 11:15am

Registration and Pricing

Mon/Wed Classes
$44/members, $85/potential members
Tues/Thurs Classes
$44/members, $85/potential members
Saturday Classes
$16.50/members, $33/potential members
Sunday Classes
$16.50/members, $33/potential members
Home School Classes
Sign up for as many days in the week as you want!
Home School Swim
Mondays or Wednesdays: $22/members, $44/potential members
Tuesdays or Thursdays: $22/members, $44/potential members
Thursdays P.E.: $20


Contact Geri Van Brunt at (336) 996-2231 or for any additional information.

Private Swim Lessons

At the Kernersville Family YMCA, we strive to support our community by teaching and developing life-long skills such as learning how to swim and staying safe around aquatic environments. Whether you are looking to help your child pass the swim test, train for a triathlon, or have someone who just needs some extra 1-on-1 instruction in the water, we have coaches and instructors to fit your needs. Lessons can be scheduled at your convenience; Private Swim Lessons are about YOU!

Have a favorite instructor? Request them!

Prices below are per participant.

Private (1 participant)

Members: $30 per lesson/$150 for 6 lessons
Potential Members: $60 per lesson/$300 for 6 lessons

Semi-Private (2-3 participants)

Members: $100 per individual for 6 lessons
Potential Members: $200 per individual for 6 lessons

private group Lessons (4-6 participants)

Members: $42 per individual for 6 lessons
Potential Members: $72 per individual for 6 lessons

Click here for the registration form.

Times & Dates

Lessons can be scheduled around you and your instructor’s availability within the pool’s operating hours.


Geri Van Brunt at 996.2321

Homeschool Programs

We now have multiple great options for you to choose from!


This program takes the same form as our traditional lesson program but is designed to meet the scheduling needs of our home school families. All levels will be taught from Beginners to Advanced.

Swim Lessons are a great component to Youth Development and help teach a necessary life skill. We teach all swimming levels from Beginners to Advanced! Our lessons emphasize aquatic safety, stroke development, and water skills and competencies. Ages 4 and up.


Monday and/or Wednesday: 11:15am–12:00pm
Tuesday and/or Thursday: 12:00–12:45pm

August 31-September 28


$22/members per session for 1 class a week for 4 weeks

$44/potential members per session for 1 class a week for 4 weeks


Fun and games in the water. This class is designed for school-age children who are looking for a swimming component for their PE program. This program is aligned with our land-based Home School PE. An instructor will supervise, interact with, and play aquatic games with participants. It’s fun physical fitness in the water! Ages 6 and up.

When: Thursdays from 11:15am-12:00pm

August 27-October 1

Cost: Flat rate of $20 for first child, $10 for each additional child

Water Fitness

The Kernersville Family YMCA offers a variety of Water Aerobics Classes in order to meet the needs of many levels of fitness. Classes are free to members.

View our Water Fitness Schedule

Water Fitness Class Descriptions

All classes are 45 minutes in length

Adaptable: Range of motion exercise for those that have had surgery, have fibromyalgia, bursitis and/or arthritis. Meets: M/W/F

Aqua Boot Camp: An intense workout combining exercises on the land and in the water for an exhilarating, pulse racing challenge. Community Pool. Meets: M/W

Aqua Fit I & II: Combines cardiovascular workout and major muscle toning in water. Varieties include kickboxing, water walking and whole body toning. Meets: M/W/Sat

Aqua Zumba: This is a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. Program Pool. Meets: Tues/Sat

Deep Water: Work out in the deep water using a water walking belt. This class is a great aerobic exercise. Meets: T/Th

Deeply Devoted: Work out in the deep water using a water walking belt. This class is great aerobic exercise and will help with core, shoulder and arm strength. Meets: M/T/W/Th/F

Gentle Waves: Exercise in shallow water at your comfort level. Meets: M/W/F

Liquid Energy: A highly energized workout in the shallow end. Meets: T/Th

One on One: Designed for the participant who wants to exercise in the water and has had recent surgery, hip replacement or arthritis. Medical clearance, in written form, is required before you begin. This instruction is offered for an additional fee. Please contact Chris Brady (ext. 108) or Amelia Templeton (ext. 122) at 996- 2231 to get started.

Shallow H2O: Exercise in shallow water at a higher intensity. Meets: M/W/F

Wake Up Call: Start your day right with this moderate to intense deep water workout. We will start those calories burning and get those sleepy muscles moving. Great for early birds. Meets: T/Th beginning Tuesday, September 3

Water Walking: A low impact walking class, with gentle exercises for arms and legs, designed to increase mobility and flexibility in very stiff and weak muscles and joints. Meets: M/W/F

Wild Card: Using moves ranging from marching to kickboxing, you will get great cardio workout that changes EVERY class! Meets: M/W/F

TYDE Swim Team

TYDE Swim Team

Ages: open to all ages who meet the prerequisite

TYDE is a USA Swimming and YMCA swim team offering a full range of competitive programming for all ages. Originally started in 1973 as WSY, we have grown to become one of the largest and most respected swim teams in North Carolina and across the country. Whether you are looking for a gentle introduction to competitive swimming, a nationally ranked training program or anything in between, TYDE has what you’re looking for!

Learn more at

YMCA Splash

Our Splash program is a YMCA program that teaches

  • Pool Safety
  • Backyard Pool Safety
  • Beach Safety
  • Boat Safety
  • Water Park Safety

Each Safety day includes a video module with workbook and a swim module.  Children learn safety as well as basic swim skills. Splash is included in our monthly swim lessons as well as offered as a Summer Camp.