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Whether it’s just for recreation or serious competition, the Y offers safe, healthy water sports, swim lessons, and fitness classes for every age and every skill level. We are also a “safety hub” where students can learn the life-saving skills of lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, and more!

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AquAbility At The Y

All Ages

4-week sessions recur monthly

Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA: Mon–Wed, 12–3pm | Thu, 11:30am–3pm | Sun, 10:30am–1:30pm

AquAbility supports people with diverse abilities through programs that increase independence, ability, confidence, health, and well-being. Participants will create individualized goals. Some goals include but are not limited to physical and cognitive goals, communication skills, large and small motor skills, motor planning, motor sequencing, confidence, independence, and water safety skills. These 30-minute private therapeutic aquatic

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ASHI Basic First Aid for Community Members

$35 $55 12+

Caldwell YMCA: Aug 15 | Nov 21
Downtown Boise YMCA: Sep 12 | Dec 12
West Boise YMCA: Oct 3

This class teaches crucial information about how to deal with emergencies like bleeding, shock, burns, strains, fractures, allergic reactions, diabetic emergencies, and seizures.

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ASHI CPR/AED for Community Members

$35 $55 12+

Caldwell YMCA: Aug 15 | Nov 21
Downtown Boise YMCA: Sep 12 | Dec 12
West Boise YMCA: Oct 3

Participants will learn the skills and knowledge needed to provide basic life support in an emergency.

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Build Your Own Swim Class

$45-50 $84-87

Four to five children who are at the same swimming level can be combined in a class during a convenient, unique time. Subject to instructor availability.

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Private Swim Lessons

$45-$150 $65-$225

Private individual instruction is open for any and all skill levels to help meet your particular skill and scheduling needs.

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Semi-Private Swim Lessons

$37.50-$150 ($75 for additional child) $56.25-$225 ($112.50 for additional child)

Two to three friends can get together during a time that works best. These are small group lessons with professional instructors.

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Teen and Adult Swim Lessons

$50 $87 13+
West Boise YMCA: Mon, Wed or Tue, Thu, 5:20–5:50pm
Downtown Boise YMCA: Mon, Wed or Tue, Thu, 7:10–7:40pm

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily

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Y Swim Lessons Instructor Certification

$150 $225 16+

Caldwell Y:
Jul 14-17 (Thu 4-8pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm)

Downtown Boise Y:
Sep 7-12 (Tue 4-10pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm)

West Boise Y:
June 21 -25 (Mon, Thu, Fri 9am-5pm)

Caldwell YMCA: Jul 14-17
Downtown Boise YMCA: Sep 7-12
West Boise YMCA: June 21 -25

This course provides training for instructors who want to teach Y Swimming Lessons. It also provides certification in CPR, AED, and First-Aid. Participants must be 16 years old by the last day of class. Attendance is mandatory for all days of the session for certification.

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YMCA Lifeguard Certification Training

$150 $225 16+

Caldwell YMCA: May 17-19 | Jun 14-19 | Aug 6-13 | Oct 8–15 | Dec 10–17
Downtown Boise YMCA: Mar 20-25 | Jun 14-19  | Aug 22-29 | Oct 3–10 | Dec 18-23

The curriculum includes Lifeguarding certification, Basic Life Support which includes CPR and AED Essentials, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration.

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