Our facilities help to create year-round opportunities for fun in the water all year long. From swim instruction to water aerobics, the YMCA of Coastal Georgia has options for all ages and abilities to enjoy aquatic fun! Throughout Coastal Georgia, we operate six pools with a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities. For those branches with indoor facilities, we offer year-round aquatic activities and fitness classes. Branches with outdoor facilities are open seasonally from May through September. Dive into a great time at the Y!


Effingham YMCA: Outdoor pool & spray ground, seasonal hours

Golden Isles YMCA: Indoor and Outdoor pool, year-round hours

Habersham YMCA: Outdoor pool & spray ground, seasonal hours

Islands Family YMCA: Outdoor pool & spray ground, year-round hours

Liberty County/Armed Services YMCA: Indoor pool, year-round hours

West Chatham YMCA: Outdoor pool, seasonal hours


From the basics to the back stroke, the Y offers a variety of youth aquatic programs to suit all the needs. Equip your children with the tools they need to be confident in and around water. Through our aquatics programs kids enjoy the healthy benefits of exercise, create new friendships and earn a sense of accomplishments when they learn new skills.

At the Y, we require all swimmers to wear a color coded band, which alerts our lifeguards to their individual level of swimming skill and comfort in the water. To earn a green band and enjoy free reign of the pool, your child can participate in a swim test. Not sure if they’re ready? Check out this helpful video which details the swim testing process:


The Y offers swim lessons year-round! All lessons (private, semi-private and group) focus on stroke development, personal safety, water sports, games, and rescue. Our program is unique in our child-centered learning approach with an emphasis on building self-esteem, both in and out of the water. YMCA lessons are designed to nurture the whole person– spirit, mind, and body.

Our classes are  offered for children as young as six months old, to build confidence and gain comfort in and around water. Find swim lessons here.


For your skilled swimmer, the Y strives to provide an opportunity for swimmers of all ages to build a healthy spirit, mind and body through participating on a competitive swim team in a fun, family atmosphere. Click here to learn more about joining a swim team.



From oceans to lakes to streams to swimming pools, water is everywhere: 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in it! And while water can be an irresistible place for kids to explore, play and enjoy splashy fun, it can be risky for those who haven’t yet developed their water smarts.

The Y’s Safety Around Water curriculum consists of eight lessons designed to teach kids water safety skills that help reduce the risk of drowning and build their skills and confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help kids adjust to being in the water
  • Instruction in two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water: Jump, Push, Turn, Grab and Swim, Float Swim.
  • Safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
  • Fun activities that reinforce skills
Safety Around Water is included in the YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s summer day camp curriculum so that each camper returns home with knowledge of how to stay safe in our Coastal community. Click here to learn more facts about being safe around the water.