Swimming Trainer with Students

Swim Lessons

YMCA Swim Lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit you for a lifetime. Swim lessons nurture swim skills, develop self-esteem and create positive experiences that leave a lasting impression. Group swim instruction was developed by the YMCA in 1906 and we continue to serve as America's Swim Instructor.


Classes do reach a capacity so don’t miss out and sign up now!

Please contact Katie King at kking@orymca.org or 417-881-1599 with questions.

*$10 late fee after deadline, Youth Memberships do not qualify for member discount


See our policy on staff conduct with minors.



(ages 6-36 months)

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers ages 6-36 months learn to be safe and comfortable in the water. This class focuses on
exploring body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences.


(ages 3-5 years)

This class for kids ages 3-5 encourages safe water exploration through the introduction of basic self-rescue skills. Preschoolers learn
the swim-float-swim sequence in addition to the jump-push-turn-grab safety sequence.

School Age

(ages 6-14 years)

Students ages 6-14 continue to master the fundamentals of swimming and build stroke technique. Kids work on treading water, learn the
front and back crawls, breaststroke and butterfly to build confidence in the water and cultivate a passion for aquatic activity.


4-class sessions:



8-class sessions:



Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private swim lessons are a great option for swimmers looking to catch up or get ahead. These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or master swimming skills. You set the agenda by working with the instructor to determine goals. Curriculum is customized to meet these goals.


Private swim lessons are available for anyone ages 6 months and up. Class times are appointment-based only.

Private lesson pricing

(6 sessions):

$110/YMCA Family Members

$150/Non-Family Members

Semi-Private lesson pricing

(6 sessions; 2 children at the same level):

$140/YMCA Family Members

$170/Non-Family Members


Please contact Katie King at kking@orymca.org or 417-881-1599 with questions.


See our policy on staff conduct with minors.


Swim Team


Swim like a fish with the Pat Jones YMCA Swim Team! Register year-round for this program that emphasizes teamwork, sportsmanship and personal achievement.

Requirements: All swimmers must be able to swim at least 25 Meters across unassisted and without rest.



Ages 5-18





Practice times:

Tuesday & Thursday

 4:30-5:15 pm

at the Pat Jones YMCA

Intermediate & Advanced

Ages 5-21





Practice times:

Monday / Wednesday / Friday 4:30-6:00 pm

at the Pat Jones YMCA

Piranhas Coach: Kolbe


At the beginner level swimmers are taught the 4 strokes that are used in competitive swim (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle).

They will be taught to perform each of these strokes at a legal level for the Highland Area Association. These swimmers will also be learning the 4 legal turns for each of the 4 strokes.

The most important thing these swimmers will be learning is that swimming is not just a great place to make friends, but also to have fun and enjoy swimming.


With this group knowing the basic knowledge of each stroke and turns, these swimmers will start to build and improve on each stroke technique and turn. This group will also start building into difficult practices and endurance workouts and, introduced to interval training.


At our highest-level group these swimmers will be building on into even more precise stroke techniques and turns. In this group swimmers will be exposed to difficult workouts with much more interval-based sets.


Adaptive Swim Lessons

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Our adaptive swim lessons are specifically tailored for participants with diverse abilities. No matter their age, swimming ability, level of physical development or confidence in water. No previous swimming experience necessary. Spots are limited. 

Tuesday/Thursday: 4 Week Sessions (8 classes)

Time: 4:45pm

$70/YMCA Family Members

$100/Non-Family Members

Registration Deadline: Thursday before start date

Saturday: 4 Week Sessions (4 classes)

Times: 10:30am and 11:15am

$35/YMCA Family Members

$50/Non-Family Members

Registration Deadline: Tuesday before start date

Please contact Katie King at kking@orymca.org or
417-881-1599 with questions.


See our policy on staff conduct with minors.



  • Water polo has never before provided an all-inclusive introductory program to allow kids to try the game, until Splashball.

  • Splashball is designed to introduce the sport of water polo to children ages 5+.

  • It harnesses all the fun and dynamic aspects of the game in a safe and easy-to-learn aquatic experience that will motivate kids to swim and stay fit.


Time:         6:15-7:15 pm

Day:           Monday & Wednesday

Fees:          $50/Members


Location:    Pat Jones YMCA

Ages:          5-10 years

Please contact Katie King at kking@orymca.org or

417-881-1599  with questions.


See our policy on staff conduct with minors.


Lifeguard Certification Class

This course is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer.


The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and how to take action to help those in danger when necessary. The course includes accident prevention, guarding techniques, pool management and even more safety skills.

Age: Must be 15 years old by the last day of class

Prerequisites: Must pass all required swimming skills and rescue skills to receive certification. If you continue in the class after the prerequisite swim and you do not pass the course you will not be issued a refund.

Attendance: You must attend all days and all times in full to receive your certification. Make-up classes will not be issued for your absence.

Required swimming skills:

  • Swim 300 meters using the front crawl and breaststroke (goggles may be used)

  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only

  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds without goggles: Starting in the water, you must swim 20 yards with your face in or out of the water, surface dive feet or head first to a depth of 8 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face out of the water, then exit the water.

Contact Katie King at kking@orymca.org or 417-881-1599 with questions.

See our policy on staff conduct with minors.


/AED/First Aid Course




Class times:

Week Classes: Tuesday - Friday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

March 15 - 18

June 1- 4

(Weekend Classes) 

January 29 - February 1

February 26 - March 1

April 23 - 26

May 7 - 10

Friday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm

Monday:  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lifeguard Recertification





Class times:

8:00 am - 6:00 pm


March 6

April 3

May 1

June 12





Class times:

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


June 21 - 25

July 12 - 16


  11 - 14


  • Swim 25 Meters (Freestyle & Breaststroke)

  • Tread Water for 2 Minutes (No Hands)

  • Retrieve a 10 pound block from bottom of pool




-    Track your mileage (with a lifeguard)
-    Swim 100 miles
-    All ages welcome

-    Complete 100 miles and receive a t-shirt!


Location: Pat Jones YMCA 
Fee: $10/Members 
Starts: February 1- October 31, 2021

For more information, contact Katie King at kking@orymca.org or


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