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Aquatic Fitness

Aquacise:  A moderate aerobic workout in shallow water.

Aqua Joints: This class offers both the traditional range of motion exercises along with an additional cardiovascular segment. 

Aqua Zumba: Zumba dance and aqua fitness together in a challenging, water-based workout that includes cardio conditioning & body toning. All exercisers from beginner to advanced will enjoy the benefits of an Aqua Zumba class. In Aqua Zumba it is ideal that the water is at chest level when standing.

Hydropower:  A deep water class that raises the heart rate and works all major muscle groups. 

Water Walking: This is a very basic, low-impact, light-intensity workout using the natural resistance of the water to strengthen the core, increase balance, coordination and flexibility. 

Therapy Pool:  An open time in our Therapy Pool. Free to members.

CLICK HERE to download the current Pool Schedule

Swim Lessons

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids. See the graphic below to help determine what stage your child should be in.

If you need assistance determining which level is best for your child, please contact Aquatics Director Felica Dusing at | 712.262.3782.

 For online registration to youth classes, click here .

Safety Around Water

Safety Around Water (formerly Splash) is a national YMCA program that has had great success in many communities. First or second grade children in the Spencer school system have been targeted because drowning is second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States in children of that age group. Children currently enrolled in first or second grade may sign up for the Spencer Family YMCA progressive swim lesson program free of charge whether you are a member or a program participant. This program will be incorporated in the following sessions: Fall I, Fall II, Fall III, Winter I, Winter II, Spring, Summer I & Summer II. Children may only sign up for one session and must be enrolled in first or second grade during the current school year. Please stop by the Member Services Center to sign up!

For Youth Aquatics schedule, please visit our program brochure.

Lifeguard Classes

The Y offers American Red Cross Lifeguard Classes with a Blended Format

Blended Learning Course:

In this blended learning class candidates must complete each step in order to move on to the next step.

Pre-test: Contact Felica Dusing at to sign up for the pre-test or if unable to attend the scheduled pretest sign up for a time to complete it.

Pre-test includes:

  • Swim 300 yards
  • Tread water for two minutes using legs only
  • Retrieve a 10 pound object from a depth of 9 feet and tow it for 25 yards
  • Turn 15 years old by the last day of class
  • Candidates MUST complete all components of the Pre-test in order to be accepted into the rest of the program

7 hours of online/video learning BEFORE the scheduled in-person class times. 

16 hours of in person class hours.


If you need additional information, contact Aquatics Director Felica Dusing at

Adult Swim Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn how to swim, but just couldn't get up enough courage? Our instructors are patient and understanding. Have fun learning basic swimming and safety skills. 

For current Swim Lesson information and schedules, CLICK HERE to download the latest Program Guide.
For more information, contact Aquatics Director Felica Dusing| 712.262.3782