Salem Family YMCA Pools

The Salem Family YMCA has been the leader in aquatics programs and education in the Salem community for nearly a century. Our pools are staffed by friendly, certified lifeguards and experienced instructors teach lessons using the YMCA of the USA’s Swim Lesson Guidelines – THE standard in the industry. In addition, our pools are home to a wide variety of aqua fitness classes, open swim times and lap swimming times.

Beginner Swim Team

The Salem Family YMCA is excited to offer a beginning Swim Team! This team is a perfect fit for the swimmer still taking lessons and developing stroke technique. The emphasis is on fun with the opportunity to participate in Saturday morning swim meets for those swimmers who are ready. Next session starts Wednesday November 6. Please see flyer for details!

  • Ages 6-17
  • Team practices Wednesdays, 6:05-6:50 pm
  • Fall session is November 6-December 18, 2013
  • May compete in a YMCA swim meet with the Sharks Swim Team
  • $35 Y members, $70 potential members
  • Must be able to swim 20 yards non-stop


YMCA Lifeguarding Course!

Prepare now for a job as a lifeguard! Course includes Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED and Oxygen Administration. The Lifeguarding, Oxygen Administration and First Aid certifications are valid for two years, the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification is valid for one year. Our next course is scheduled for Spring Break 2014.  Preregistration and prepayment is required. Please see flyer for more information, including prerequisites. Call 503-399-2792 with questions or you may e-mail Lifeguarding course registration form, to be completed prior to registration.

Pool Birthday Party Package!

The perfect party for a budget conscious parent. Your child and up to ten guests may swim in our pools during Family Swim time and then use the Youth Activity Center afterwards. Must schedule in advance and prepay. Please see flyer for details or call 503-399-2792 or e-mail

YMCA Pool Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to swim? May my children swim without me? The answers to these and other frequently asked questions may be found here!

YMCA aquatics programs are held in two pools located in the lower level of the building. The Large Pool is 20 yards long with four lanes and a depth range of four to nine feet. The pool is heated to 82-84 degrees. The Small Pool is 15 yards long by 40 feet wide, and is 3 to 3 1/2  feet deep. The small pool, also known as the warm pool, is heated to 89-91 degrees.

Pool Schedules & Flyers

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Dolphin Mural in Girls Locker Room painted by Aquatics staff member, Chelene.


Swim Lessons:

Youth Swim Lessons are offered in five week (two lessons per week) or 10 week (one lesson per week) sessions. During the summer we also offer two week sessions with lessons held Monday – Thursday. Please visit our schedules page to find the current swim lesson schedule, and download our guide to choosing the right swim lesson.

Parent/Child Lessons

Parent/Child is the YMCA of the USA program for young children ages 6 months to three years and their parents. Instructors are caring and enthusiastic, placing emphasis on safety, water adjustments, movement, exploration, songs games and fun! An adult accompanies each child into the pool.
$25 member/$50 non-member

Preschool (PERS) Lessons

Pike, Eel, Ray, Starfish (PERS) is the YMCA of the USA’s program for three to five year olds. Children advance through the four levels and can then move up to Progressive Lessons. The teacher/student ratio is 1:5 or better.
$35 member/$65 non-member

Progressive Lessons

This program is for 6 to 14 year olds of all swimming abilities. Children progress through six levels: Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish & Shark. The teacher to student ratio is 1:8 or better.
$35 member/$65 non-member

YMCA Sharks Youth Swim Team

Provides kids with instruction on stroke refinement, provides exercise and teaches kids about teamwork. The Sharks swim team also provides kids with the chance to make friends and build self-esteem. For boys and girls ages six and up. Tryouts are not required, but pre-requisites apply.

  • Novice: $40 member/$65 non-member
  • Intermediate-Advanced: $50 member/$75 non-member