Adult Aquatics

The YMCA is committed to equip swimmers of all skill levels with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, opportunities to bond with family and friends, and the sense of accomplishment when learning new skills. With lap swimming, open and family swim times, water exercise classes, swim lessons and the Gators swim team, the YMCA is well equipped to provide an enjoyable outlet of fun and fitness for the entire family! The Fercho YMCA also offers programs, services and equipment for those with special needs.

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Lap Swimming

Spare your joints and get an impactful cardiovascular workout by lap swimming! It’s a great full-body workout, elevating your heart rate and burning calories. We provide equipment to help vary the challenge and make lap swimming more enjoyable, like kickboards, pull buoys, fins, and more. Our certified lifeguards are always on hand to assist you with locating available equipment. To view reserved pool time for Lap Swimming, view our Aquatic Schedule.

YMCA Lap Swimming is for ages 15+. Youth ages 12-14 can earn access into the deep end of the Lap Pool within arms-length of a parent/guardian, or unsupervised after completing the Y’s Youth Exercise Concepts Course, which consists of a one-hour session with a fitness associate.

Lap Swim Foundations

New to lap swim? Our Aquatics staff will show you where the lap swim equipment is stored and how to use it! You’ll also learn how to share lanes and some swimming basics to get you started on a lap swim workout. FREE for members! No registration required – just show up!

Sundays: 11 – 11:45am (Sept – May) Mondays: 12 – 12:45pm

50 & 300 Mile Swim Challenges

Members may swim 50 or 300 miles in the pool and earn a t-shirt for reaching each target! Swimming must be done at the Fercho YMCA, in the Large Lap Pool. Record your miles as you go and see how far you can make it! Go at any pace and join whenever you want! Please notify an Aquatics staff member once you’ve reached a target. Swim Challenges are for ages 15+.

Swimming Lessons

Adult Swimming Lessons help participants progress at their own pace. Whether it is overcoming fear and anxiety about the water, developing basic water skills or working on endurance and efficiency, this is a great class for all levels.


Fercho YMCA Ages 16+ Mondays or Wednesdays 7:00 – 7:30pm

Fall Session 1

September 3 – October 19 Members: $52.50 Non-Members: $105

Fall Session 2

October 21 – December 14 Members: $60 Non-Members: $120
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Adult Swim Training

Adult Swim Training is designed for triathletes or anyone wanting a challenging swim workout! This class combines interval swimming and other in-water exercises with dry-land, body weight exercises for a full-body workout. A coach will help you improve your technique and reach your swimming goals. All levels welcome – and exercises are adaptable if you prefer not to exit the water! No registration required – just show up! FREE for members!


Ongoing – kicks off September 4! Fercho YMCA Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 – 7:00am Ages 19+

More Information

Members: FREE! Non-Members: Day Pass Rates Apply. Contact Gators Coach Erich for a free trial: 701.364.4151

Water Group Fitness Classes

Group Fitness Classes in the water are great for those trying to improve their cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and range of motion through continuous resistance and limited impact. Our varying levels of class difficulty and routines will provide opportunities for you to get an intense, interval-style workout, or simply stretch your muscles. To view reserved pool time for Water Group Fitness Classes, view our Aquatic Schedule.

YMCA Group Fitness Classes are for ages 15+. Youth ages 12-14 can earn access into Group Fitness Classes within arms-length of a parent/guardian, or unsupervised after completing the Y’s Youth Exercise Concepts Course, which consists of a one-hour session with a fitness associate. 

Water Exercise Foundations
Join us to learn everything you’ll need to know to jump into a Water Exercise class! You’ll learn what to expect from a class, where equipment is stored, some basics, and more!

Upcoming Dates:

Check back later for class dates and details. 

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Adaptive Swimming

Open Adaptive Swim Time in our Aquatic Center is for youth and adults with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment. To view reserved pool time for Adaptive Open Swim, view our Aquatics Schedule. Adaptive Swimming is for all ages.

Safety Education

The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties offers Red Cross safety education courses. Lifeguard and Babysitting Trainings allow participants to learn life-saving skills and become certified for fun and rewarding jobs. YMCA aquatics staff even have the ability to work year-round! The YMCA also offers CPR/AED classes for adult, child, and infant certifications as well as first aid. Attendance at all class times listed is mandatory. For more information and to view upcoming class dates, visit the Safety Education web page.

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For more information on YMCA Aquatics, please contact Max Ommen at 701.364.4168 or