YMCA of the Sandhills



YMCA of the Sandhills offers a year-round indoor pool at the 2717 Fort Bragg Road Branch for recreational, instructional, and competitive use. Seasonally, our outdoor aquatic center, Rae Of Hope, at 2400 Hope Mills Road, opens for community swim lessons, summer day camp, and swim team practice. Join the Y and gain access to swim lessons, water fitness, lap swim, aqua zumba, lifeguard training, recreational swim, stroke refinement classes, and much more!


June swim lesson schedule
June Pool Schedule

Register now for April lessons!

Private Lesson Request Form

Swim Class Stage Descriptions

Group Lessons- Our group lesson classes meet either two days week, Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday or once a week on Saturdays for 8 total classes.

Bring in a friend to sign up for GROUP lessons and get $10 off! Call or go into the Sandhills YMCA and register for a private lesson with our instructors.

Parent-Child has 2 stages of progression and Preschool has 3 stages of progression for eight 30-minute timeframes. YOUTH classes have 6 stages of progression for eight 40-minute lessons.

Youth Conditioning - This class is designed for stroke refinement and is an hour long. Building technique, conditioning, and enhancing endurance. Participant must be able to swim multiple laps, be able to do flip turns, dives, and have the fundamentals of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.

Adult- Our adult swim class is for all levels of ability from the first-time swimmers to the advanced swimmers who need refinement on their strokes and skills. Adults are taught all the essential swim skills, strokes, and techniques needed to become a comfortable and competent swimmer. This class is 45 minutes long.

Family Value Members $34 for 8 lessons

Members $42 for 8 lessons

Non-members $72 for 8 lessons

Private Lessons- These lessons are designed to give participants individualized attention with one instructor to achieve their swim goals.

Members $89 for four 30-minute lessons

Non-Members $109 for four, 30-minute lessons

Family Private Lessons- These lessons are designed to give famiy bonding, focused on growth and a chance to achieve their swim goals at different skill levels. Must include at least one parent or guardian and children must live in the same household.

Three or four participants $169 for six, 30 minute lessons

Five or more participants $220 for six, 30 minute lessons

YMCA Aquatic Classes:

Water Aerobics Classes:

Unlimited Access for Y Members!

We offer three levels of water aerobics, high impact, intermediate, and arthritic classes. The high impact class is for someone who is in good physical shape and is looking for fast pace and challenging work out that will raise their heart rate and work both upper and lower body muscles. The intermediate class still provides a strong work out routine, however; it is done at a slower pace and is geared more towards someone who is just begining a quest for physical fitness. The arthritic class is designed to increase range of motion and flexibility at a slower pace. Each of these classes are 45 minutes in length and taught by certified instructor.

We now offer Aqua Yoga! The class will focus on balance, flexibility, strength, and breath work all in a warm water environment. No matter your exercise level or experience, Aqua Yoga is suitable and accessible to all.

YMCA Aquatic Certification Programs

Contact the YMCA today for first aid training and lifeguard courses!

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class (5-day course)


The Lifeguard Class provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illness until EMS personnel take over.


American Red Cross LIFEGUARD Certification

$50 Non-Refundable Pre-Test & Skill Assessment Fee Due at Registration for ALL Applicants.

YMCA Members, $140 Course Cost Due on the 1st day of class when accepted into the course.

Non-Members, $190 Course Cost Due on the 1st day of class when accepted into the course.

Requirements: Must be 15 years old on or before the last day of class and pass a pre-course Skills Assessment that includes: retrieving a submerged brick at 7-9ft of water, and a 300-yd. freestyle/breaststroke swim. Attendance at all class meeting times is required, as well as completing all assignments, and a passing score of the American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens tests. In order to receive certification, the course fee must be paid IN FULL by the due date.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification / Refresher Class: Certificate must still be active

$75 + $50 Non-Refundable Registration & Skill Assessment Fee

Requirements: For experienced lifeguards who are needing to re-certify or refresh their skills, and whose certificate has NOT YET EXPIRED.

American Red Cross Community or Professional CPR/AED/First Aid:

$85 for the certification course

The YMCA offers certified CPR classes, for the professional and health care providers. In order to receive your certification you must attend all classes, complete all assignments, and be able to pass the final exam with a minimum of 80% accuracy. CPR classes are held on the Saturday from 8:00am-5:00pm, which coincide with the American Red Cross Lifeguard certification class.

American Heart Association CPR/AED BLS:

$40 for the certification course

The YMCA provides certification in BLS for the Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver. You must attend all class time and pass both the skills test and receive a 84% or higher on the written exam.Contact the Aquatics department for more information at 910-426-9622 ext. 103

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification Class:


$45 Non-Refundable Pre-Test & Skill Assessment Fee Due at Registration for ALL Applicants.

YMCA Members, $155 Course Cost Due on the 1st day of class when accepted into the course.

Non-Members, $205 Course Cost Due on the 1st day of class when accepted into the course.

Lifeguard discount offer for Spring 2019!! Click here for more info.

Requirements: Must turn 16 on or before the last day of class, and be able to pass a prerequisite swimming strokes test. This consists of front stroke, back stroke elementary back stroke, breast stroke, dolphin kick, butterfly, and diving. ln order to receive the WSI certification participants must attend all classes, complete all assignments, pass the WSI and Fundamentals of Instructor Training [FIT] curriculum. The WSI class schedule coincides with the learn to swim program starting at the begining of the month.


Registration is OPEN at Fayetteville and Hope Mills!

Parents enjoy a night out while we watch the kids! A fun night for the kids that includes music, games, swimming, making new friends, pizza and more! Every THIRD SATURDAY at the Fayetteville Branch!

PREP Preschool Care at the HOPE MILLS Y BRANCH

8:30am- 12:00pm Monday ~ Friday, 2 1/2 - 5 years of age who are potty-trained. MEMBER cost: $39/week, Non-Member cost: $49/week. Registration Fee $35 per Non-Member. Program features ABeka, Montessori, sports-play, healthy snack, social skills, Bible Verses, monthly field trips and more. Contact us at 910-426-9622: Option 2 or PREP Lead, Ms. Rakia at: rakia.epps@ymcaofthesandhills.org

Supported by the UNITED WAY of Cumberland County