At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill. When you learn to swim, you gain confidence, acquire safety/rescue skills and experience water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Throughout all stages, we teach students how to be safer and more comfortable in the water. All age groups are taught the same skills, but divided according to their developmental milestones.

Rays Swim Team

The structure of the Rays Swim Team is a plan to develop not only great swimmers, but establish a plan for the development of the athlete as a whole person – physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially.  Participation in sports should be designed to develop a sense of enjoyment, inclusion, and mastery in whatever sports the child chooses. It is the focus of the YMCA swimming program to not merely be a place for children to experience the great sport of swimming but also to develop their technical expertise.

The mission of the YMCA of Upper Palmetto Rays is to build strong spirits, minds, and bodies while achieving excellence in swimming and in life.

If you’re interested in more information from the Rays please go to click here or contact the following: [email protected] | 803-547-8516
CSD Community YMCA
Katie Wright – [email protected] | 803-831-9622
Rock Hill Aquatics Center
Jonathan Mengering – [email protected] | 803-547-8516
Gregory Family YMCA
Anne Small – [email protected] | 803-313-7016
Fort Mill YMCA at the Complex
Jonathan Mengering – [email protected] | 803-547-8516
For General Inquiries and information about the program please contact Tim Conley!
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Become a Lifeguard

Learn how to save lives in the water. Become a YMCA lifeguard or swim lesson instructor. Upon successful completion of the Y’s lifeguard and swim instructor training programs, each participant will be certified. Participants must be at least 16 years old by the end of the training. This course instructs participants in both lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer. Successful completion will gain the participant certification by the American Red Cross, with the exception of the Junior Lifeguarding course.