Adult Aquatics

PRIVATE LESSONS SPECIAL! Half priced private lessons will be offered on December 12 and 14 and January 2 and 3. $20 for Members and $40 for Non-Members. To find out more and book your session, please visit our Member Services Desk or contact us at 701.293.9622 or

With lap swimming, open and family swim times, water exercise classes, swim lessons, and more, the YMCA provides an enjoyable outlet of aquatic fun and fitness for the entire family! The Fercho YMCA also offers programs, services and equipment for those with special needs.

Aquatic Center Schedule

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 under the age of 15 can lap swim by proving they can adequately swim laps and share a lane with other adults. This is up to the lifeguard's discretion.

Lap Swim Foundations
  • Mondays
    •  12:00 - 12:45pm
    • 5:45 - 6:30pm

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! Ages 15+

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!

2023 Sessions Available!

To learn more or to view sessions and details, visit our Swim School page using the button below.

YMCA Swim School

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! 

Weekly Class at Fercho YMCA 
Wednesdays  |  6:00 - 7:00am  |  Ages 15+  |  FREE for Members! - Members can bring a friend using their guest passes. 

Water Exercise 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.

To learn more, visit our Water Exercise page using the button below.

Water Exercise Classes

Adaptive Swimming

We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment! Our Lap Pool and Small Warm Water Pool include chair lifts for easy access into the pools. Additionally, our Small Warm Water Pool is kept at 87° - a temperature that is ideal for therapy.

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 our Safety Education page using the button below.

YMCA Safety Education