Program Offerings

Sports Classes

Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our running classes.

Ages 9-12 years | 1 hour | Offered Spring, Summer, Fall

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Led by an archery enthusiast, learn the sport of archery from the ground up with focus on patience, discipline, and perseverance. Equipment provided (including bows).

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 3-5 years | 45 min | Offered Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Pass. Dribble. Shoot. Learn the fundamentals of basketball while strengthening coordination.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 3-5 years | 45 min | Offered Spring, Summer, Fall

Locations Offered

  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Catching, Throwing, Running. Learn the fundamentals of football while developing coordination.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 3-5, 6-9 & 6-8 years | 1 hour | Offered Summer, Fall

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Birdie, Bunker, Fore! Expand your golf skills by improving your swing form and technique, while developing a full swing with fairway irons.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 5+ years | 45 minutes | Offered Summer

Locations Offered

  • YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, Middleville

Private lessons will be available for beginner to experienced riders ages 5 and up. English and Western lessons are available on one of our trusted camp horses.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 3-5, 6-9 & 6-12 years | 45 min | Offered Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Rock Climbing

Experience the thrill of rock climbing by learning the basics through fun, challenging, safe, climbing activities.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 3-5 years | 45 min | Offered Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Pass. Shoot. Learn the fundamentals of soccer while building coordination.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 10-17 years | 1 hour | Offered Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter

Focus on sports-specific speed and agility as well as advanced training techniques. Taught by a certified fitness instructor.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 3-5 years | 45 min | Offered Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Learn the elements that are needed to build a foundation for soccer, basketball, t-ball, and more with a different sport spotlighted each week.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Reg Red3

Ages 2-3 & 6-8 years | 30 min | Offered Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter

Locations Offered

  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville

Learn the elements that are needed to build a foundation for soccer, basketball, t-ball, and more with a different sport spotlighted each week. Parent participation required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Reg Red3

Ages 4-6, 7-14, and 15+ years | 1 hour | Offered Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Litehouse Family YMCA, Lowell
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Experience Martial Arts taught by certified instructors. You will increase self-confidence by learning to apply defensive & offensive techniques, physical & mental skill sets.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Reg Red3

Ages 3-5 years | 45 minutes | Offered Summer & Spring

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville

Explore the basics of t-ball through drills that teach proper throwing technique, fielding positions, the difference between bases, as well as proper hitting stance. Glove required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 years | 45 minutes | Offered Fall, Summer & Spring

Locations Offered

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids

Experience tennis and learn basic tennis strokes while strengthening hand-eye coordination through fun games and instructional drills.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 18mo-3 years | 30 minutes | Offered Winter, Fall, Summer & Spring

Bond, laugh, and play through creative activities that strengthen your child’s balance and build fundamental movements needed in tumbling. Either a leotard or long shirt required. Shorts, capri pants, or sweatpants required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

 

Ages 3-5 years | 45 minutes | Offered Winter, Fall, Summer & Spring

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Increase strength, balance, and coordination in tumbling through games with balloons, hula hoops, bean bags, and music. Either a leotard or long shirt required. Shorts, capri pants, or sweatpants required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 3-5, 6-8 years | 45 minutes | Offered Fall & Winter

Locations Offered

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids

Discover a love for track and field through relays, sprints, hurdles, high jump, and shot put.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 6-12 years | 1 hour | Offered Spring & Winter

Locations Offered

  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Bump. Set. Spike. Learn the fundamentals of volleyball while increasing strength, endurance, and skill in a team atmosphere.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Sports Clinics

Get ready for upcoming seasons at the Y with our summer and fall clinics. Build and refine skills through games, drills, and activities in a fun and energizing atmosphere for two hours every Monday – Thursday. Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our current offerings. 

Ages 9-12

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Learn the sport of archery from the ground up, focusing on safety, patience, discipline, and perseverance. Kids will get an opportunity to shoot at a 3D target range.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids

Build and refine core skills such as ball handling, defense, offense, rebounding, shooting, conditioning and more. Taught by professionally-trained coaches. All levels are welcome and will be separated by age and skill level.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 3-5, 5-7 & 7-12

Our dance clinics offer a safe and nurturing environment for participants to creatively express themselves. While engaged in the program, participants will get to explore different styles and techniques of dance. Some styles may include, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, tumbling and more.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12

Catching, throwing, running, and defense will be taught, along with basic plays that will strengthen coordination and build self confidence.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12

This clinic is designed so that participants will learn the game of lacrosse focusing on the fundamentals, while continuing to learn more about our core values, sportsmanship and teamwork. Participants will practice different positions and learn new skills.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 9-12

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Develop and refine core skills such as dribbling, defense, scoring, goal keeping, passing, conditioning and more. Taught by professionally-trained coaches. All levels are welcome and will be separated by age and skill level.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12

This clinic is designed to introduce and further develop the game of tennis. An emphasis will be placed on the technique of each stroke. Children will learn basic tennis strokes, hand-eye coordination, and other skills.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 9-12

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Learn the game of volleyball focusing on the fundamentals, while practicing different positions, volleys, serving, bumping, spiking and more!

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Youth Leagues

For all leagues: gym shoes and sports attire are required. Equipment is provided unless otherwise stated. Practice times and game times are determined after registration. Team attire can be purchased at your branch’s front desk. Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our running classes.

Seasons Played

  • Spring
  • Summer

Locations Offered

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Ages

  • Pre K-Kindergarten | 30 Min Practice/30 Min Game
    Get in the game in the Y’s T-ball League, where every player receives equal play time. Through positive coaching, practices and games, our young athletes build and refine skills while gaining self-confidence, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Wheelchair Adaptive

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Seasons Played

  • Spring
  • Summer

Locations Offered

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Ages

  • Grades 1st – 4th | 30 Min Practice/30 Min Game
    Hit a home run while strengthening batting, fielding, and teamwork in an energizing atmosphere. Two (home and away) baseball jerseys and hat additional cost.
  • Boys & Girls Grades 5th –8th | 60 Min Practice/60 Min Game Learn and refine skills and build teamwork, leadership, and confidence in a team atmosphere where fun is a top priority. Equal play time. Gym shoes and sports attire required.
  • Ted Rasberry Youth League | 1st – 6th Grade

    For over 25 years, the Ted Rasberry Youth League has provided students of Grand Rapids Public Schools with a summer baseball and softball experience.  Through our partnership with the Whitecaps Community Foundation, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Meijer, and Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, the YMCA is able to provide this league at no cost to participants and include equipment, jersey, and a nutritious meal at each practice.  Register Your Student or Volunteer to Coach

Wheelchair Adaptive

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Seasons Played

  • Winter
  • Fall

Locations

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Ages

Wheelchair Adaptive

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Seasons Played

  • Fall

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Ages

  • Pre K-Kindergarten | 30 Min Practice/30 Min Game
    Strengthen hand-eye coordination, gain team spirit, and have fun while learning the fundamentals of flag football in a game
    atmosphere.

Wheelchair Adaptive

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Seasons Played

  • Spring
  • Fall

Locations

  • Litehouse Family YMCA, Lowell
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Ages

Wheelchair Adaptive

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Dance Classes

Dance classes are offered year round at various branch locations and various dates. To perform in the Spring Recital, dancers must participate in both Winter 2 and Spring Sessions. Costumes, recital ticket prices, and photos vary by location. Winter 1 session is a non-recital class. Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our current offerings. 

Ages 3-5, 5-7, and 7-12 years | 45 min

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Plié. Pirouette. Relevé. Discover the basics of ballet in a safe, fun, and
social atmosphere.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 2-3 years | 45 min

Locations Offered

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids

Parents join in the fun as children learn creative movement and explore music while setting the groundwork for the fundamentals of ballet under the directions of an instructor. Parent participation is required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 3-5, 5-7, and 7-12 years | 45 min

Locations Offered

  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Discover the basics of ballet and tap in a fun and social atmosphere while gaining self confidence. Leather ballet shoes required. Tap shoes or shoes that make noise when you walk required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Reg purple

Ages 5-7, and 7-12 years | 45 min

Work on top rock, drops/ go downs, footwork, R.A.P. System (rhythm, anticipation, and pattern), power and freezes in this high energy atmosphere.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 3-5 years | 45 min

Locations Offered

  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville

Create rhythmic patterns and timely beats while learning basic combinations and movements of tap. Tap shoes or shoes that make noise when you walk required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 5-7, and 7-12 years | 45 min

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Master basic movements and gain confidence as you learn combinations, eight counts, and express your inner creativity through freestyle.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Reg purple

Ages 3-5, 5-7, and 7-12 years | 45 min

Locations Offered

  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming

This class teaches a classical form of Broadway jazz. Students will learn stretching, isolations, musicality and are encouraged through a noncompetitive atmosphere.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Reg purple

Ages 5-7, and 7-12 years | 45 min

Explore the energetic and exciting steps of jazz composed of classical ballet moves mixed with steps from American pop culture. Tap shoes or shoes that make noise when you walk required.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 18 mo-3 yr, and 3-5 years | 45 min

Explore rhythm, singing, and movement while improving coordination. Comfy clothes/ sports attire recommended.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 5-7, and 7-12 years | 45 min

Locations Offered

  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville

Discover the basics of Tap in a fun and social atmosphere while gaining self confidence. Students will learn stretching, isolations, musicality and are encouraged through a noncompetitive atmosphere.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 18+ | 45 min

Learn the fundamentals of classical ballet in a fun, noncompetitive environment. Improve flexibility, strength, posture, and agility through exercises designed for all. Class is taught by an experienced dancer.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 18+ | 45 min

Master basic movements and gain confidence as you learn fundamentals, choreography, and express your inner creativity through freestyle.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 13+ | 45 min

Elements from Ballet, Modern, Lyrical and Jazz. An experienced dancer will teach you how to express yourself though freestyle movement. Attire: Ballet shoes/jazz shoes/modern shoes/socks recommended.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 18+ | 45 min

This program teaches the essentials of tap dance including the basic steps, vocabulary, and combinations in place and across the floor. Participant provides own tap shoes.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Swim Lessons

Achieve and master new skills and strokes while having fun swimming and gaining confidence with America’s favorite swim instructor. Our swim lessons are taught by trained, qualified swim instructors. Learn more about our swim lessons by visiting our swim lessons page. Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our current offerings. 

Ages 6 months – 36 months | 30 minutes | 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Accompany your child while they gain comfort in the water and develop essential swim readiness skills through a fun, confidence-building experience. Waterproof diaper required for those not potty trained. Swimmer must be at least 6 months old on first day of class and be able to control head movement.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 6 months – 36 months | 30 minutes | 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Through water exploration and guidance from an instructor, work in the pool with your child on basic swim body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and swim skills. Waterproof diaper required for those not potty trained. Swimmer must be at least 6 months old on first day of class and be able to control head movement.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 3 – 5 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Designed for beginner swimmers to help your child gain comfort in underwater exploration and develop independent movement with aid from an instructor as well as how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Goggles recommended.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 3 – 5 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Develop skills focused on independent floating and gliding in the water while continuing to build upon basic self-rescue skills performed unassisted. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Pre-requisites:

Pass Stage 1: Water Acclimation or have the ability to:

  • Go under water and comfortable opening eyes without goggles
  • Float on front and back with minimal assistance
  • Jump in the pool, submerge and return to the wall with assistance
  • *Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 3 – 5 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Learn rhythmic breathe control, arm and leg integrated movement, how to propel forward on front and back, as well as how to swim to safety from longer distances while practicing skills and techniques in deeper water. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Pre-requisites:

Pass Stage 1: Water Acclimation or have the ability to:

  • Go under water and comfortable opening eyes without goggles
  • Float on front and back with minimal assistance
  • Jump in the pool, submerge and return to the wall with assistance

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 3 – 5 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Develop stroke techniques for the front and back crawl, breaststroke kick, and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through practicing safety techniques in deeper water such as treading water and elementary back stroke. Goggles recommended.

Pre-requisites:

 Pass Stage 3: Water Stamina or ability to perform these skills:

  • Submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water
  • Swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath unassisted
  • Swim-float-swim 15 yards unassisted
  • Jump in and tread water for 30 seconds unassisted
  • Swim to wall and exit unassisted

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 6 – 18 years | 90 minutes

Locations Offered:

  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia

Description:

Swimmers work on stroke refinement and work on more advanced skills while increasing distance and speed and building endurance to move to a more competitive level. Individual goals are set at the beginning of each session with personal bests logged throughout session.  

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 11 – 15 years | 60 minutes

Locations Offered:

  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia

Description:

The Junior Lifeguard Club teaches preteens and teens lifesaving skills and water safety for pools and waterfront sites while emphasizing teamwork and leadership. Club members gain a wide variety of skills including CPR and First Aid certifications, basic water assists, and will also spend time improving swimming endurance. This program is designed as a continuum following the Youth 6: Stroke Mechanics

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 18 years+ 

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:

Further development of freestyle, breast stroke and backstroke.  Special attention to skills through a variety of drills with the use of lap swimming. This is good for increasing endurance and developing advanced swim skills over a longer distance with increased confidence.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 6 – 12 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Designed for beginner swimmers to help your child gain comfort in underwater exploration and develop independent movement with aid from an instructor as well as how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Goggles recommended.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 6 – 12 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Develop skills focused on independent floating and gliding in the water while continuing to build upon basic self-rescue skills performed unassisted. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Pre-requisites:

Pass Stage 1: Water Acclimation or have the ability to:

  • Go under water and comfortable opening eyes without goggles
  • Float on front and back with minimal assistance
  • Jump in the pool, submerge and return to the wall with assistance

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 6 – 12 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Learn rhythmic breathe control, arm and leg integrated movement, how to propel forward on front and back, as well as how to swim to safety from longer distances while practicing skills and techniques in deeper water. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Pre-requisites:

Pass Stage 1: Water Acclimation or have the ability to:

  • Go under water and comfortable opening eyes without goggles
  • Float on front and back with minimal assistance
  • Jump in the pool, submerge and return to the wall with assistance

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 6 – 12 years | 30 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Develop stroke techniques for the front and back crawl, breaststroke kick, and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through practicing safety techniques in deeper water such as treading water and elementary back stroke. Goggles recommended.

Pre-requisites:

 Pass Stage 3: Water Stamina or ability to perform these skills:

  • Submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water
  • Swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath unassisted
  • Swim-float-swim 15 yards unassisted
  • Jump in and tread water for 30 seconds unassisted
  • Swim to wall and exit unassisted

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 6 – 12 years | 40 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Build stamina in the front and back crawl through stroke technique drills, while learning all major competitive strokes including the breaststroke and butterfly. Water Safety is reinforced through building endurance techniques in treading water and sidestroke. Goggles recommended.

Pre-requisites:

 Pass Stage 4: Stroke Introduction or ability to perform these skills:

  • Front crawl and back crawl 25 yards unassisted
  • Swim breaststroke kick and butterfly kick 15 yards unassisted
  • Tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute unassisted

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 6 – 12 years | 40 minutes | 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Locations Offered:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Description:

Enhance endurance in competitive strokes while developing skills related to competitive swim such as flip turns. Discover how to incorporate swimming into a lifelong healthy lifestyle while refining skills and building endurance in deep water. Goggles recommended.

Pre-requisites:

 Pass Stage 5: Stroke Development or ability to perform these skills:

  • Swim front crawl with bent arm recovery and rotary breathing for 25 yards
  • Swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25 yards
  • Swim butterfly with over arm recovery
  • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards achieving stroke rhythm
  • Dive from kneeling position

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 13+ years | 40 minutes

Locations Offered:

  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia

Description:

For those adults not fully comfortable around water and looking to learn the basic strokes and skills to build confidence and be more comfortable with water activity.  Swimmers will focus on basic techniques with the use of floatation devices to gain knowledge of basic breathing techniques and basic strokes such as front paddle, side paddle, and back paddle.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

reg green

Ages 13 years+ | 40 minutes

Locations Offered:

  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia

Description:

Develop stronger strokes, improve endurance with helpful techniques to develop comfortable movement in the water.  Start moving into rhythmic breathing and all around confidence in the water.  Introduction to freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and resting strokes.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 13 years+ | 40 minutes

Locations Offered:

  • Ionia County YMCA, Ionia

Description:

Further development of freestyle, breast stroke and backstroke.  Special attention to skills through a variety of drills with the use of lap swimming. This is good for increasing endurance and developing advanced swim skills over a longer distance with increased confidence.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Adult Programs

Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our current offerings. 

Ages 18+ | Offered Summer, Fall, Winter

Locations

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville

Teams consist of 7-10 players and play full court with two twenty minute halves. 6-game season, officiated with weekly standings and championship tournament. Teams consist of 7-10 players and play full court with two twenty minute halves. Jerseys included in price (new teams only).

Wheelchair Adaptive

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Please visit the front desk to register for an Adult Basketball League.

AGES 18+

Burn more calories and achieve your fitness goals with ease in a fun, high
energy atmosphere that combines tennis with a full body, calorie burning
workout. Racquet not provided.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

18+
This competitive, round-robin league is fun for all ages. Participants get a great work out in a friendly atmosphere. 7 weeks of play. Beginners welcome.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 13+ | 45 min

Learn the basic skills, different holds, and grips hands-on through
challenging, safe climbing activities.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

18+ | 4 Hours | Offered Winter, Fall

Locations

  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids

This competitive, round-robin league is fun for all ages. Participants get a great work out in a friendly atmosphere. 7 weeks of play. Beginners welcome.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 13+ | 1 hour
Increase your functional strength through total body workouts that combine strength, flexibility, and cardio training in a small group of four to six people. Taught by certified instructors.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 15+

Locations Offered

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont
  • SpartanNash YMCA, Wyoming
  • Visser Family YMCA, Grandville
  • Litehouse Family YMCA, Lowell

Experience the Korean form of Martial Arts taught by certified instructors at the Y. These instructors will teach students to apply defensive and offensive Tae Kwon Do techniques and physical and mental skill sets, all while increasing self-confidence.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Ages 18+ | 4’s team and 6’s team | Offered Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, SE Grand Rapids
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont
  • David D. Hunting YMCA, Downtown Grand Rapids

Spike it! Enjoy great volleys while increasing skill and gaining new friendships. Co-ed teams of 4 – recreational and competitive leagues have 12 matches in 6 weeks and a playoff night in week 7. Recreational league is not officiated. Co-ed and women’s teams of 6 – recreational and competitive leagues have 8 officiated matches including playoffs.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

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Cooking, Gardening & Nutrition Programs

Release your inner chef in our cooking classes and workshops. Our recreational hands-on sessions offer delicious, locally inspired, healthy food in a social environment. Not only will you walk away with delicious food, but you will walk away with cooking skills as we focus on technique. Classes and workshops are for all levels. Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our running classes.

Ages 3 – 5 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
This workshop starts with reading a fun book about food and then little ones get to make a delicious treat in theme with the book. Fun and interactive class for preschool aged children and an adult. Children will also get to take home a copy of the book for your home library.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season. 

Ages 6 – 12 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
Learn basic cooking skills, the joy eating and cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables, and how to become empowered consumers in a society that spends millions persuading us to eat high-calorie, low nutrient products. All ingredients and equipment provided.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season. 

Ages 6 – 17 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
Learn basic cooking skills while using season specific ingredients, with a focus on fresh, nutrient dense dishes that are both tasty and beautiful.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 6 – 17 years | 2 hours

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
Learn a few classic holiday dessert recipes and techniques in this 2 hour session. All equipment and ingredients provided.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 4+ years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
In this class, children will get to make their own garden craft while learning about bugs, gardens and everything that a garden needs to thrive. The class is open to children 4 and up and their adult guardians.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 16+ years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
Gardening is a great way to get outside and connect with your family or neighbors, and there’s the obvious benefit of fresh, healthy food that comes as a fruit of your labor, but sometimes harvests can be overwhelming. This class will give you some skills that you can use to practice a “whole harvest” – to use as much of your harvest (or CSA share or farmer’s market haul) as possible. We’ll be learning simple preservation techniques as well as delicious recipes that use up odd or overlooked vegetables or parts of vegetables.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.  

Ages 18+ years | 2 hours 

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
Learn how to create your own Holiday Porch Pot with our very own horticulturist. Participants will bring in their own porch pot/container. Everything else will be provided to create and customize a lovely holiday porch pot. After adding a mix of fresh greens, the participants will add their own personal touch using pinecones, berries, birch branches, dried hydrangeas and assorted holiday cheer! Using one’s own creativity allows each porch pot to take on its own beautiful personality that will last throughout the winter! All supplies, except pots/containers, provided.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Ages 18+ years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids

Description:
Create things such as bug 

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season.

Snow Sports Classes

For all snow sports: Only held during winter programming. A one-hour lift ticket is included at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Cold weather attire is required (equipment is provided if needed). Classes are taught in a group setting by experienced instructors. Classes only held during safe weather and favorable slope conditions. Weekly instruction ends once four 60-minute classes have been achieved. Program offerings vary each season. Please visit our Program Registration page to view our running classes.

Ages 4-5 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Discovery:
For Kindergartners that have never been on skis before or need a refresher! Learn to ski through fun interactive games and instruction with activities geared to strengthen balance, control, moving, sliding, and more on beginner terrain.

Adventure:
For Kindergartners that have been on skis before at least 2-3 times and/or have taken a formal ski class at least once before! Refine skills through fun interactive games and instruction with activities geared to strengthen balance, control, moving, sliding, and more on beginner terrain.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season. Snow Sports only available during winter session.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Discover the fundamentals of skiing, while learning to control balance, as well as snow plow stops and turning skills on the beginner level terrain.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season. Snow Sports only available during winter session.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

For those who have completed the beginner ski class or meet the criteria for intermediate (can stop and turn consistently). Experience the slopes to your fullest potential. Improve upon the fundamentals and gain comfort in a fun-focused environment with an emphasis on getting parallel, and more on difficult terrain.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season. Snow Sports only available during winter session.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

Explore the wonders of winter hands-on while learning the basics of snowboarding including stops and turns in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season. Snow Sports only available during winter session.

Ages 6-8, and 9-12 years | 1 hour 

Locations

  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Belmont

For those who have completed the beginner snowboarding class or meet the criteria for intermediate (can stop and turn consistently). Elevate to the next level and gain comfort, while strengthening turning and control skills with an emphasis on carving, and more on a difficult terrain.

*Program locations, dates, and availability vary by season. Snow Sports only available during winter session.

Program Cancellation Policy: All programs have a minimum number of participants in order to begin. If registration falls short of this minimum, the class will be canceled and a credit will be applied to your account for the canceled program. Prorated fees will not be granted for any participant who joins a program session after the starting date or who leaves the program session before the end date.

Inclement Weather Policy: Program fees are not refundable. All efforts will be made to create a makeup class if it is canceled due to inclement weather or causes beyond our control. Partial refunds will not be given. For weather related cancellations call 616.855.9622.