Lifeguard Course

We are proud to offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard/Waterpark Course (including CPR, AED and First Aid certifications). Participants must be 15-years-old by the last day of the course. » read more

Safety Around Water Program

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 165 years. The YMCA of Rapid City continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. » read more

Family Swim Rules

Family Swim Rules • NO GROUPS – to honor family togetherness, groups will not be allowed during family swim. This applies to member birthday parties. • Safe games may be organized and played. The lifeguard will determine the safety of any games. • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent (in the pool area) or sibling, age 18+. • We encourage adults to participate in the aquatic activities with their children. • Nerf balls are welcome. Hard and small balls are not permitted. • Please respect the YMCA by only bringing those persons on your own family membership. • Parent must be in the water with any child 5 and under.     » read more

Pool Rules

General Pool Rules » read more

Daily Swim Schedule

In the event any pool needs to be closed, we will make a concerted effort to accommodate all scheduled groups into the remaining pools. Children 5-years-old and under, or those in a float belt, must have a parent in the water with them at all times.  » read more


We offer various programs to help everyone experience the "joy of swimming". You can experience this relaxing and healthy lifetime sport. » read more


Come join us for this adult-centered learning experience. We strive to teach every person the lifetime sport of swimming. From those of you who have never been able to put your face in the water, to those of you who are working towards swimming, further, fast, longer! Our kind, caring and mature instructors will use all their years of experience to help you learn and become a better swimmer. » read more


This progressive program is designed to help youth develop and improve water skills. Youth will be taught to their ability and “progress up” when they have developed and mastered all skills for their current level. To build self-esteem and maintain consistency throughout our program, the instructors will not progress a child before they are ready. Instructors of each level also use land and water time to develop youth by increasing their safety knowledge in and around the water and to promote healthy living now and in their future! » read more

Preschool and Parent Child

Is your child new to our program? For quality and consistency please call Frances to find out what level your child should sign up for. This may include an appointment for an in-the-water evaluation by one of our skilled instructors. » read more