Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Swim Lessons

Swimming is a lifelong skill. The YMCA has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. Our Y Swim Instructors focus on stroke technique, water safety and character development through our progressive swim lesson program.  Sessions run in five week segments. Sooner means safer when it comes to your child’s comfort in and around water. It’s never too early to learn skills they need for aquatic confidence, safety and survival. Our children’s classes start at age 3.

Youth Sports

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you learn the game. At the Y, kids develop all of their skills, from catching and dribbling to teamwork and sportsmanship. Just as important, they learn firsthand the benefits of being healthy and active—and that virtual games just can’t compare to the real thing. Youth Sports teach sports skills to make it more fun and
exciting for emerging athletes. Each program utilizes the Y’s seven principles: everyone plays, safety first, fair play, positive competition, family involvement, sports for all and sports for fun.

Health, Well-being & Fitness

Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing spirit, mind and body, well-being and fitness at the Y includes more than just working out. We understand the benefits of exercising and socializing for members of all ages through one on one conversations with Y staff, personal training, group exercise classes and our adult sports programs. We also make staying active easier and fun for our active older adults as the young at heart enjoy activities such as fitness classes, field trips and volunteer activities.

Land Fitness

Group Exercise classes are a great way to stay motivated!  Enthusiastic instructors are there to lead you in a varietyy of different exercises to help you achieve and maintain your goals.  Classes are a great place to make new friends too!  Most classes are even included in your membership rates!  Check out our current brochure for class times!

Aqua Fitness

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, are looking to relieve arthritis pain, or just want to connect and have fun with your peers, these programs are a perfect place to start. Water-assisted exercise in our pools provides natural resistance, reduces stress on your joints, and can improve your balance, flexibility and mood. Water is an extremely friendly environment for individuals with back, knee, and shoulder problems or with any condition that requires low impact exercise. Classes run in 5 week segments.

Active Older Adults

Through the Y Active Older Adults activities, seniors are given the opportunity to engage with their peers in a relaxed social environment.  Activities range from crafts, volunteer work, to group outings.  Come be a part of this special interest group and share your talents and idesa.  The more the marrier!  Aquatic Fitness classes are also a great way to be a part of a community while getting fit with low resistance on your joints. 

Adult Sports

Lifting weights and running are not the only way to exercise.  Adult Sports programs are a great way to get physically active and make new friends at the same time.  You can get fit while simply playing the sports you loved as a kid.

Tae Kwon Do

Children, along with adults master self-defense, self-discipline, physical fitness and coordination through ancient martial arts.  Participants will learn proper techniques of blocks, punches and kicks.  Boys and girls starting at age 6 are welcome.  Register for the class at the main Y, but classes are held at the College Avenue Y

Country Line Dancing

Staying healthy can be fun! Learn the latest country western line dances and have a great time with Arlene Bewley! This is an interactive way of exercising. Register at the main Y, but classes are held at College Avenue Y.  

Education & Leadership

It can be hard to figure out your place in the world.  As a young person with your whole life ahead of you, having the right guidance and support can make a real difference in figuring out who you are and what you can achieve.  The Y is here to help children, teens and adults find their place and gain the skills they need to succeed.

Leadership Academy

The Mercer County Leadership Academy is sponsored by the Y and the Mercer-Rock Island-Henry-Stark Extension Unit.  Leadership Academy consists of a series of seminars addresssing major issues important to the development of Mercer County.  The program is designed to assist leaders and future leaders in their quest to better the community.

Lifeguard Certification

Ever wanted to learn the skills to save a life? Our Y administers American Red Cross lifguard certification courses.  Participants will learn lifeguarding skills, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills.

Community First Aid & CPR

You can approach life’s accidents—big and small—with confidence and calm when you take our First Aid certification class. From burns and scrapes to illness and injury, this hands-on class will leave you well equipped and prepared to handle life's emergencies when they happen!

Swim, Sports & Play

Learning life skills

Health, Well-being & Fitness

Playing as a team!

Education & Leadership

Beating personal bests!