Check the latest pool schedule for classes and activities before you go.
Even though it's indoors, the pool will close for 30 minutes in the event of thunder and lightening.
YMCA members can visit the pool for free. If you're not a member, you can tag along with a friend who is a member up to three times a year for free. Non-members who are not visiting as a guest of a member cost $20/per person.
Kids with a yellow swim band can play in areas where they can touch without close adult supervision or a lifejacket. To earn a yellow band, swimmers must float on their back, float on their stomach and swim 15 feet unassisted.
Kids with a green swim band have full access to the pool. To earn a green band, swimmers must swim the entire length of the pool unassisted, jump in deep water and return to the surface, and tread water for one minute with ears and face above water the while time.
It's getting on toward winter, which means cooler temps and gray days. When cabin fever starts setting in, consider a trip to the pool. I guarantee it will help get the wiggles out!
How to get there:
The Stratford Richardson YMCA is located at 1946 West Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28208. You'll see the pool when you enter the building, but will access it through the locker rooms down the hall and to your left.
Don't forget to pack:
- Swimsuits: No street clothes allowed. Also, if your swimmer is not yet potty-trained, bring a water diaper and rubber cover.
- Lifejackets or floaties: Approved life jackets are available at the pool, but younger swimmers may prefer their Puddle Jumpers.
- Towels: The Stratford Richardson YMCA does not provide towel service. There are showers in the locker room if you want to rinse off before heading home.
- Pool toys: Noodles and kickboards are available, but you might throw in some rings or a ball for games. The YMCA prohibits blow-up floats.
- Snacks: Nothing like a good swim to work up an appetite!