YMCA of the Sandhills



YMCA of the Sandhills offers a year-round indoor pool for recreational, instructional, and competitive use. Seasonally, our outdoor aquatic center, Rae Of Hope, at 2400 Hope Mills Road, opens for community swim lessons, summer day camp, and swim team practice. Join the Y and gain access to swim lessons, water fitness, lap swim, aqua zumba, lifeguard training, recreational swim, stroke refinement classes, and much more!


Group Lessons

Registration for opens on the 15th of the month prior for all montly group lessons.

Bring in a friend to sign up for GROUP lessons and get $10 off! Call or go into the Sandhills YMCA and register for a private lesson with our instructors.

Youth Conditioning - This class is designed for stroke refinement and is an hour long. Building technique, conditioning, and enhancing endurance. Participant must be able to swim multiple laps, be able to do flip turns, dives, and have the fundamentals of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.

Adult- Our adult swim classes are for all levels of ability from the first-time swimmers to the advanced swimmers who need refinement on their strokes and skills. Adults are taught the essential swim skills, strokes, and techniques needed to become a comfortable and competent swimmer. This class is 45 minutes long.

NEW - Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) at Fayetteville Branch

ISR lessons are one-on-one lessons between your child and his/her instructor. ISR follows time-tested methods and protocols which are designed to ensure your child’s safety both in and around the water. Consistency is crucial and your child’s progress will rely heavily on regular lesson attendance. ISR lessons are a big time commitment. We encourage family members or friends to share the responsibility of bringing your child to his/her lesson.

What is the difference between Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) and YMCA Parent/Child lessons?

Y Parent/Child lessons take place in a group setting and the primary goal of the course is water acclimation. ISR lessons, however, are one-on-one between your child and his/her certified ISR instructor and the focus is on drowning prevention. ISR lessons will teach your child how to self-rescue should he/she ever fall into the water unsupervised.

Nicole Burkhart - certified ISR Instructor
Please call 404-307-8440 or email N.Burkhart@infantswim.com with questions about Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) class at Fayetteville Branch.

Private Swim Lessons

These lessons are designed to give participants individualized attention with one instructor to achieve their swim goals.

Family Private Lesssons:

These lessons are designed to give famiy bonding, focused on growth and a chance to achieve their swim goals at different skill levels. Must include at least one parent or guardian and children must live in the same household.

To register for any of our private lessons, please fill out the request form below and bring it into the branch or call the Y for assistance. Private lessons are scheduled first come first served based on instructor availability.

YMCA Aquatic Certification Programs

Contact the YMCA today for first aid training and lifeguard courses!

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class (5-day course)

The Lifeguard Class provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illness until EMS personnel take over.


American Red Cross LIFEGUARD Certification:

$190 Non-Member Course Cost
$140 Member Course Cost

$50 Non-Refundable Pre-Test & Skill Assessment Fee Due at Registration for ALL Applicants

Requirements: Must be 15 years old on or before the last day of class and pass a pre-course Skills Assessment that includes: retrieving a submerged brick at 7-9ft of water, and a 300-yd. freestyle/breaststroke swim. Attendance at all class meeting times is required, as well as completing all assignments, and a passing score of the American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens tests. In order to receive certification, the course fee must be paid IN FULL by the due date.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification / Refresher Class: Certificate must still be active

$75 + $50 Non-Refundable Registration & Skill Assessment Fee

Requirements: For experienced lifeguards who are needing to re-certify or refresh their skills, and whose certificate has NOT YET EXPIRED.

American Red Cross Community or Professional CPR/AED/First Aid:

$85 for the certification course

The YMCA offers certified CPR classes, for the professional and health care providers. In order to receive your certification you must attend all classes, complete all assignments, and be able to pass the final exam with a minimum of 80% accuracy. CPR classes are held on the Saturday from 8:00am-5:00pm, which coincide with the American Red Cross Lifeguard certification class.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification Class:


$45 Non-Refundable Pre-Test & Skill Assessment Fee Due at Registration for ALL Applicants.

YMCA Members, $155 Course Cost Due on the 1st day of class when accepted into the course.

Non-Members, $205 Course Cost Due on the 1st day of class when accepted into the course.

Requirements: Must turn 16 on or before the last day of class, and be able to pass a prerequisite swimming strokes test. This consists of front stroke, back stroke elementary back stroke, breast stroke, dolphin kick, butterfly, and diving. ln order to receive the WSI certification participants must attend all classes, complete all assignments, pass the WSI and Fundamentals of Instructor Training [FIT] curriculum. The WSI class schedule coincides with the learn to swim program starting at the begining of the month.


KIDS NIGHT OUT (Not offering at this time)

Parents enjoy a night out while we watch the kids! A fun night for the kids that includes music, games, swimming, making new friends, pizza and more! Every THIRD SATURDAY of the month.

PREP Preschool Care at the HOPE MILLS and SALEEBY FAMILY

8:30am- 12:00pm Monday ~ Friday, 2 1/2 - 5 years of age who are potty-trained. MEMBER cost: $52/week, Non-Member cost: $62/week. Registration Fee $34 per Non-Member. Program features ABeka, Montessori, sports-play, healthy snack, social skills, Bible Verses, monthly field trips and more.

Contact us at 910-426-9622:

Option 2, Hope Mills

Email: Rakia at: rakia.epps@ymcaofthesandhills.org

Option 4, Saleeby Family

Email Chealsea at: chealsea.sias@ymcaofthesandhills.org