Five YMCAs will open outdoor pools this weekend, and we’re ready for you!

It’s pool season! In just a few days, kids will be hanging out with their friends. Lifeguards will take their posts, and grownups will be reading books and magazines and listening to their favorite tunes on their headphones.

Quiet for months now, sunshine and laughter will soon surround the crisp outdoor pools at five area YMCAs: Baxter Y, Benjamin Harrison Y, Fishers Y, Jordan Y, and here, at the Ransburg YMCA. Year-round fun at indoor pools at the Hendricks Regional Health Y, Irsay Family Y and the Witham Y won’t stop either!

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Marco Polo, Laps, Lessons

Kids will splash around playing Marco Polo, toddlers will play in the zero-depth splash areas, babysitters will keep a close eye, and couples will cool off in the water together, while others squeeze in a few laps. (We’ve got an Olympic-sized, 50-meter outdoor pool at the Ransburg Y!)

If you come during the week, Summer Day Campers will be nearby. Swim lessons will also be in full swing.

Fresh Paint, Deck Chairs

We’ve been working hard for weeks to get the pools ready. Once the ground thaws, it’s safe to drain the rain and snow melt and start cleaning. That didn’t happen until late this year due to unusually low temps through late spring. Pool RansburgThen the real work began: pressure washing, small repair jobs, lining up deck chairs and putting on bright layers of fresh paint.

We’ve also staffed up. The Aquatics Department at the Ransburg Y more than doubles in the summer. A few weeks ago, we hosted an association-wide job fair looking to hire 250 lifeguards and 65 swim lesson instructors, and camp staff too. It was a big success, and it’s not too late. Check out our current openings and apply today!

Lifeguards Still Needed!

Did you know that there’s a national lifeguard shortage? It’s hard to believe that one of the best first jobs for teenagers is difficult to hire. There is a significant up-front cost. Getting lifeguard certified, which includes CPR/AED, First AID and Oxygen Administration, can cost as much as $360. At the Ransburg Y, we have an Adopt-A-Lifeguard program, where you can make a donation to help cover the cost of this training.

Swim Fun at the Y

And here we are! Memorial Day, the holiday and opening weekend has arrived. Are you ready? What about the kids? Are they in swim-shape? Don’t panic! The Y is here to help keep your kids be safe at the pool and provide fun activities all summer long.

Here are just a few “water” things you can do at the Y to this summer:

  • Safety Around WaterBefore summer is here, re-introduce the kids to water safety. Several YMCAs offer free community education classes. Pool Swimming
  • Swim Teams – Join a Y swim team and be a Barracuda, Shark, Otter, Ray or Mussel or a Masters swimmer, if you’re an adult.
  • Water Fitness Classes – Not everyone likes to swim laps. Try Aqua Zumba, Water Yoga, Aqua HIIT, Fit Float¾ or whatever floats your boat!
  • Swim Schools and Lessons Known as “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y also offers group, private, semi-private lessons and clinics for all ages. Our new swim lesson format makes it easy to plan around vacations and trips. It also helps swimmers retain more of what they learn. Registration is open!
  • Pool Events – From the Ransburg Regatta with hand-made cardboard boat races to Teen Night at the Baxter Y, we’ll have pool parties and fun at Ys all summer long.
  • Sensory Swims – Individuals of all abilities can enjoy the new Sensory Swims every Saturday in June and July at Jordan Y and Sensory Sundays at Benjamin Harrison Y.
  • Doggie Swims ­- Before you know it, we’ll open the pools up for Doggie Swims at the end of the season.

Work up a Sweat First

If the kids need to build up a sweat before jumping in the pool, sign them up for soccer, Taekwondo, basketball, or T-ball. The Y has all of their favorite sports. The first Summer Session begins June 4. Explore the options, then sign them up today!swimming

For adults, young and old alike, we’ve got “tons” of weights and cardio equipment, or you can try boxing, pickleball, Irish dancing and square dancing, Lightsabers, kickball leagues, group exercise classes, like Les Mills Body Pump, and many, many more sports and fitness options for adults. Don’t miss the Y’s Inspire Indy 5K Series presented by Delta with eight themed races at seven YMCAs across town.


Take a Break Inside

When you need a break from the sun, you can always step inside for a class, a quick workout or just to say hello to the staff. We’ve got you covered!


Now slap on some sunblock and meet me at the Y this summer!

John Fero

Aquatics Director, Ransburg YMCA