Brad Akins Branch Pool Hours - Winder, GA

Location: Brad Akins Branch - Winder, GA

Indoor Pool*
Monday - Friday 5:00am - 8:30pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday - 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Outdoor Pool* 
Closed for the season.

*pools are subject to closing with minimal notice
 due to staffing shortages. Thank you for your understanding.

CLICK HERE for Aquatic Group Exercise schedule

Bell Family Branch Pool Hours  - Hartwell, GA

Location: Bell Family Branch - Hartwell, GA

Outdoor Pool
Closed for the season.


Lifeguard Courses 

Location: Brad Akins Branch - Winder, GA

The Brad Akins YMCA will offer two American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification courses in Spring 2023. 

Course 1: Monday, April 3 - Thursday, April 6, 10am - 4pm (COURSE IS FULL) 

Course 2: Friday, May 5 4pm - 8pm, Saturday & Sunday May 6-7, 8am - 4pm (Deadline to register April 26)

Cost: $175/$225 

Once certified, participants will be eligible for hire as YMCA lifeguards.

Registration Form

Swim Lessons - Please Choose Your Location

Location: Bell Family Branch - Hartwell, GA
Location: Brad Akins Branch - Winder, GA

Build confidence in the water with us.

  • Pre School Aged - children ages 3-5. This is for children learning to lay on their belly/back, kick, pull themselves out of the water, blow bubbles, etc.
  • Beginner School Aged - This is for children learning to kick on their belly/back, rotary breathing, and free/back arm movements.
  • Advanced School Aged - These children should be able to swim at least 15 yards on their belly/back, kick 25 yards, and rotary breathing.


Swim Team Prep - Brad Akins Branch - Winder, GA

Location: Brad Akins Branch - Winder, GA

This program is for swimmers ages 4-13 that are proficient in freestyle and backstroke are ready to learn the remaining competitive strokes. The goal of this program is for swimmers to be ready to take the next step towards swim team. Practices are one hour with the coach instructing from the pool deck.

Parent Code of Conduct
Participant Waiver
External Privacy Notice

Important items for all swimmers:

  • Swimmers must have coach approved assessment before first time registration (email for evaluation)
  • Goggles are required for all swimmers.
  • Cap is required for swimmers with hair past their ears.
  • One piece swim suits only.

We use Team Unify to schedule meets, maintain accounts, and communicate with parents. Please make sure you provide the email that you check most regularly. You will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your password for your account. If you have not received this email within the first week of practice please let your coach know.

YMCA Barracudas Swim Team - Brad Akins Branch - Winder, GA

Location: Brad Akins Branch - Winder, GA

YMCA Barracudas Swim Team is now a Safe Sport recognized program! Becoming a Safe Sport certified program demonstrates a great commitment to safeguarding our athlets and participants. This means our program demonstrates our commitment to promoting a healthy and positive environment that's free from abuse for all members. Our coaches, parents, volunteers and athletes have completed many hours of development and training in order to earn this certification. Go Barracudas!

Join our year round swim team! Email to schedule your swimmer's evaluation. 

For more information please visit Registration information is under the "Documents" tab at the top of the page.