Water Fitness

Experience the benefits of water resistance to improve cardiovascular ability, strength, balance and flexibility.


Water fitness classes are for individuals of every age, held in both shallow and deep water. All classes are led by our YMCA-certified water fitness instructors.


YMCA Water Exercise Classes are a great workout with low and/or no impact or harmful effects on joints/muscles. Our classes have it all- motivation, aerobic choreography and muscle conditioning. Get improved cardiovascular endurance and improved muscle tone by using the buoyancy and resistance of the water. Ideal for all fitness levels, non-swimmers included.


All of our water aerobics classes are free of charge to YMCA membership.  All have friendly and welcoming membership and instructors willing to help you meet your fitness needs in the water.

MWF 6:00-6:45 AM

Instructor:  Dawn Hansen

Good morning!  Wake up with an invigorating water aerobics workout.  This small class has a blend of adults and seniors enjoying a moderate to vigorous workout that works everything, but can be tailored to individual needs.  If you want to get it done early, this class is for you.


MWF 9:00-10:00 AM

Instructor: Jacquie Tucker

This class is a rousing, loud and intense good time water aerobics class.  Members from the young adult to senior rock out to the music and water aerobic exercise that emphasizes aerobic conditioning, muscle strength, endurance development and flexibility through water resistance exercises.  Be ready to count your pulse.


MWF 11:00-Noon

Instructor: Janette Schlereth

This class for active seniors blends stretching, abdominal and muscle strength and aerobic conditioning.  It is of medium intensity, but you can follow as you can.  Keep at it and you’ll get all the moves right.


MWF 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Instructor: Beatriz Lavagnino-Hudspeth

This class offers those who would enjoy an evening water workout where you can burn calories, stretch your limbs and feel the freedom of movement in the water.  Everyone works at his or her own pace.  Class is also taught in Spanish.


MWF 6:30-7:30 PM

No instructor, but come anyhow

This water walkers group is a gentle option for members who might have been recommended by doctors, physical therapists or simply need a low impact workout.  Suitable for those with arthritis, joint replacements and those wishing to move with the help of the buoyancy of the water.


MW Noon-1 PM

Instructor: Tim Chinn

The National YMCA and National Arthritis Foundation have this program targeted for those who suffer from arthritis.  Those who have arthritis or another condition that limits the ability to stay with those in an aerobics workout a workout may want to consider joining this group.


T/Th 9:00-10:00 AM

Instructor: Roxann Therrien

We have two water aerobics classes during this time.  Roxanne’s class includes elements of Pilates in the water.  It offers higher intensity, with music and a higher aerobic emphasis.  Of course we work on all aspects of fitness, especially stretching and balance in this group.


T/Th 9:00-10:00 AM

Instructor: Juliet Tardy

Juliet is a licensed physical therapist offering an exercise program designed to help those with long standing health issues regain or enhance their stamina, circulation, rehabilitate muscles and joints and help control weight.  Juliet can also create individual plans for those needing a special workout.  MORE INFO


T/Th 10:00-11:00 AM

Instructor: Linda Stafford

Linda is a certified AEA water fitness instructor who offers this class for active seniors that blends aerobics, strengthening, flexibility and joint work in the water.  Suitable for arthritic and other chronic physical conditions.  A mild water aerobics class where you work at your own pace.


T/Th/F 11:00-Noon

Instructor: Beatriz Lavagnino-Hudspeth

Beatriz is the Hope Community Resources Neighbor to Neighbor Award Winner.  This class offers the developmentally disabled water aerobics and some swimming instruction at a slower instructional pace.  Assisted by capable volunteers from Hope Resources, this group is suitable for those needing  gentle and patient instruction yet with all the benefits of aerobic, strengthening and flexibility work.


T/Th 2:00-3:00 PM

Contact Antonia Fowler

This group therapy session is a program offered through the YMCA and the Alaska Multiple Sclerosis Center.  Those participating use the water as a means of exercising to maintain their range of motion, flexibility and strength.  Most participants come through the MS center.  Contact Antonia at 929-2567 during the office hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 11-2, or leave a message.

Midtown Location (Main)

Anchorage Community YMCA
5353 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone (907) 563-3211


Southside Location

Southside YMCA At Dimond
800 E Dimond Blvd #3
Anchorage, AK 99515
Phone (907) 344-7788


Mat-Su Location

The Mat-Su YMCA is already working with other groups in the community to determine the needs of our local youth. LEARN MORE

Youth Development Center