What's New This Month At Dan McKinney Family YMCA

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Just Keep Swimming!

Tawfik Abbasi is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Copley-Price Family YMCA. A couple years ago, Tawfik fled from the conflict in Syria and moved to the United States. He came alone, with no friends or family and did not know how to speak or understand English.

Having to begin a new life for himself, he was able to go to school, learn English and find a community of support at the YMCA. Tawfik emphasizes the importance of teaching people life-saving swimming skills and building confidence in and around the water.

He enjoys doing what he can to help people and positively contribute to his community. “I love this job. I like to help people learn how to swim,” he says. “It matters. It’s important.” Hear more about Tawfik's story here.



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Popular Family Activities

Parents Night Out

Enjoy A Night Out • July 27 • Dan McKinney & Firehouse YMCAs

Parents Night Out gives moms and dads the opportunity to enjoy an evening out while the kids have fun at the Y! Each night includes a fun theme with related games, arts & crafts, and healthy snacks for the kids. For more information, please contact Larry Banks at [email protected].

Parents Night Out Dates:

Saturday, July 27: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Friday, August 2: Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Saturday, August 10: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Saturday, August 24: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Learn More About Parents Night Out

Adventure Clubs 2019

Family Time • Ages 5+

The Adventure Clubs program was developed to help strengthen family relationships. As a parent, you have the tremendous opportunity to get you know your child. Spending quality one-on-one time with your child will help build a strong bond of trust and memories that will last a lifetime. Yearly program fee and event fees apply. Events and activities include: camp outs, bowling, hiking, monthly gatherings and much more! For more information, please contact Lauren Gregg at [email protected]

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Preschool with the YMCA

Developing Our Youth • Dan McKinney Family YMCA • Ages 4-5 • Half Day Program

Prepare your child for kindergarten! Enroll today in Pre K Kinder Readiness Class. We have 5-day, 3-day and 2-day options are available. This program is Half Day from 8:30am-12:00pm. Contact Preschool Director Brenda Stevens at (858) 535-2922 or [email protected] for more information regarding enrollment. 

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Birthday Parties at the YMCA

Let's Celebrate • Dan McKinney Family YMCA • Saturdays & Sundays

Host your upcoming birthday party at the YMCA! Choose from a variety of party options, including Gymnastics, Adventure Center, Aquatics and Cooking themed parties. For more information about Adventure Center parties, please contact Larry Banks at [email protected].

Browse Open Dates and Times

Flick 'N Swim

Family Time • August 2 • 7:00-9:00 pm

Make Friday your family fun night and join us for a movie at the pool! Spend some quality time together and watch a great flick on the big screen. Families are welcome to bring chairs and blankets, as well as floaties for the pool. Register at the Welcome Center.

Register Online



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Activities for Children

Summer Camp

Best Summer Ever! • June - August

Summer camps at the YMCA of San Diego County introduce children and teens to fun, new experiences that are designed to help them feel confident, socialize, and stay active in a secure, safe environment. Register soon! Camp begins June 12.

More Info on Camps

Extra Curricular Enrichment

Keeping Them Engaged • Multiple dates and times 

School is back in session!  Keep your child growing with our after school enrichment programs. 

More Info on Enrichment

La Jolla Lightning YMCA Swim Team

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids • Multiple Dates and Times Available

The La Jolla Lightning Swim Team (LJ Lightning) is a competitive swim team that strives to provide the best opportunity for kids to achieve success in and out of the pool. With a focus on team building, the coaches are committed to providing each swimmer with an environment that fosters personal growth, goal development and team unity. The LJ Lightning offers a complete program for all ages and level from beginning development swimmers to swimmers who are committed and striving for USA swimming time standards and success. Any swimmer interested in joining swim team must set up a time to do swim evaluation with the Head Coach to determine which group on the swim team will be the bets fit for them. The swimmer must have knowledge and ability to perform all 4 competitive strokes for 25 yerads: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. 

Schedule a Swim Evaluation Today

Swim Lessons

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids • Multiple Dates and Times Available

Knowing how to swim is a life-saving skill that opens up a vast array of opportunities to stay fit, develop self-confidence, build relationships and safely enjoy outdoor aquatic activities like snorkeling, surfing, river rafting and more - and it's never too late to learn! Find a class today.

Register Today

Gymnastics Lessons

Flipping Out • Multiple Dates and Times Available • Ages 5-17

At the YMCA, we offer a multitude of different gymnastic classes and combination gymnastic classes designed to teach young children the basics of several different sports.

Register Today

Youth Parkour Lessons

Flip Into Action • Multiple Dates and Times Available • Ages 6-17

Students will learn how to run, vault, flip, climb, and roll over obstacles. The goal of these classes will be to teach students how to safely maneuver through their environment in a fun and creative way.

Sign Up!

Youth Basketball Skills Clinics

Learn Important Skills • Multiple Dates and Times Available

Dan McKinney Family YMCA offers a variety of youth basketball skills clinics, including Basketball 101 and Advanced Skills and Drills. See all of our skills clinics and sign up today for the one best fit for your child!

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Fall Youth Sports

Kids playing sportsGet in the Game! • Coming in September

No matter your child's age of interest, we have a fun and engaging program for it that focuses on teamwork, friendly competition, athletics and encouragement.

Our multi-sport programs promote fitness by providing an introduction to a wide variety of sports, games and a variety of enrichment activities while emphasizing character values and sportsmanship.

More Info on Sports Leagues


Ongoing Activities for Your Children

Sports • Bring your game to the Y this season! Browse Sports Activities

Dance • Dancing is a fun and creative workout experience that's fun for all ages! Browse Dance Activities

Pool • We offer lap swim, recreational swim, and aquatics activities. View Pool Schedule

Swim • Gain life saving skills!  Browse swim classes and levels. 

Gymnastics • Weekly classes for ages 1 and up! Browse Gymnastics Classes



Activities for Teens

Youth & Government

Become A Leader • Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Our Youth & Government program works with teens to develop leadership skills, public speaking, critical thinking, and learn about the California legislator and court system. This will be done over two training conferences and a final conference in Sacramento where the Model Legislator and Court program will take place.

More Info On Teen Programs



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Activities for Health and Wellness

Adult "A" League Basketball

Let's Play • July 8 - September 9 • Monday evenings

The Dan McKinney Family YMCA is home to San Diego’s premier adult basketball leagues! Our leagues are a great way for you to stay in shape, have fun and meet new friends in the community while playing competitive basketball. Plus referee fees are included in our prices so it’s a great value! Bring a team of five of your friends and get in the game! This league is for players with collegiate/professional experience.

Register Online

Adult Martial Arts Class

Learn Self-Discipline • Ages 18+ • July 8-29

The YMCA offers a variety of martial arts classes for different ages and skill levels. These classes are a great way to learn self-discipline, self-esteem, and respect.

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Personal Training

Get Fit • Multiple Dates and Times Available

Our certified personal trainers use their knowledge of current research concepts, methods of sound exercise principles, and state-of-the-art equipment to guide you to your fitness goals. Based on your health and individual needs, our personal trainers will customize and implement a program to fit your goals. No matter your fitness level, nothing can replace the support, challenge, and accountability that come with a trainer onboard your workout.

Learn More About Personal Fitness

Reiki Therapy

Treating The Whole Person Appointments Available Daily

Reike is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reike as a treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.

More Info on Reiki Therapy

Hayashi-Ha Family Karate

Learn Self-Defense • Appointments Available Daily

Hayashi-ha Karate is traditional Japanese karate-do classes taught by certified members of Japan Hayashi-ha Shito-ryukai with over 20 years of experience. Perfect for all all ages, Hayashi-ha teaches fighting basics such as punches, kicks and blocks, Kata (forms), Kumite (sparring), stretching, strength conditioning, self-defense techniques, as well as games and other activities.

Classes are divided into two groups:

Beginner/Novice Class for white through purple belts of all ages. 

  • Intermediate/Advanced Class for green through black of all ages as well. 

All new students are required to attend the beginner/novice class until they meet the requirements of the instructor to attend the intermediate/advanced class.

Martial Arts Classes


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Y's Active Adults (50+)

Ongoing Y Active Adult Activities

Wednesdays at 11:00 am and Fridays at 12:15 pm

Meditate for a better you! Come learn ways to relax your mind and body to connect with your inner peace.

Learn More About YAA Programs



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Special Events and Activities

Member Dress Up

Summer Time Fun • Ongoing

This summer, join the Dan McKinney & Shepherd Firehouse Family YMCA Member Service department by participating in weekly themes each Friday-Sunday. We are encouraging everyone to play along and make this the best summer ever! Dress up with us and put your name in an opportunity drawing to win a fun prize! A new winner is chosen each week. See dates and themes below:

  • July 19-21: Summerween
  • July 26-28: Mix & Match
  • August 2-4: Superhero
  • August 9-11: Pirates
  • August 16-18: Pajama & Crazy Hair
  • August 23-25: Y Spirit

Facility Updates and Member Alerts

Temporary Aquatics Center Closure

For Your Safety • Ongoing Updates

PONY Baseball season has started and due to safety concerns with baseballs potentially getting hit into our pools, we are closing our Aquatic Center during practices and games. We have been working regularly for a long-term solution with the City of San Diego and the baseball operators. Naturally, more permanent solutions, like a net, require permitting, etc. and take some time.  For more information and for the current pool schedule please click here. 



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