Swim Lessons

Swimming at the YMCA

The YMCA has a long history of teaching swim lessons. In fact, the Y is credited for being first to develop a group swim instruction program in 1906. We have come a long way since that first group lesson. Our swim curriculum is extensively research-based and enables swimmers to advance more confidently and quickly through the stages.

Stages A and B: Infant and Toddler

6 mos. – 3 yrs.

Getting comfortable in the water with a parent or guardian.

Stages 1-3:

Pre-School – School Age

Confidence building in the water, instilling good water safety habits, basic swim skills, and personal growth.

Stages 4-6:

Pre-School – School Age

Confidence building in deep water as well as learning the six basic strokes.

Adult – All skill levels – Age 13 and older

45-min classes are designed for teens and adults who are beginning swimmers, or looking to develop stroke technique and improve endurance.


Pre-School

Parent-Child Stage A: Water Discovery 6 months to 3 years, 30 minutes

Infants and toddlers are introduced to the aquatics environment. Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents and guardians learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Parent-Child Stage B: Water Exploration 6 months to 3 years, 30 minutes

Focus on learning body positions, blowing bubbles, and practicing fundamental safety and aquatic skills. In this stage, children are still accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Preschool Stage 1: Water Acclimation Ages 3 – 5 years, 30 minutes

Introduction to the pool and develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water in the event they fall in. This introductory stage builds the foundation for the child’s future progress in swimming.

Preschool Stage 2: Water Movement Ages 3 – 5 years, 30 minutes

Focus on body position and control, forward movement, directional change, and basic self-rescue skills. This stage also reinforces how to safely exit a body of water in the event of falling in.

Preschool Stage 3: Water Stamina Ages 3 – 5 years, 30 minutes

Basic stroke techniques, rotary breathing, and integrated arm and leg action. In the event they fall into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety, and exit.

Preschool Stage 4: Stroke Introduction Ages 3 – 5 years, 40 minutes

Develop basic front crawl and back-crawl strokes and are introduced to components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes. Students also build endurance and practice safety techniques for deep water.


School Age

SCHOOL AGE Stage 1: Water Acclimation Ages 6 – 12 years, 30 minutes

Introduction to the pool and develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water in the event they fall in. This introductory stage builds the foundation for the child’s future progress in swimming.

SCHOOL AGE Stage 2: Water Movement Ages 6 – 12 years, 30 minutes

Focus on body position and control, forward movement, directional change, and basic self-rescue skills. This stage also reinforces how to safely exit a body of water in the event of falling in.

SCHOOL AGE Stage 3: Water Stamina Ages 6 – 12 years, 30 minutes

Basic stroke techniques, rotary breathing, and integrated arm and leg action. In the event they fall into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety, and exit.

SCHOOL AGE Stage 4: Stroke Introduction Ages 6 – 12 years, 40 minutes

Develop basic front crawl and backcrawl strokes and are introduced to components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes. Students also build endurance and practice safety techniques for deep water.

SCHOOL AGE Stage 5: Stroke Development Ages 6 – 12 years, 40 minutes

Continue with stroke techniques and are introduced to all competitive strokes. Swimmers develop stamina in the basic front crawl and backcrawl strokes, learn the breast and butterfly strokes. Deep water safety and endurance are also reinforced.

SCHOOL AGE Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics Ages 6 – 12 years, 40 minutes

Further develop skills and form with competitive strokes. Drills improve technique and also include instruction and practice on turns and streamlines.


PRIVATE

All skill levels – All ages 30 minutes, by appointment only

Private and semi-private lessons are a great option for swimmers looking to catch up or get ahead. These lessons provide individualized attention to help improve or master swimming skills. Customized curriculum to meet desired goals.

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