At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for every child, teen and adult.

New and Improved Swim Lesson Curriculum

YMCAs across the country are adopting a new swim lesson curriculum and organization, making it easier for children to become comfortable and safe in and around water. The new YMCA Swim Lessons begin with the development of basic swimming skills as well as gaining confidence and ease in the water. From there, swimmers refine the strokes they have learned and progress their skills. The new lessons also include character development, family involvement and safety education components. There are three phases, beginning with Swim Starters (children 6-36 months), then Swim Basics and Swim Strokes. 

SWIM STARTERS (Under 3 years old)

The Swim Starters program teaches a parent or caregiver how to help develop aquatic readiness. The program develops a high comfort level for the child in water and teaches parents about water safety and drowning prevention, developing a foundation of aquatic skills through fun and confidence-building experiences.

A: Water Discovery
Parents accompany children in this class which introduces babies and parents to the aquatic environment through exploration that encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

B: Water Exploration
In this class, parents are guided to work with their child to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

SWIM BASICS (ages 3 to 14)

Swim Basics are introductory classes divided into three progressive stages that include the foundations of water safety and basic swimming skills, focusing on swimming to safety. Classes for children ages 3 to 5 will have no more than 4 students per instructor.

1.
Water Acclimation:
    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
    Qualifications:  NONE

 2.  Water Movement:
    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
    Qualifications: (1) able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, (3) able   
    to jump in the pool,  submerge and return to the wall with assistance.

3.  Water Stamina:
    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances.
    Qualifications: (1) able to float on front and back unassisted, (2) able to push off wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 ft (5 ft preschool)
    unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 ft unassisted, (4) able to tread water for 10 seconds

SWIM STROKES  

Learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, fostering a lifetime of physical activity. Classes for children ages 6 to 14 will have no more than 6 students per instructor.

  1. Stroke Introduction: (Ages 3 to 14)
    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl & back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
    Qualifications: (1) able to submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim on front 15 yds (10 yds preschool) while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 25 yds (15 yds preschool) (4) able to jump in and tread water for 1 minute (30 secs preschool)
  2. Stroke Development: (Ages 6 to 14)
    Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
    Qualifications: (1) able to swim 25 yds, (2) able to swim front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yds, (3)  able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15 yds, (4) able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute.
  3. Stroke Mechanics: (Ages 6 to 14)
    Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
    Qualifications: (1) able to swim front crawl with bent arm recovery and rotary breathing for 25 yds, (2) able to swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25 yds, (3) able to swim butterfly with overarm recovery for 15 yds, (4) able to swim breaststroke for 25 yds achieving stroke rhythm, (5) able to dive from a kneeling position.

TEEN and ADULT LESSONS
(Ages 15 and up)
For very beginner to intermediate level swimmers.

PRIVATE LESSONS 
Available by appointment only.  For one on one or two student instruction. See Customer Service Desk for application.

$18/30 minutes for Y Members
$24/30 minutes for Participants 

Swim Program Registration Form

8 Lesson Weekday Sessions:  Meets 2 days a week for 4 weeks
Parent/Child Classes Y Members - $28   Participants - $45
Pre-School Classes    Y Members - $48   Participants - $65
All Other Classes       Y Members - $38  Participants - $55

Weekday Sessions (8 classes)

1.  August 29 - September 21
2.  September 26 - October 19
3
.  October 24 - November 16

Swim Starters - Parent/Child (6-35 months)

Stages A&B

T/Th

10:30 - 11 AM

 

T/Th

4:15 - 4:45 PM

Swim Basics -Preschool (3 - 5 yr olds)

Stage 1

T/Th

11:05 - 11:45 AM

 

 

4:15 - 4:55 PM

 

 

5:45 - 6:25 PM

Stage 2

T/Th

11:05 - 11:45 AM

 

 

4:15 - 4:55 PM

 

 

5 - 5:40 PM

Stage 3

T/Th

5 - 5:40 PM

Swim Strokes - Preschool (3 - 5 yr olds)

Stage 4

T/Th

5 - 5:40 PM

Swim Basics - School Age (6 -14 yr olds)

Stages 1 & 2

T/Th

4:15 - 4:55 PM

 

 

5:45 - 6:25 PM

Stage 3

T/Th

5:45 - 6:25 PM

Swim Strokes - School Age (6 - 14 yr olds)

Stage 4

T/Th

5:45 - 6:25 PM

Stages 5 & 6

T/Th

5 - 5:40 PM

Teen & Adult Lesson (15 yr olds & older)

Stages 1 to 5

T/Th

11:05 - 11:45 AM

 

 

5:45 - 6:30 PM


4 Lesson Saturday Sessions
Parent/Child Classes  $18/Y Members    $28/Participants
Pre-School Classes    $36/Y Members    $46/Participants
All Other Classes      $28/Y Members    $38/Participants

A.  September 2 - 23
B.  September 30 - October 21       
C.  October 21 - November 18

Swim Starters - Parent/Child (6-35 months)

Stages A & B

Sat

10:30 - 11 AM

Swim Basics/Strokes -Preschool (3-5 yr  olds)

Stages 1 & 2

Sat

10:30 - 11:10 AM

Stages 3 & 4

Sat

10:30—11:10 AM

Swim Basics/Strokes - School Age(6-14 yr olds)

Stages 1 & 2

Sat

11:15 - 11:55 AM

Stages 3 & 4

Sat

11:15 - 11:55 AM

Teen & Adult Lesson (15 yr olds & older)

Stages 1 to 5

Sat

11:15 - 11:55 AM