Swim Lessons

The YMCA has a 150-year tradition of teaching people how to swim. Now, the YMCA is introducing a new, empowering program to teach children and adults the life-long sport of swimming. Registration for swim lessons is always open.

***New Swim Lesson Curriculum Launches June 1 (registration opens April 1)***

The new swim curriculum is being launched by YMCAs across the country as a dynamic way to progress through each stage of swimming – from water discovery, to water safety, to stroke development for competitive swimming and healthy living.

As swimmers master each skill, they are empowered to move up through the stages, each time challenging themselves and learning something new.

Our existing curriculum (with levels: eels, minnows, etc.) will be offered through May, begining June 1 all students will be migrated to new curriculum. Ask our aquatics staff for more information about your student.

Parent and Child, 6 months to 36 months OFFERED THRU MAY

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Parent - Child (ages 6-36 months) The primary objective of this class is to provide a positive first aquatic experience for children while bonding with their parents. Children will participate in group activities and games which emphasis basic movement in the water such as kicking, arm movements and breath control. Additional activities are based on the developmental abilities of the child. Children are required to wear swim diapers under their swimsuit (No Regular Diapers). One adult per child is required; couples are encouraged. Register Here.

Seahorses (with Parent, age 2+). This class is for the child who is ready to begin Pike level skills, but who is not old enough to take classes on their own. Emphasis will be placed on adjustment, preparation and transition to the Pike level. Register Here.

Preschool Swim Lessons (ages 3-5) OFFERED THRU MAY

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Pike Ages 3-5 There is no pre-requisite other than age. Pike is designed for the preschool-aged beginner who has little to no real experience swimming independently. Children must be willing to participate without parent involvement.  Children will work on: basic paddling strokes (front, back, and side); floating and kicking skills; gaining comfort putting their face in the water; blowing bubbles; and pool safety. Ages 3-5. Register Here. 

Eel Ages 3-5 Children should already be able to perform: front and back float for 10 seconds; paddle on front, back, and side for 10 yards with a float belt and 5 feet without a float belt. Eel is designed for the intermediate preschool swimmer. Participants will begin to learn the basic techniques for freestyle, as well as, front and back floating, basic backstroke, building endurance, and pool safety. Ages 3-5. Register Here.  

Ray/Starfish Ages 3-5  The child should already be able to: jump in w/out assistance,  alternating paddle on front/back/side (25 yds with float belt, 20 ft with out float belt), Front and back float 20 seconds without float belt. Register Here. 

School Aged Swim Lessons (ages 6-14) OFFERED THRU MAY

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Polliwog Ages 6-14 Children should already be able to play around and be comfortable in an aquatic setting. Polliwog is designed for the school-aged beginner who has little experience swimming independently. Children must be willing to participate without parent involvement.  Children will work on floating, kicking, putting their face in the water, blowing bubbles, basic paddle strokes, and pool safety. Register Here. 

Guppy Ages 6-14 Children should already be able to paddle front, back and side 25 yards each with a float belt and 20 feet without a float belt or instructor assistance; front and back float for 30 seconds; jump in deep water unassisted. Students work on backstroke, front crawl, treading water and basic rotary breathing will be introduced. Register Here.

Minnow Ages 6-14 Children should already be able to: perform the front crawl stroke (with rhythmic breathing), back stroke, side stroke, breast stroke, and elementary back stroke for 25 yards each with a float belt and 40 feet continuously without a float belt; front and back float for 1 minute unassisted; and tread water for 30 seconds. Minnow is designed for the school aged intermediate swimmer. Focus will be placed on starting to build endurance. Continued attention on techniques for front crawl stroke with rotary breathing, both backstrokes, sidestroke, breast stroke, and treading water. Children will work toward one continuous length of the pool of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, and sidestroke without assistance. Register Here.

Fish Ages 6-14 Children should already be able to perform (in good form): front crawl stroke with rotary breathing and open turns for 50 yds, breaststroke, sidestroke, back crawl, and elementary back stroke for 50 yards continuously; tread water for 60 seconds. Fish is designed for the school aged intermediate-advanced swimmer. Students will continue their focus on techniques for freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, breast stroke and treading water while increasing endurance. Register Here.

Flying Fish Ages 6-14 The child should already be able to: float 6 minutes, swim the front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke and elementary back stroke for 50 yards. Also swim 15 yards butterfly and tread water 3 minutes. Register Here.

Shark Ages 6-14 Swimmers must already be able to: swim front crawl with bi-lateral breathing 100 yards. Swim breaststroke, Sidestroke, backstroke and elementary backstroke 100 yards each (in good form). Swim butterfly 25 yards. Register Here.

Porpoise Club Ages 8-17 Designed for those with intermediate and higher skills who like to have a coached workout and can swim a minimum of 50 yards of each competitive stroke with proper technique. Emphasis is placed on endurance and technique improvement. Register Here.

Adult Swim Lessons

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 Our adult lesson will teach you to be comfortable in and around water, improve your skills and stroke. 

Swim Starters: Stage A, Water Discovery (6 mo to 3 yrs) BEGINS JUNE

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Parents join infants and toddlers in the water, where they learn how to be comfortable and take part in fun, confidence-building activities. Experience the aquatic environment and learn to enjoy the water.

Move to Stage B when you can respond to verbal cues, you can jump on land and you are at least two years old.

Swim Starters: Stage B, Water Exploration (2 to 3 yrs) BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage B of Swim Starters, your swimmers will explore body positions, floating, and blowing bubbles, and learn fundamental safety skills.

Move to Stage 1 when you are: comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water and are at least 3 years old.

Preschool Stage 1: Water Acclimation BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage 1: Water Acclimation, you will get comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely get out of the water if you fall in. 

Move to Stage 2 when you: are willing to go underwater voluntarily, you can perform a front and back float and you can glide with assistance.

Preschool Stage 2: Water Movement BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage 2: Water Movement, lessons will focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement.

Move to Stage 3 when you can do: a front and back float on your own and front and back glide 5' (preschool) or 10' (school age).

Preschool Stage 3: Water Stamina BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage 3: Water Stamina, students will learn to swim longer distances, how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of your arms and legs.

Move to Stage 4 when you can: swim 10 yards (preschool) or 15 yards (school-age) on your front and back; and swim-float-swim 15 yards (preschool) or 25 yards (school-age)

Preschool Stage 4: Stroke Introduction BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage 4: Stroke Introduction, students develop stroke technique in front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.

Move to Stage 5 when you can: swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, back crawl & front crawl with rotary breathing plus swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks.

School Age Stage 1: Water Acclimation BEGINS JUNE

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In School Age (5-12 years old) Stage 1: Water Acclimation, you will get comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely get out of the water if you fall in. 

Move to Stage 2 when you: are willing to go underwater voluntarily, you can perform a front and back float and you can glide with assistance.

School Age Stage 2: Water Movement BEGINS JUNE

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In School Age (ages 5-12 years) Stage 2: Water Movement, lessons will focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement.

Move to Stage 3 when you can do: a front and back float on your own and front and back glide 10'.

School Age Stage 3: Water Stamina BEGINS JUNE

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In School Age (Ages 5-12 years) Stage 3: Water Stamina students will learn to swim longer distances, how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of your arms and legs.

Move to Stage 4 when you can: swim 15 yards on your front and back; and swim-float-swim 25 yards 

School Age Stage 4: Stroke Introduction BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage 4: Stroke Introduction, students develop stroke technique in front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.

Move to Stage 5 when you can: swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, back crawl & front crawl with rotary breathing plus swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. 

School Age Stage 5: Stroke Development BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage 5: Stoke Development, students will work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes.

Move to stage 6 when you can swim: 50 yards continuously of any stroke, 25 yards of good front crawl, side stroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and 15 yard butterfly.

School Age Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics BEGINS JUNE

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In Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics, swimmers will refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and learn about competitive swimming.

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