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.

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

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PIKE: Ages 3-5. This level is for the beginner swimmer with little or no ability to swim independantly. Chilren will learn: basic paddling strokes (front, back & side), kicking skills. and gain comfort having their faces in the water.

EEL: Ages 3-5.  This level is for the Intermediate/Beginner swimmer that has some knowledge and ability to swim independently.  Children will build on the basic paddling strokes (front, back, & side) and kicking skills while building endurance to swim farther distances.

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

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POLLIWOG: Ages 6-14.  Beginning level for school age children.  Students will learn to float on their back and front as well as paddle on their front, back, and side.
GUPPY: Ages 6-14.  Beginner/Intermediate level.  The swimmer should be able to swim on their front and back unassisted with a float belt.  Swimmer is able to complete a front and back float unassisted.
MINNOW/FISH: Ages 6-14.  Minnow:  Intermediate swimmer who is able to swim the front crawl and backstroke unassisted / Fish:  Should be able to perform the backstroke, front overarm stroke with rotary breathing (good form for 25 yards), and will progress on breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
FLYING FISH/SHARK: Ages 6-14.  Advanced I & II.  Swimmer should be able to perform front crawl with bi-lateral breathing, backstroke, back crawl, elementary backstroke, & sidestroke for 100 yards and swim the butterfly for 15 yards.

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 - 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 you 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' (preschoolers) 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 Stage 1: Water Acclimation, students (5-older) 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 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' (preschoolers) or 10' (school age).

School Age 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 15 yards (school-age) on your front and back; and swim-float-swim 25 yards (school-age)

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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