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/Child (ages 6-36 months) 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 Lesson Beginner 1- Pike (ages 3-5) THRU MAY

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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

Preschool Swim Lessons Beginner II - Eel (ages 3-5) THRU MAY

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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. 

Preschool Swim Lessons Beginner III - Ray (ages 3-5) THRU MAY

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Ray Ages 3-5. Your swimmer should already be able to: jump in w/out assistance, paddle on front/back/side (25 yds with float belt, 15 ft with out float belt), and front and back float 20 sec with or without float belt

School Aged Swim Lessons (ages 6-14) 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. Ages 6 and up

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.   Ages 6 - 14.

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 wilkl work toward one continuous length of the pool of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, and sidestroke without assistance.  Ages 6 and up

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. Ages 6 and up

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

Flying Fish/Shark Ages 6-14 To enter this level, students must be able to:  float 6 minutes, swim front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke 50 yds, butterfly 15 yds, tread water 3 minutes

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.

Preschool Swim Lessons Beginner III - Starfish (ages 3-5) THRU MAY

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The child should already be able to: front/back float for 30 sec., tread water for 20 sec, swim front paddle with rhythmic breathing, back/side alternating paddle (each stroke 15 yds w/float belt and 20 ft w/out), front and back symmetrical paddle (each stroke 25 yds w/ float belt and 20 ft. w/out)

Beginner Swim Lessons - Polliwog (ages 6-14) THRU MAY

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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. Ages 6 and up.

Advanced Beginner Swim Lessons - Guppy (ages 6-14) THRU MAY

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Children should already be able to perform a basic front crawl, backstroke, and sidestroke for 25 yards each with a float belt and 20 feet without a float belt or instructor assistance; front and back float for 30 seconds; tread water for 30 seconds; jump in deep water unassisted; and show comfort in deep water. Guppy is designed for the school aged advanced-beginning swimmer. Students work on backstroke, front crawl, treading water and basic rotary breathing will be introduced. Children must be able to swim half the length of the pool in good form before passing to Minnow. Ages 6 - 14.

Intermediate I Swim Lesson - Minnow (ages 6-14) THRU MAY

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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 wilkl work toward one continuous length of the pool of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, and sidestroke without assistance. Ages 6 and up.

Intermediate II Swim Lesson - Fish (ages6-14) THRU MAY

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Children should already be able to perform (in good form): front crawl stroke with rotary breathing, breaststroke, sidestroke, back crawl, and elementary back stroke for 25 yards continuously; tread water for 45 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. Ages 6 and up

Advanced I Swim Lesson - Flying Fish (ages 6-14) THRU MAY

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Ages 6-14 The child shoudl 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

Adult Swim Lessons

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It is never too late to learn to swim. Class will be based on the abilities of the participants registered. Ages: 15 and over.

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 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) on your front and back; and swim-float-swim 15 yards (preschool) 

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. 

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