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Swim Lessons

The YMCA has been teach swimming for more than 150 years, we continue this legacy at Wheatlands with summer swim lesson for all ages.

Preschool Swim Lessons (ages 3-5)

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PIKE - Beginner I - 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. 

Eel Beginner II - 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. 

Ray - Beginner III - Ages 3-5

Children should already be able to: jump in without assistance, alternating paddle on front/back/side (25 yards with float belt, 20 feet without float belt), front and back float 20 seconds without float belt.

School Aged Swim Lessons (ages 6-14)

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Guppy - Advanced Beginner - 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. 

Minnow - Intermediate - 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.

Private Swim Lessons

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Wheatlands offers private and semi-private lessons. Registration is required.