Swimming Lessons

The YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. As the foundation of our program, these skills allow students to learn correct swim stroke techniques. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety.

COVID-19 Guidelines for swimming lessons:

  • Masks are required while in the common areas of the YMCA, on the pool deck and while students are not actively swimming. Masks must always be worn by observers.
  • We advise you to keep your group number limited as much as possible when coming to class to help with gathering of too many people on the pool deck and in the locker rooms.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes early to class to help minimize grouping
  • Balcony is closed but there are benches on the pool deck for observation
  • Equipment will be disinfected before and after each class and not shared.
  • Students are expected to arrive in their swimsuits. Locker rooms will be available for restrooms and changing if needed but no showers.
  • Instructors will teach from the deck whenever possible and wear face shields.
  • Class time is instructional time – students must be focused and on task to finish class and be out of the building by exactly 12:30pm.

Private Swim Lessons 

Private Swim Lessons are offered for all ages!
Members: $60.00  (Members only)
Price includes four-30 minute lessons.

Please complete the lesson registration form
and return it to the member service desk or
e-mail the Aquatics Director, Emily

Swim Starters

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

A / Water Discovery  
Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

Qualifications
: None

Ages
: 6 month-3yrs

B / Water Exploration
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Qualifications
: Water Discovery

Ages
: 6 month-3yrs

Swim Basics

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

• Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide,roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
• Jump, push, turn, grab

1 / Water Acclimation
In this beginning class, children develop comfort with being underwater and learn how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications: None

Ages
: 3-12yrs

2 / Water Movement
In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications: (1) able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front & back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance.

Ages: 3-12yrs

3 / Water Stamina

In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances. In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications: (1) able to float on front & back unassisted, (2) able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 feet unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

Ages: 3-12yrs

Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity

4 / Stroke Introduction
Students in this class will develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Qualifications: (1) able to submerge & retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 yards, (4) able to jump in & tread water for 30 seconds (5) able to swim to wall & exit.

5 / Stroke Development 
Students will work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke

Qualifications: (1) able to front crawl & back crawl 25 yards, (2) able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15 yards (3) able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute.

Ages: 5-12yrs

6 / Stroke Mechanics
In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Qualifications:
 (1) able to swim front crawl with bent arm recovery & rotary breathing for 25 yards, (2) able to swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25 yards, (3) able to swim butterfly with over arm recovery, (4) able to swim breaststroke for 25 yards achieving stroke rhythm, (5) able to dive from kneeling  position.

Ages: 5-12yrs

Little Ripples

Not quite ready to make waves on the swim team? Come make LITTLE RIPPLES!! This program is designed to prepare swimmers to be able to join our competitive swim team. Learn to dive, gain endurance and develop motor skills.

Qualifications: (1) able to put face in the water, (2) able to blow bubbles, (3) able to swim a minimum of 25 meters (Stopping a max of 3 times), (4) able to kick 25 meters with a kick board and 15 meters on their back.

Ages: 4-8yrs