Swim Lessons

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At the YMCA, our goal is to create a healthy respect for water to keep everyone safe and create a lifelong love of water activities. The basis of Y swim lessons is water safety skills. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency as they progress from one swim level to the next. As swimmers progress, they are taught the recommended skills that everyone should have around water, including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Pool activities, games, and drills geared to reinforce learning are used as students progress between levels.

All of our YMCA swim instructors are Red Cross trained and certified. They are also trained and certified in Child Abuse Prevention, and receive training in Social-Emotional and Mental Health Awareness. All swimmers receive a swim assessment when they enter the pool to determine their skill level. Non-swimmers will be required to wear a life vest provided by the YMCA. All swimmers must wear a swim cap, available at the front desk for purchase.

Each swim lesson session has a set of four 50 minute lessons. At the end of the third lesson, swim instructors provide each participant with a report card showing which skills have been mastered and which skills need improvement. Once all skills in the level have been mastered, a swimmer is promoted to the next level. The skills taught in each level are listed below.

All participants must wear a swimsuit and swim cap and shower prior to class. Rash guards are also acceptable to wear over the top of the suit. No t-shirts or street shorts allowed. Microfiber is acceptable. Please bring a towel. Goggles are optional and are available at the Y for purchase. All children who are not potty trained must wear swimmer diapers and are available at the Y for purchase. Regular diapers inflate and can break apart in the pool.

PARENT & CHILD (6 months – 3 years of age)

The is a parent and child class that teaches necessary confidence around water while still having fun! Children as young as three months can learn life-saving swimming skills. Teaching your baby or toddler water skills will help them know how to react to being in the water and will also provide an opportunity for an adult to teach and interact with their little one. Parent & Child swimming classes are a comfortable environment for both children and parents. Our instructors create an interactive, engaging learning environment by using songs and other fun activities.

  • Front & Back Float with assistance
  • Front & Back Float
  • Submerge entire body
  • Blow bubbles with the nose
  • Front & Back Streamline off the wall
  • Introduction to arm strokes
  • Both Front Crawl & Backstroke
  • Kick with kickboard 25 yards unassisted
  • Change directions with kickboard
  • Alternate Front and Back Float unassisted
  • Jump into 5 feet deep water, swim to the side & climb out using the elbow/elbow/ knee technique
  • Swim Front Crawl 10 yards with side breathing
  • Swim Backstroke 10 yards

Combine Test

Jump in 5 feet deep water, tread water for 1 minute then swim 10 yards (Front Crawl and/or Backstroke), climb out of the water and perform a reaching assist.

Water Safety

  • Identify a lifeguard
  • Comfortable wearing a life-vest
  • Reaching assist using a lifeguard tube
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Irregular object reach assist

 

  • Front & Back Float with assistance
  • Front & Back Float 
  • Submerge entire body
  • Blow bubbles with the nose
  • Front & Back Streamline off the wall
  • Introduction to arm stroke 
  • Both Front Crawl & Backstroke
  • Kick with kickboard 25 yards unassisted
  • Change directions with kickboard
  • Alternate Front and Back Float unassisted
  • Jump into 5 feet deep water, swim to the side & climb out using the elbow/elbow/ knee technique
  • Swim Front Crawl 10 yards with side breathing
  • Swim Backstroke 10 yards 

Combine Test

Jump in 5 feet deep water, tread water for 1 minute then swim 10 yards (Front Crawl and/or Backstroke), climb out of the water and perform a reaching assist.

Water Safety

  • Identify a lifeguard
  • Comfortable wearing a life-vest
  • Reaching assist using a lifeguard tube
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Irregular object reach assist

Silver Level Skills-

  • Demonstrate and use 3-point entry
  • Front Crawl with side breathing 25 yards with Streamline
  • Backstroke 25 yards with Streamline
  • Front Crawl flip turn
  • Breaststroke kick Front & Back
  • Introduction to Elementary Backstroke & Breaststroke
  • Elementary Backstroke & Breaststroke open turns

 

Gold Level Skills-

  • Front Crawl 50 yards with slips turn
  • Backstroke 50 yards with a back turn
  • 25 yards Elementary Backstroke
  • 25 yards Breaststroke two hands touch finish
  • Introduction to Butterfly kick

 

Combined Test for Gold Level

Enter the water with a three-point entry, swim 200 yards (25 Elementary Backstroke, 50 Front Crawl, 50 Backstroke, 50 optional kick, 25-yard Breaststroke) Nonstop, no time standard.

 

Water Safety for Silver & Gold

  • Tread water for 2 minutes
  • Swim 15 yards with a lifeguard rescue tube
  • Throwing assist
  • 100 Yard Front Crawl & Backstroke with turns nonstop
  • Breaststroke streamlines
  • 50-yard Breaststroke with proper turn and two hand finish
  • 25-yard Butterfly
  • Surface dives both feet first and head first
  • Perform hands-only CPR

 

Test for Platinum Level

  • 2 minutes tread water legs only, hands under armpits
  • Swim 300 yards nonstop (100 IM, 200 mixed Front Crawl or
  • Backstroke or Breaststroke) No time standard
  • Surface dive in 5 feet deep water, pick up a diving brick, swim
  • 10 yards to the edge and place the brick on the deck and climb out of the water in 1 minute.
An underwater shot of a young girl puffing out her cheeks with air, learning the basics of swimming

Swim Lesson Schedule

Classes are offered only on Saturday mornings. 

Each class is 50 minutes. There are 3 sessions: 

  • April 30-May 21 (4 classes)  
  • June 4-June 25 (4 classes) 
  • July 9-July 30 (4 classes) 

Price: 

  • Members $85 per session (4 classes) 
  • Non-Members $125 per session (4 classes) 

Bronze 1 (Beginners ages 3-6 years old)

Bronze 2 (Beginners ages 7 years and up) 

Silver/Gold Level Hybrid Class

Platinum Level    

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