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.