Preschool Swim Lessons - Ages 6 mo – 5 yrs

For the past 120 years Y’s have offered swim lessons. We have always been driven to be on the cutting edge of swim instructing. Our lessons are designed to challenge, motivate, and provide focus on water safety and proper swimming technique.

A few benefits of Our Lesson Program are:

  • Knowledgeable and trained swim instructors
  • Small Class Size (Preschool & School Age Levels)

What makes our program different?

The goal of the YMCA swim lesson program is to develop the whole person – spiritually, mentally and physically. Our teaching methods focus primarily on student-centered learning, increasing awareness of safety in all aspects and assisting participants in perfecting skills to the best of their ability. The goal is to create a life-long interest in aquatics activities and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Questions? Contact Kim Waite, Director of Aquatics, E-mail:

What class does my child belong in?

Children who are ages 3-5 should register for Preschool Swim Lesson. At the beginning of the first day of the session our certified Swim Instructors will place the children in a group that will best fit their needs and abilities. This will primarily be based on observations in the water and our records from prior sessions.

What days and times are classes offered?

Days and times and classes can be located by session by clicking on the “View Classes & Register” button. You will be taken to our registration system, where you may choose to register. Viewing this page does not commit you to registering.

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Class Descriptions

Parent/child lessons (6 months – 3 years)

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. Swim diapers are required for non-potty trained children.

Parent/Child Stage A– This Parent/Child class introduces you and your child to the aquatic environment. You will learn how to safely work with your child in the water through music, games and the use of instructional tools. Your child will receive an introduction to basic skills that lay the foundation for learning to swim.

Parent/Child Stage B – This is the second level of Parent/ Child classes. This class builds on the skills learned in Level 1 and focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety.

Swim diapers are required for non-potty trained children.

Fall Session 1: September 12 - October 30

Fall Session 2: October 31 - December 18

Stage A is offered on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Stage B is offered on Saturdays at 9:45 a.m.

Stages A & B Combined are offered on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.

All classes are 30 minutes. 

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Busy bodies (3-5 years)

This is a preschool enrichment program designed to provide activities that will help your child develop academically, grow socially, make friends and become comfortable in a classroom setting. During this time your child will also receive a 30 minute swim lesson. It is definitely a fun time had by all!

Group meets Fridays 9:30 am – 11:30 am

This group is currently not meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Preschool lessons (3 – 5 years)

30 minute lessons

Students will 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; and Jump, push, turn, grab. Children will be placed in classes based on their abilities.

Level 1: Water Acclimation (Ages 3-5) – No skill prerequisites. Children will become familiar with an aquatics environment. Children will develop an increased comfort with underwater exploration and will be introduced to basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Emphasis is placed on helping children to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around the water.

Level 2: Water Movement (Ages 3-5) – This level encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills to be performed independently. Children will continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes. (Prerequisite Preschool Level 1)

Level 3: Water Stamina (Ages 3-5) – This is an advanced class where all skills are performed independently. Children will develop intermediate self-rescue skills that will be performed at longer distances than in previous levels. Children will work on coordinating combined simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions. (Prerequisite Preschool Level 2)

Fall Swim Lesson Session 1: September 12 - October 30 (classes meet once a week for 7 weeks)

Fall Swim Lesson Session 2 October 31 - December 18: (classes meet twice a week for 3 weeks)

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Listed Below are some At Home Activities you can do with your child while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just click on each and it will take you to the activity. 


Front Float

Front Glide

Back Float

Back Glide

Swim on Front – Breathing

Swim on Front – Endurance

Front Crawl – Arm Movement

Front Crawl – Balance

Front Crawl – Breathing

Front Crawl – Leg Movement