Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Fun.
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.
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School Age Swim Lessons (Ages 6-12)
Our lesson program is made up of six levels of swimming and water safety instruction. As participants progress through the levels and develop these aquatic skills they will become better and safer swimmers. Children will be placed into levels based upon their abilities.
In Levels 1-3 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.
In Levels 4-6 Students will 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.
Questions? Contact Kim Waite, Director of Aquatics, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT CLASS DOES MY CHILD BELONG IN?
Children who are ages 6-12 should register for School Age Swim Lessons. 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 “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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Learn to Swim (6 – 12 years) - 40 minute lessons
Level 1: Water Acclimation – 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 – 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 Level 1)
Level 3: Water Stamina – 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 Level 2).
Level 4: Stroke Introduction – This class introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. (Prerequisite Level 3)
Level 5: Stroke Development – This level introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. (Prerequisite Level 4)
Level 6: Stroke Mechanics - This level refines strokes technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. (Prerequisite Level 5)
Fall Swim Lessons 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 once a week for 7 weeks)
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Listed below are some At Home Activities you can do during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Swim on Front – Breathing
Swim on Front – Endurance
Front Crawl – Arm Movement
Front Crawl – Balance
Front Crawl – Breathing
Front Crawl – Leg Movement
Sidestroke Leg Movement