YMCA SWIM LESSONS: Swim Basics for Preschool, School Age, Teens, and Adults

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

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the
recommended skills to 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.
Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students
progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

Stage Descriptions:
1/ Water Acclimation Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces
basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
2/ Water Movement Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills
performed independently.
3/ Water Stamina Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances
than in previous stages.

Class Time: 30-45 minutes

YMCA SWIM LESSONS: Swim Strokes for Preschool, School Age, Teens, and Adults

Swim Strokes include three stages that cover introduction and refinement of swimming strokes. In
this stage, swimmers learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, refine skills and
improve stamina.

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the
four competitive swimming strokes, as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Stage 4 is the only stage in this category that applies to preschool. Only School Age, Teen and
Adults do stages 4–6.

Stage Descriptions:
4/ Stroke Introduction Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
5/ Stroke Development Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety
through treading water and sidestroke. Not for preschool.
6/ Stroke Mechanics Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages
swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Not for preschool.

Class Time: 30-45 minutes

YMCA SWIM LESSONS: Special Needs Swim, Intro to Competitive Swimming, Advanced Competitive Swimming.

Stage Descriptions:
Special Needs Swim Lessons Specialized instruction is offered for children and adults who have neurological, physical or social challenges. Participants enrolling in special needs swim basics should have a parent or aide accompany them in the water. Must be at least three years old.
Intro to Competitive Swimming An introductory course to competitive swimming and a great opportunity for competitive swimmers to improve stroke refinement, racing starts, turns, conditioning and endurance.

PREQ: Completed Swim Strokes level 6
AGES: 7 years and up

Advanced Competitive Swimming This program is for students who have participated in
an introductory course or who have already participated on a swim team and are looking
for further conditioning, working on endurance and refining the competitive skills.

PREQ: Completed Intro to Competitive Swimming
AGES: 9 years and up