Swim Lessons

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids

Our swim lessons are about more than just the techniques and skills. They are about nurturing swimming skills, developing self-esteem and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime. When it comes to swimming and water safety, no one is trusted more than the YMCA, America's Swim Instructor. In fact, group swim instruction was developed by the YMCA in 1906. Explore swim lesson stages for children ages 6 months - 12 years below. 

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids.  All lessons meet once a week for seven weeks.  

Members: $55, Non-members: $110. 

2018 Session

April 23--June 9
 
June 25-August 18
Keep swimming over the summer at the Y or at one of our off-site locations. The Summer Swim schedule is now available.

 

Swim Starters

Swim Starters

Stage A:Water Discovery

Swim Basics are introductory classes divided into three progressive stages that include the foundations of water safety and basic swimming skills, focusing on swimming to safety. This stage introduces swimmers to the pool and helps them develop safe water habits.
In Water Discovery, infants and toddlers are introduced to the aquatics environment.

Accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents and guardians learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

AGES: 6 months- 3 years
TIME: 30 minutes per lesson

Swim Starters

Swim Starters

Stage B:Water Exploration

Water Exploration focuses on learning body positions, blowing bubbles and practicing fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents and guardians learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

AGES: 6 months - 3 years
TIME: 30 minutes per lesson

Swim Basics

Swim Basics

Stage 1:Water Acclimation

Water Acclimation is the first stage of swim lessons and focuses on skills for beginners. In Water Acclimation, students are introduced to the pool and develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water in the event they fall in. This introductory stage builds the foundation for the child's future progress in swimming.

Age groups are taught the same skills but divided according to their developmental milestones.

AGES: Preschool (3-5) or Youth (5-12)
TIME: 30-45 minutes per lesson

Swim Basics

Swim Basics

Stage 2:Water Movement

Water Movement is the second stage of swim lessons. In this stage, students focus on body position and control, forward movement, directional change and basic self-rescue skills. This stage also reinforces how to safely exit a body of water in the event of falling in.


AGES: Preschool (3-5) or Youth (5-12)
TIME: 30-45 minutes per lesson

Swim Basics

Swim Basics

Stage 3:Water Stamina

Water Stamina is the third stage of swim lessons and the final stage in the Swim Basics phase. In this stage, students learn basic stroke techniques, rotary breathing and integrated arm and leg action. In the event they fall into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety and exit.


AGES: Preschool (3-5) or Youth (5-12)
TIME: 30-45 minutes per lesson

Swim Strokes

Swim Strokes

Stage 4:Stroke Introduction

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.

Stroke Introduction is the fourth stage of swim lessons and the first in the Swim Strokes category. Students develop the basic frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes and are introduced to components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes. Students also build endurance and practice safety techniques for deep water.


AGES: Preschool (3-5) or Youth (5-12)
TIME: 30-45 minutes per lesson

Swim Strokes

Swim Strokes

Stage 5:Stroke Development

Stroke Development is the fifth stage of swim lessons. Students continue to work on their stroke techniques and are introduced to all competitive strokes. Swimmers develop stamina in the basic frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes, learn the breast and butterfly strokes. Deep water safety and endurance are also reinforced.

AGES: 5-12
TIME: 45 minutes per lesson

Swim Strokes

Swim Strokes

Stage 6:Stroke Mechanics

Swimmers refine their stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and learn about competitive swimming. Swimmers develop endurance in the competitive strokes, learn skills related to competitive swimming like racing starts and flip turns, and enhance their techniques and build endurance in deep water.

For kids able to swim the competitive strokes, Stroke Techniques offer an opportunity to further develop skills and form. Classes use drills to improve technique and also include instruction and practice on turns and streamlines.

AGES: 5-12
TIME: 45 minutes per lesson

Special Needs Swim Lessons

Special Needs Swim Lessons

Swim Basics & Swim Starters

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.


AGES: 3 years and up
TIME: 30 minutes per lesson

Intro to Competitive Swimming

Intro to Competitive Swimming

An introductory course to competitive swimming and a great opportunity for completive swimmers to improve stroke refinement, racing starts, turns, conditioning and endurance.


PREQ: Completed Swim Strokes level 6
AGES: 7 years and up
TIME: 45 minutes per lesson

Advanced Competitive Clinic

Advanced Competitive Clinic

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
TIME: 60 minutes per lesson