Parent/Child Swim Lessons

Parent/Child Instruction – Shrimp/Kipper (6-12 months)

This is your child’s first experience in the water. You can look forward to helping them learn water adjustment skills as you sing songs, play games, and practice safe swimming skills.

Parent/Child Instruction – Inia (13-18 months)

This class will encourage your child’s motor, cognitive, and social skills as they continue to grow and develop. Class activities are fun and playful for both you and your child.

Parent/Child Instruction – Perch (19 months-3 years)

This class focuses on helping your child learn through play as they experiment with buoyancy and independence. Basic stroke skills and water safety are introduced.

Parent/Child Instruction – Perch Plus (2-4 years)

This class focuses on preparing your child for independent group lessons. Proper use of Instructional Flotation Device (IFD) is stressed. This final Parent/Child class emphasizes sequential progression and skill mastery.

 

Pre-School Swim Lessons (3-5 years)

Pike

This is your child’s first swimming experience without a parent or guardian. This class will focus on water comfort, blowing bubbles, kicking, paddling, and floating with assistance. independent swimming will be introduced. Water safety and proper use of Instructional Flotation Devices (IFD) are emphasized.

Eel

Children entering an Eel class should be independently jumping in and be able to swim at least 8 feet on their front, back and side without the assistance of an IFD. The emphasis in this class will be for the children to start swimming with alternating paddles, especially with their faces in the water. Continued independent swimming and safety are emphasized.

Ray

Children entering a Ray class should have the ability to swim 15 feet without IFD, in a horizontal body position with alternating paddles on their front. It is also expected that they be able to swim a minimum of 8 feet on their back and side with alternating paddles. In the deep end of the pool, children will be introduced to diving and treading. Rhythmic breathing will be taught as well as Elementary backstroke. Endurance will be emphasized.

Starfish

Children entering a Starfish class should have the ability to swim half a length of the pool front, back, and side without an IFD in a horizontal position, as well as, treat water for 15 seconds. Children are expected to have rudimentary knowledge of Breaststroke and Elementary Backstroke. They should be comfortable swimming independently in the deep end of the pool. Diving will continue to be worked on. This class will focus on stroke refinement and endurance.

 

Youth Swim Lessons (6-12 years)

Polliwog

This class is for the beginner swimmer with no precious water experience necessary. This class will focus on the development of proper body position, floating, gliding, paddling and personal water safety. The use of an Instructional Flotation Device (IFD) is recommended in this level in order to get the child comfortable swimming independently.

Polliwog Advanced

Polliwog Advanced is an advanced beginner glass for children who are comfortable completely submerging their heads underwater. They will be introduced to rhythmic breathing and stroke development. Children entering a Polliwog Advanced class should have completed all the skills required at the end of the Polliwog Beginner class. They are expected to be able to swim to their instructor on their front, back and side for a minimum distance of 3ft. theses children may wear an IFD.

Guppy

Children entering a Guppy class should have the ability to swim half a length of the pool in a horizontal position on their front, back and side without assistance or the use of an IFD. They need to be comfortable swimming independently in the deep end of the pool as well as treading water for 30 seconds. Children are expected to have a rudimentary knowledge of Breaststroke and Elementary Backstroke. This class will continue working on stroke development and endurance to one length of the pool.

Minnow

Children entering a minnow level swim lesson should be able to swim 1 length of the pool with each of the following strokes: freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke with rudimentary shoulder arm pulls, Breaststroke with pull, breath, kick timing, Elementary Backstroke with inverse whip kick and correct arm pulls, and sidestroke with ear to arm body position. Also, students must demonstrate both a kneeling and standing dive. In Minnow, strokes will be refined with a focus on endurance.

Fish

Children entering Fish level swim lessons should have the ability to independently perform freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, and Sidestroke for two complete lengths of the pool while demonstrating proper form. Strokes will be refined with a focus on endurance with continued emphasis on correct diving and introduction to flip turns.

Flying Fish

Swimmers entering Flying Fish level should have the ability to swim freestyle, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke, and Breaststroke for three lengths of the pool with open turns and one length of butterfly with correct turn. Children should be able to perform flip turns and demonstrate a proper dive.

Shark

Upon entering Shark level, swimmers should be able to independently swim freestyle, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, sidestroke, and Breaststroke strokes for four lengths of the pool with proper starts, finishes, and flip turns. In addition, the swimmer is required to be able to swim two continuous lengths of butterfly with proper start, flip turn, and finish. Swimmers should now be able to perform competitive dives off of the starting blocks. Competitive swim strokes such as individual medley will be practiced.

 

Teen/Adult Swim Lessons (13 years and up)

Teen Swim Lesson

.This class is designed for the teen beginner swimmer. The student will learn to feel comfortable by putting their face in the water, floating on their front and back, and being introduced to stroke development. Instruction in rotary breathing and kicking with equipment will be included. The adult swimmer will work on swimming unassisted for minimum distance of 10 yds.

Adult Swim Lesson – Beginner

This class is designed for the adult beginner swimmer. The student will learn to feel comfortable by putting their face in the water, floating on their back and front, and being introduced to stroke development. Instruction in rotary breathing and kicking with equipment will be included. The adult swimmer will work on swimming unassisted for a minimum distance of 10 yds.

Adult Swim Lesson – Intermediate

This class is designed for the adult intermediate swimmer. The student should feel comfortable putting their face in the water and floating on their front and back. Instruction in rotary breathing and kicking with equipment will be included. The adult swimmer will work on swimming unassisted for a minimum distance of 25 yds

Pre-Competitive Swim Teams

Pre-Competitive Swim Team – Beginner

Beginners must be able to swim 1-2 lengths without stopping and have some knowledge of all four strokes. For more information contact Katie Koch, Advanced Aquatic Director at ext 1404. Both teams will act as a feeder system into local high schools.

Pre-Competitive Swim Team – Advanced

Advanced must be able to swim 3-4 lengths without stopping and have a good knowledge of all four strokes. For more information contact Katie Koch, Advanced Aquatic Direct at ext. 1404. Both teams will act as a feeder system into the local high schools.

 

There are no provisions for the makeup of missed classes, unless the class is cancelled by the YMCA.  The Aquatic Department reserves the right to: cancel or postpone any program due to low enrollment or unforeseen facility schedule changes.  Specific class instructor cannot be guaranteed.