Swim lessons at the Y focus on learning vital water safety skills and stroke development through a progressive swim lesson curriculum. Swimmers develop self-esteem while creating positive experiences that last a lifetime.

  • Small class ratios
  • Emphasis on water safety skills
  • SwimWins communication tool for parents
  • Trained and caring instructors

Swim Lessons Modified for Safety

We understand that choosing the right aquatic program and instructor for your child is an important yet complex decision. The safety of our swim lesson families is our number one priority. Following guidance from the CDC and public health officials, we're excited for the ability to offer limited swim lesson options that have been modified for your family's safety.

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Fall II Swim Lessons

Session Dates: October 26 - December 20

Y Member Registration Opens September 7 • Non-Member Registration Opens September 14

 

All age groups are taught the same skills but divided according to their developmental milestones. Click here to answer a few questions on our Lesson Selector to find the swim stage most appropriate for you!

Hop in the pool with your baby or toddler and help them learn to be comfortable in the water. Parents learn about water safety and drowning prevention.

STAGE A: WATER DISCOVERY

  • Age: 6 months-3 years
  • Qualification: None needed
  • Adult participation: One parent or guardian per child must be in the pool for each lesson

STAGE B: WATER EXPLORATION

  • Age: 6 months-3 years
  • Qualification: Child is comfortable in the water or child has taken Stage A Water Discovery
  • Adult participation: One parent or guardian per child must be in the pool for each lesson

We remain committed to the safety and health of our community. With this in mind, we continue to explore opportunities for preschool swim lessons moving forward. We will communicate future updates through our website.

This progressive program teaches kids ages 3 to 5 water adjustment, basic swimming competency, and benchmark skills. Preschool students can progress through four stages of classes.

STAGE 1: WATER ACCLIMATION

  • Qualification: None needed. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going under water voluntarily.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Bob to submerge in water
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet with no help
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back with help
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab with help
    ○ Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 2: WATER MOVEMENT

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 1 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab
    ○ Swim, float, swim 5 yards
    ○ Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 3: WATER STAMINA

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 2 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
    ○ Swim on front and back for 10 yards
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 yards
    ○ Tread water for 30 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 3 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
    ○ Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
    ○ Butterfly kick for 15 yards
    ○ Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
    ○ Dive from a sitting position
    ○ Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards

Kids ages 5 to 12 can progress through six stages of classes as they learn to swim, work to refine strokes, and advance their water safety skills.

STAGE 1: WATER ACCLIMATION

  • Qualification: None needed. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going under water voluntarily.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Bob to submerge in water
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet with no help
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back with help
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab with help
    ○ Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 2: WATER MOVEMENT

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 1 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab
    ○ Swim, float, swim 5 yards
    ○ Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 3: WATER STAMINA

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 2 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
    ○ Swim on front and back for 10 yards
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 yards
    ○ Tread water for 30 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 3 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
    ○ Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
    ○ Butterfly kick for 15 yards
    ○ Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
    ○ Dive from a sitting position
    ○ Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards

STAGE 5: STROKE DEVELOPMENT

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 4 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
    ○ Breaststroke for 25 yards
    ○ Butterfly with simultaneous arm action and kick for 15 yards
    ○ Back crawl for 25 yards
    ○ Sidestroke for 25 yards
    ○ Dive from a kneeling position
    ○ Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for 2 minutes
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

STAGE 6: STROKE MECHANICS

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 5 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl for 50 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Breaststroke for 50 yards and do an open turn
    ○ Butterfly for 25 yards
    ○ Back crawl for 25 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards
    ○ Dive from a standing position
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

We remain committed to the safety and health of our community. With this in mind, we continue to explore opportunities for adult swim lessons moving forward. We will communicate future updates through our website.

Adults ages 16 and older can progress through six stages of classes as they learn to swim, work to refine strokes, and advance their water safety skills.

STAGE 1: WATER ACCLIMATION

  • Qualification: None needed. This class is for people who aren’t yet comfortable going under water voluntarily.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Bob to submerge in water
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet with no help
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back with help
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab with help
    ○ Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 2: WATER MOVEMENT

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 1 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab
    ○ Swim, float, swim 5 yards
    ○ Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 3: WATER STAMINA

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 2 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
    ○ Swim on front and back for 10 yards
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 yards
    ○ Tread water for 30 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

STAGE 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 3 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
    ○ Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
    ○ Butterfly kick for 15 yards
    ○ Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
    ○ Dive from a sitting position
    ○ Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards

STAGE 5: STROKE DEVELOPMENT

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 4 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
    ○ Breaststroke for 25 yards
    ○ Butterfly with simultaneous arm action and kick for 15 yards
    ○ Back crawl for 25 yards
    ○ Sidestroke for 25 yards
    ○ Dive from a kneeling position
    ○ Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for 2 minutes
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

STAGE 6: STROKE MECHANICS

  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 5 skills.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl for 50 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Breaststroke for 50 yards and do an open turn
    ○ Butterfly for 25 yards
    ○ Back crawl for 25 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards
    ○ Dive from a standing position
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

We've modified our private swim lesson program with your family's safety in mind! Instructors now wear face shields, areas are disinfected before and after your lesson, 1:1 or 1:2 instruction limits contact with others.

A YMCA certified swim instructor could be just what you or your child needs to get comfortable in the water or achieve your swimming goals. Your lessons are designed to meet your specific needs.

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Group lessons aren't for everyone. Work one-on-one with a swim instructor to meet your swimming goals.

  • Age: 3+ years
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None needed.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Based on the needs and wants of the swimmer

SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Bring a swimming partner and work two-on-one with an instructor for focused attention on your swimming goals and needs.

  • Age: 3+ years
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None needed.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Based on the needs and wants of the swimmer