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.

 

School Age Swim Lessons

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

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Fall I Swim Lessons

Session Dates: August 31 - October 25

Y Member Registration Opens August 10 • Non-Member Registration Opens August 17

 

Swim Lessons Modified for Safety

The safety of our swim lesson families is our number one priority. We are following guidance from the CDC, public health officials and the St. Louis Medicine COVID-19 task force to ensure that our children can participate in aquatic programs modified for their safety. A few of the changes planned are smaller class ratios, lessons scheduled not to overlap, and equipment disinfected with EPA certified product between each use.

Group Swim Lesson Aquatic Safety Guidelines

  • Age: 5-12 years
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • 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

Kids develop comfort with underwater exploration and are introduced to basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

  • Age: 5-12 years
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • 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

Kids focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water, while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into water.

  • Age: 5-12 years
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • 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

Kids learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. The class also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm/leg action.

  • Age: 5-12 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes
  • 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

Having mastered the fundamentals, kids learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique.

  • Age: 5-12 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes
  • 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

Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive swimming strokes.

  • Age: 5-12 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes
  • 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

Students refine stroke technique on the major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Private & Semi Private Swim Lessons

Our private swim lessons have been modified with your safety and personal goals in mind! Private lessons are currently offered at select Gateway Region YMCA locations.

Instructors wear face shields.

Pool areas are disinfected before and after your lesson.

1:1 or 1:2 instruction provides limited contact with others.