Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids
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.
The YMCA swim lesson curriculum is designed to teach this lifelong skill to children of all skill levels in a safe environment.
Find the Right Lesson
- Swim Lessons for Children Ages 5–12
- Level 1—Water Acclimation
Increase comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
- Level 2—Water Movement
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
Pre-requisite: child must be able to jump, push, turn, grab assisted. Swim, float, swim assisted 10 ft.
- Level 3—Water Stamina
Develop intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
Pre-requisite: child must be able to jump, push, turn, grab independently. Swim, float, swim assisted 5 yds.
- Level 4—Stroke Introduction
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Pre-requisite: child must be able to jump, swim, turn, swim, grab 10 yards. Swim, float, swim 25 yds.
- Level 5—Stroke Development
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
Pre-requisite: child must be able to swim any stroke or combination of strokes, 25 yds.
- Level 6—Stroke Mechanics
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Pre-requisite: child must be able to swim any stroke or combination of strokes, 50 yds.
What to bring?
Most bathing suits and swim trunks are acceptable. We ask that you make sure that your child’s swimwear fits snuggly so it will not hinder any movement. Children should not attend swim lessons with any type of built-in flotation.
If your child is prone to chill, a swim cap may help. We welcome and encourage this! For swimmers with long hair, we ask that it be tied back away from the face with a rubber band so it does not interfere with learning to breathe. *No metal clips please—they can fall out in the water and cause rust-stains on our pool bottom.
For the beginner swimmer, goggles can present a false sense of safety. If your swimmer feels that they need goggles, they may bring them. If you do not have goggles we have some you may borrow.
Please bring your own towel to the lesson
Swim Lesson Rules and Policies
Please check the online registration for the most up to date class offerings. All swim lesson participants and guests must check in at the front desk. There are no make-ups or refunds for missed swim lessons. Classes may be cancelled or combined due to low enrollment.
On the first day of lessons, come 10 minutes early so you can check in and pay at the front desk. For the rest of the session it is important to be on the pool deck and ready to go five minutes before your lesson time. Please allow plenty of time before class to get dressed, use the restroom, etc. For safety reasons, please do not let children sit poolside.
Children who have been ill should be kept at home. This is in the best interest of their health as well as the health of the instructor. Unfortunately, non-attendance for any reason does not entitle you to a refund or a makeup class. We will make every attempt to offer a credit for pool closures due to unforeseen events. Unfortunately, alternate makeup classes cannot be offered, nor does non-attendance to a make-up class entitle you to a refund.
Is my swimmer ready for the next level?
Halfway through our swim lesson session, our instructors pass out Mid-Session evaluations which show your child's development on what skills they need to know to move up to the next level. On the last day of the session, the Certificates of Achievements given to each participant explains their progress in the skills taught and what level they can sign up for in the next session.