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Aquatics

TEST OUT OUR WATER

Whether you are a beginner swimmer or on your way to the Olympics, we are a great place to make a splash. Our indoor aquatic programs provide members and participants a comfortable environment for team sports, water aerobics, swim lessons, family time, birthday parties and more.

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SWIM LESSONS

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 and adults of all skill levels in a safe environment. We offer swim lessons for the beginner and for those looking to improve their strokes. Adult swim lessons are for individuals ages 13 and older.

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Group Lessons

Level Descriptions

We offer a variety of swimming lessons that you or your child can participate in. We organize lessons based on participant age, intended goal and skill level.

Parent and Child

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, submersion and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Parents must accompany children into the water.

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Preschool Levels | Ages 3–5

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PRESCHOOL 1

A beginning class for children with limited or no swimming experience to become comfortable in the water. This class will introduce following directions in a group setting, blowing bubbles, bobbing to safety and submerging underwater independently. This is a 28 minute class.

PRESCHOOL 2

A beginning class for children who have completed Preschool 1 or who are very comfortable in the water and able to submerge independently. This class will reinforce basic skills learned in Preschool 1 while teaching them to float without assistance, kick and glide. This is a 28 minute class.

Prerequisites: Must submerge independently.

PRESCHOOL 3

An intermediate class for swimmers who are able to float independently, and kick and glide with minimal support. This class will emphasize independence by teaching glides with kicking, front crawl and back crawl. This is a 28 minute class.

Prerequisites: Roll from front float to back float without assistance and glide with minimal support.

PRESCHOOL 4

An advanced class for swimmers who can glide with kicks 2-3 body lengths independently, and can front crawl 2-3 body lengths with minimum support. This class will emphasize front crawl and back crawl, introduce side-breathing, and reinforce water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. This is a 40 minute class.

Prerequisites: Glide with kicks independently for 2-3 body lengths, front crawl 2-3 body lengths with minimal support.

Grade School Levels | Ages 6–12

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LEVEL 1

A beginning class for older children with limited or no swimming experience to gain confidence in the water. This class will introduce submerging, front and back floating, front and back glides with kicking and beginning arm strokes. This is a 28 minute class.

LEVEL 2

A beginning class for older children who are able to float, kick and glide on their own. This class will emphasize moving forward in the water using front and back crawl. This is a 40 minute class.

Prerequisites: Float on front and back independently, front and back glides with kicks for 2-3 body lengths.

LEVEL 3

An intermediate class for swimmers who are able to roll from front to back float, and front crawl independently for 10 yards. This class will emphasize improving stroke technique, increasing endurance and introducing side-breathing, breaststroke kick, treading, and the deep end. This is a 40 minute class.

Prerequisites: Roll from front to back float and front crawl 10 yards.

LEVEL 3/4

An intermediate class for swimmers who are proficient at Level 3 skills, but not quite ready to swim 25 yards in the deep end. This class will emphasize endurance and side-breathing, while gradually introducing the lap lanes and deep-water treading. 

Prerequisites: Front and back crawl 15 yards.

LEVEL 4

An advanced class for swimmers who are able to swim 25 yards without stopping using any combination of strokes. This class will be in the lap lanes and will emphasize stroke efficiency, side-breathing and increasing endurance. Skills introduced are butterfly kick and breaststroke, and circle swim in the lap lanes. This is a 40 minute class.

Prerequisites: Swim 25 yards without stopping, using any combination of strokes.

LEVEL 5/6

An advanced class for swimmers who are proficient in freestyle with side-breathing, and backstroke. This class will be in the lap lanes and will emphasize stroke efficiency, endurance, and treading water. Skills introduced are butterfly, breaststroke, and flip turns. This is a 40 minute class.

Prerequisites: Swim 50 yards without stopping for freestyle and backstroke and breaststroke 25 yards.

Policies and Pricing

Participants with more open availability are more likely to be placed in private or semi-private lessons. Participants who are willing to book outside of typical group swim lesson times will also have an increased likelihood of being placed on the schedule as well as a greater possibility of continuing past the end of a session or through multiple sessions.

Many factors contribute to the availability of private and semi-private swim lessons including instructor availability, group lesson enrollment and pool space. In order to be placed in a private lesson, we need to have an instructor available at an appropriate time that matches with participant availability.

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Semi-Private/Private Lessons

We offer private and semi-private swim lessons to members and the community because it is a perceived need. As a YMCA facility, our focus is and has always been group lessons—doing the most good with the community’s resources.

Please feel free to contact the Sherwood Family YMCA Aquatics Department if you have questions. 

To purchase and schedule a Private Swimming Lesson or a Semi-Private Swimming Lesson please email bnevills@ymcacw.org.

Adult and Teen Lessons

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TEEN SWIM LESSONS | Ages 12–15

This class is geared toward teens who need a little bit of practice with their swimming ability. 
It focuses on water comfort and safety and teaches buoyancy and breath control, introduces and refines strokes and teaches swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. This is a 40 minute class. 

ADULT SWIM BASICS | Age 16 and older

This class for adults focuses on water safety and teaches buoyancy, breath control and introduces strokes. This is a 40 minute class.

ADULT SWIM STROKES | Age 16 and older

This class for adults focuses on breath control, stroke improvement and swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. This is a 40 minute class.

Semi-Private/Private Swim Lessons

At the Sherwood Family YMCA, we offer private and semi-private swim lessons to members and the community because it is a perceived need.  As a YMCA facility, our focus is and has always been group lessons—doing the most good with the community’s resources. To purchase and schedule a Private Swimming Lesson or a Semi-Private Swimming Lesson please email bnevills@ymcacw.org.

SWIM LESSON POLICIES

General Information

If your child is not independent or confident enough to use the universal bathroom independently, you must remain on deck through the duration of the lesson.

Please remain in the spectator area throughout the lesson so the pool deck is clear for lifeguard and swim instructor use.

We do not offer make up lessons for group classes. If we must close the pool due to contamination, inclement weather, poor water quality, etc. we will credit your account for the missed lesson.

Please do not bring your child if your child displays any flu-like symptoms such as fever, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, etc. within 24 hours of a lesson.

Instructor Availability

Instructors typically make a seven week commitment during the school year or a two week commitment during the summer season. School year commitments are usually twice-per-week for instructors while summer programs typically run Monday–Thursday. We also offer both group and private/semi-private lessons on weekends.

Group Lesson Enrollment

Private and semi-private lessons are scheduled according to the group swim lesson schedule. If there are a number of group lessons that do not run or we have an overabundance of swim instructors available, then the number of available private and semi-private swim lessons increases. If we have a shortage of instructors and/or if group lessons are filled, then the number of available private and semi-private swim lessons decreases.

Pool Space

We have a number of programs that use the pool during a typical day, and we seek to use this community resource in a way that will be a benefit to the diverse groups that use our facility. In order to meet the needs of the widest range of participants, we reserve pool space at certain times of the day for certain programs, and this also affects private and semi-private lesson availability.

At the Sherwood Family YMCA, we offer private and semi-private swim lessons to members and the community because it is a perceived need. As a YMCA facility, our focus is and has always been group lessons – doing the most good with the community’s resources.

Please feel free to contact the Sherwood Family YMCA Aquatics Department if you have questions.

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MEMBER DROP-IN PROGRAMS

Lap Swim

During these times one or more lanes will be available for members to use to swim laps. If there are no other programs scheduled during these times, such as early morning, members are also welcome to use the shallow half of the pool or any available lanes to get a workout in other ways.

UNDER 8 POLICY

Any swimmer who is younger than 8 years old and who cannot pass a swim test must be accompanied in the water and remain within arms’ reach of a parent, guardian, or YMCA instructor.

No one may use the pool unless a certified lifeguard is on duty.

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Water Fitness Classes

DEEP H2O

A deep water aerobics class that has low impact on joints with a great cardiovascular workout! You may wear a floatation belt or use a noodle for support. This class is set to music.

POOLATES

Improve your core strength and balance with a Pilates/Yoga mix that also incorporates lower body resistance training. This class may be set to music.

WATER WORKOUT

This is a good low-impact but moderate to high intensity workout that utilizes aerobic elements as well as resistance training in shallow water. This class is set to music.

MOOVE-N-GROOVE

This low impact, low intensity class allows participants with limited mobility to work on range of motion and light cardio while being gentle on joints. This class is set to music.

SILVERSNEAKERS® SPLASH

Jump in for a fun low impact, shallow water class that improves agility, flexibility and endurance. No swimming ability is required and a SilverSneakers® kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance and coordination.

POWER MUSIC

This moderate to high intensity cardio workout helps build strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination and balance. This class is set to music.

PRE/POSTNATAL

A medically approved program for stretching, muscle toning and aerobic activities.

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Public Swim

Open Swim

Open to members and guests. Swimmers under eight years old must be within arms’ reach of a parent or guardian who is in the water.

Family Swim

Open to families with children. Swimmers under 18 years old must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.

Preschool Play

Open to families with small children, six years old and younger. Children must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.

Community Swim

Open to the community, free swim every month. First Friday and Third Saturday of the month only.

UNDER 8 POLICY

Any swimmer who is younger than 8 years old and who cannot pass a swim test must be accompanied in the water and remain within arms’ reach of a parent, guardian, or YMCA instructor.

No one may use the pool unless a certified lifeguard is on duty.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING

Lifeguard Training

Build aquatic rescue and teamwork skills as you work toward a professional certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR, First-Aid and AED.  

Prerequisites

Learn and practice rescue skills, injury prevention and teamwork. Earn a nationally recognized lifeguard certification and become eligible to apply for a job as a lifeguard. One hundred percent attendance is required. Must be able to swim 300 yards and reach a minimum depth of 7 feet. For participants ages 15 and older.

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Lifeguard Review

For lifeguards who hold a current American Red Cross certification. Successful completion extends ARC Lifeguard certification for two years.

Prerequisites

Participants must present their valid certification at the beginning of the class.

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SPECIALTY PROGRAMS AND CAMPS

Junior Lifeguard

Learn how to keep people safe. Learn about a lifeguard’s responsibility, practice stroke improvement and basic water rescue techniques as well as CPR and first-aid. Shadow our YMCA lifeguards and help them serve our aquatic community! For participants ages 10 and older.

Fees
Members $80
Program Participants $160

Schedule 
July 22–25, 1 PM–3 PM

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Junior Swim Instructor

Work with kids and help them swim! Learn how to teach swim lessons to children and youth, practice stroke development and learn about lesson planning and helping kids learn to swim. Then work with our swim instructors to help them teach swim lessons! For participants ages 10 and older.

Fees
Members $80
Program Participants $160

Schedule 
July 8–11, 1 PM–3 PM

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Competitive Swimming Camp

Practice and perfect competitive strokes, starts and turns. Tone muscles, build endurance and learn about how to prepare for events. Participate in a mini swim meet! Must be swim Level 4 or above to participate. For youth ages 10 and older.

Do you have what it takes to be a shark? Practice and perfect competitive strokes, tone muscles and participate in a mini swim meet!
Must have successfully completed swim Level 4. For youth ages 6–12.

Fees 
Members $80
Program Participants $160

Schedule 
Aug. 5–8, 1 PM–3 PM

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Summer Safety Day

Start summer safely! We want everyone to stay safe around water this summer. This fun event will take place in June and will teach basic water safety with a strong emphasis on drowning prevention around all bodies of water including lakes, rivers, the ocean and pools. We will practice being safe while having fun and playing in the pool! For participants ages 3 and older.

Fees 
$3 for all participants