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.
Grade School Levels | Ages 6–12
- Level 1—Water Acclimation
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—Water Movement
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 two to three body lengths.
- Level 3—Stroke Introduction
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—Stroke Introduction & Development
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—Stroke Development
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—Stroke Mechanics
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.
What to bring?
Most bathing suits and swim trunks are acceptable. We ask that you make sure that your child’s swimwear fits snugly 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
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.
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.
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.
If you or your child are ill, please stay 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.