YMCA OF COLUMBIA-WILLAMETTE

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Confidence in the Water

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. Download the Swim Lesson program overview.

Register at Clark County Family YMCA

Register at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA

 

Swim Lessons for Children Ages 6 Months–3 Years

Parent & Child (6 to 36 months)

Level A | Water Discover: Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

Level B | Water Exploration: Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Swim Lessons for Children Ages 3–5

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 15 yds.

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

Introduces 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.

Swim Lessons and Activities for Ages 12–Adult

Beginner Teen

Comfort in the water, and beginning swimming skills are taught in the Rec Pool. No previous swimming skills are required.

Adult 13 and older—Beginner

Comfort in the water, and beginning swimming skills are taught in the Rec Pool. No previous swimming skills are required.

Adult 13 and older—Intermediate

Swimming skills and strokes are refined, endurance is increased.

Private/ Semi- Private Swim Lessons

We offer private and semi-private swim lessons for groups of one to three people. Scheduling is dependent on instructor and pool availability.

Offered at the following locations

Clark County Family YMCA
Sherwood Regional Family YMCA

Junior Lifeguard & Junior Swim Instructor

Junior Lifeguard

Learn how to keep people safe and 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. Age 10+
Register here at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA

Junior Swim Instructor

Work with kids and help them learn in this engaging class. Learn how to teach swim lessons to children and youth, practice stroke development and learn about lesson planning. Work with our swim instructors and help teach swim lessons!  Age 10+
Class is coming in 2019

Offered at the following locations

Sherwood Regional Family YMCA

Home School P.E. Swimming

Whether your child is new to swimming or looking to refine their stroke, our P.E. swim program has a place for them. Our program focuses on water safety, stroke development and aquatic sports. Participants of all skill levels are welcome in these swim lessons for children ages 5–14. 

Homeschool PE Swimming Lessons
P.E. Swim Lessons
Offered at the following locations

Clark County Family YMCA
 

Swim Camps

Our Swim Camps run throughout the year and are open to both members and non-members. Stay tuned for upcoming swim camps.