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Swimming Lessons

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.

Register at Clark County Family YMCA

Register at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA


Early Childhood Swim Lessons

Parent Child (6 to 36 months)

This program promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness activities for children and their parents or other trusted adults 18 years of age and older. Families learn safe and fun ways to learn about swimming together. Parents will also learn the proper techniques for holding and teaching their child.

Swim Lessons for Children Ages 3–5

Pike—Level 1

This beginning level class will focus on water acclimation and basic kicking, floating and paddling skills.

Eel—Level 2

In this class, children will work front crawl, back crawl, and introduction to elementary backstroke.

To enroll in Eel, child must be able to paddle on their front and back with little support and feel comfortable submerging face under water.

Ray—Level 3

In this class, children will work front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.

To enroll in Ray, child must be able to swim independently on their front and back crawl for 3 yards, and be comfortable in deep water.

Starfish—Level 4

In this class, children will work on endurance and technique for front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and butterfly.

To enroll in Starfish, child must be able to swim front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke for 7 yards.

Swim Lessons for Children Ages 6–12 

Polliwog—Level 1

This beginning level class will focus on water acclimation and basic kicking, floating and paddling skills.

Guppy—Level 2

In this class, children will work on front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

To enroll in Guppy, child must be able to swim front crawl and back crawl for 3 yards and demonstrate elementary backstroke kick.

Minnow—Level 3

In this class, children will work on endurance and technique for front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke.

To enroll in Minnow, child must be able to swim front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and sidestroke for 15 yards.

Fish—Level 4

In this class, children will work on continued endurance and technique for front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and butterfly.

To enroll in Fish, child must be able to swim front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke for 25 yards and sidestroke for 15 yards.

Flying Fish—Level 5

In this class, children are working on endurance and technique for front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly.

To enroll in Flying Fish, child must be able to swim front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke for 50 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards and butterfly for 15 yards.

Shark—Level 6

This class is designed to further perfect strokes and get the student ready for swim team. Lessons offered at the Sherwood Y. 

Must be able to swim 100 yards of the five basic strokes and 50 yards of butterfly.

Swim Lessons for Children Ages 12–17

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 availability.

Offered at the following locations

Clark County Family YMCA
Sherwood Regional Family YMCA

Home School 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.