NEW SWIM LESSON CURRICULUM PROVIDES TOOLS EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE SAFE AND CONFIDENT AROUND THE WATER
branch aquatic directors
Nurturing skills and building confidence
in the water
For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.
Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.
We’re here for everyone
All ages - from infants to seniors - can learn to swim. Check out our class offerings below to find one that fits your family’s busy schedule.
Swim Starters Aquatic Program
Accompanied by a parent*, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop
swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about
water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
A / Water Discovery Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
B / Water Exploration Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Swim Basics for Preschool AND School Age
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two
benchmark skills: swim, float.
Swim - sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit - along with jump, push, turn, grab.
InWater Acclimation, Water Movement,and Water Stamina, students are taught the
recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety, also how to exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.
1 / Water Acclimation Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
2 / Water Movement Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills
3 / Water Stamina Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
Swim Strokes for Preschool AND School Age
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are
introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.
4 / Stroke Introduction Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl; reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
5 / Stroke Development Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly; reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
6 / Stroke Mechanics Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
teen and adult
Qualified instructors teach basic swimming
techniques, water safety, and help build
confidence in teens & adults around the water. Individuals will move at their own pace.
Specialty Classes and Programs
Swimmers who love the water and want further instruction for future aquatics activities enjoy participating in our Specialty Programs focused on leadership, competition, and recreation.
We continually develop our specialty program curriculum. Please check with your Y for
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