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The YMCA uses programs as a vehicle to deliver its mission, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build spirit, mind and body for all. YMCA Swim Lesson programs promote children's health and safety. The programs support parents and encourage their participation in teaching their kids valuable life skills. YMCA Swim Lesson classes stress positive values and give kids the opportunity to practice them, promoting kids' growth in self-esteem and self worth while they are having a great time.

 


 

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Swim Starters

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.

Parent & Child

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Ages 6-12 months

Ages 1-2 years

Ages 2-3 years

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
In stage C, parents work with their children to help them develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Swim Basics

Recommended skills for all to have around water. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming compentency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim-Float-Swim
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

Preschool Ages 3-5 years

School Ages 6-12 years

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Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body
of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely
exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Swim Strokes

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.

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Preschool Ages 3-5 years
School Ages 6-12 years

School Ages 6-12 years

School Ages 6-12 years

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Swim Specialty

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.

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at each stage.

Aquatic Conditioning-Learn more about competitive swimming.
Jr. Lifeguard Program-Start learning the skills needed to become a lifeguard.
Endurance Sports & Games-Try advanced water activities such as snorkeling, rescue and lifeguard
skills.
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