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Swim Lessons

No Swim Lessons Over Spring Break


Spring Break Pool Hours

Hutcherson- 10:00am-8:30pm Open Swim

Owasso- 2:00pm-8:30pm Open Swim

Daily- 11:00am-6:00pm Open Swim and 7:00-9:00pm



Swim Lessons

Everyone should know how to swim! YMCA swim lessons are designed to help each participant learn how to swim better and be safe in the water. Our emphasis is on learning, and not on passing or failing.

Swim lessons are categorized by age, though a child’s individual ability is always taken into consideration. Information about adult lessons, teen lessons, and private swim lessons are also available upon request. Times, dates, and online registration for swim lessons can be found here on our program directory webpage.


Class Descriptions

Swim Starters (Ages 6 months - 2 years)
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. Parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision. During these lessons, infants and toddlers will go through water discovery and water exploration.

Swim Basics (Ages 3 years - 5 years)
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic competency by learning two benchmark skills: Swim-Float-Swim and Push-Turn-Grab. These skills include sequences of floating, gliding, rolling and exiting the pool. Swim Basics are divided into three progressive categories:

Level 1 Water Acclimation - Focuses on increased comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills with performed assistance.

Level 2 Water Movement - Encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Level 3 Water Stamina - Focuses on developing intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Swim Strokes (Ages 5 years - 12 years)
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase socio-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity. Swim Stroke lessons are divided into three progressive categories:

Level 4 Stroke Introduction - Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Level 5 Stroke Development - Builds on techniques already learned and introduces breaststroke and butterfly, and reinforces water safety through treading water and side stroke.
Level 6 Stroke Mechanics - Builds on techniques already learned and refines those techniques on all major competitive swim strokes, and encourages swimming as a part of a healthy lifestyle
Swim Lesson Contact Information
Tandy Family YMCA Healthy Living Center - Karen Smith ksmith@ymcatulsa.org - 918.280.9622
Owasso Family YMCA - Meg Kirkman mkirkman@ymcatulsa.org - 918.272.9622
W.L. Hutcherson Family YMCA - Megan Vann mvann@ymcatulsa.org - 918.382.9622
Daily Family YMCA - Paisley Kliewer pkliewer@ymcatulsa.org - 918.369.9622
R.C. Dickenson Family YMCA (summer only) - Paisely Kliewer pkliewer@ymcatulsa.org - 918.872.9622
Westside YMCA Day Camp (summer only) - Paisley Kliewer pkliewer@ymcatulsa.org - 918.446.1424