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. Online registration and information on swim lessons is also available at our program directory webpage.
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:
1. Water Acclimation - Focuses on increased comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills with performed assistance.
2. Water Movement - Encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
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)
1. Stroke Introduction - Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.2. Stroke Development - Builds on techniques already learned and introduces breaststroke and butterfly, and reinforces water safety through treading water and side stroke.3. 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