Youth Development

Swim & Water Safety

The YMCA Swim Lessons program uses a skill based approach designed to meet the needs of the community we serve. Parent/Child develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children.  Recommended age range: infants and toddlers (6 mos.-3 yrs.). Preschool levels develop personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Recommended age ranges: preschool youth (3-5 yrs). Youth levels introduce and refines stroke technique in older students. Recommended age ranges: school age youth (6-14 yrs).

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PARENT/CHILD

Children learn to be comfortable in the water. Rather than teaching children how to survive in the water or become accomplished swimmers, Parent/Child focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Parent/Child. Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Parents learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies. 

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LEVEL A & B - WATER DISCOVERY & EXPLORATION

Parents accompany children in this level, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Goals include: setting developmentally appropriate goals, introducing and emphasizing basic water safety, building relations and providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water.

PRESCHOOL (ages 3-5)

Preschool levels develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration and learning how to reinforce learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Group activites that reinforce learning help students progress. By the end of this series of levels, students acheive basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skils: Swim, Float, Swim & Jump, Turn, Push, and Grab. 

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LEVEL 1 - WATER ACCLIMATION

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming. Student's will focus on: exploring the aquatic environment with instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide with instructor help, learn basic aquatic safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practices.

LEVEL 2 - WATER MOVEMENT

Students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students will focus on: exploring the aquatic environment without instructor help, develop basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help, learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practice.

LEVEL 3 - WATER STAMINA

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 level also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Students will focus on: integrated arm and leg action, rhythmic breathing in back and front glides, develop forward movement on the front and back, practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water.

LEVEL 4 - STROKE INTRODUCTION

Students in this level develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety in reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students will focus on: developing the front crawl and back crawl, introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly and practicing safety techniques in deep water.

Youth (ages 6-14)

Youth levels introduce and refine stroke technique.  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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LEVEL 1 - WATER ACCLIMATION

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming. Student's will focus on: exploring the aquatic environment with instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide with instructor help, learn basic aquatic safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practices.

LEVEL 2 - WATER MOVEMENT

Students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students will focus on: exploring the aquatic environment without instructor help, develop basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help, learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practice.

LEVEL 3 - WATER STAMINA

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 level also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Students will focus on: integrated arm and leg action, rhythmic breathing in back and front glides, develop forward movement on the front and back, practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water.

LEVEL 4 - STROKE INTRODUCTION

Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety in reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Student focus: developing the front crawl and back crawl, introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly and practicing safety techniques in deep water.

LEVEL 5 - STROKE DEVELOPMENT

Students in this level work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Student focus: developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl, developing the breaststroke and butterfly and building endurance techniques for deep water safety.

LEVEL 6 - STROKE MECHANICS

Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students in this level focus on the following: developing endurance in the competitive strokes, developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns and enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water.

PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS

These lessons are designed to give participants individualized attention in order to improve or master their swimming skills.

Together the instructor, participants and/or parent determine the goals for the session and the curriculum is customized to meet these goals. Each lesson is 30 minutes in length and are structured for 1 to 3 participants. Minimum of 4 lessons to start. To schedule Private Lessons please contact our Aquatics Director or register in person at the Welcome Center.

REGISTRATION FORM - must be completed to set lesson dates and times.

Private Lessons
(1 participant)
Semi Private Lessons
(2 or 3 participants)
$55 Members $40 per Member
$75 Non- Members $50 per Non-Member

 

SWIM CLUB

Advanced Swimming Practice

Prerequisite - Minnow or Level 4 completion, ages 6 - 14
Every Monday & Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Work on technique, learn new skills for
competition, lap swim, and gain a lifetime of healthy living.  Monthly Sessions. 

$20 per month Members
$30 per month Non-Members

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