Swimming

Because . . .

SWIMMING IS A LIFE-SKILL THAT EVERYONE SHOULD MASTER

The Y offers swim lessons out of concern for the safety and protection of children. Learning to swim is a life-skill that everyone should master. Knowing how to swim can save your child’s life as well as build their self-confidence, increase their endurance for all physical activity, and build competency for advancing through the sport of swimming. Each child learns and progresses at his or her own rate. Swim students are advanced to the next level only when able to proficiently and safely perform the skills within the current level. Download a copy of our Aquatic Parent Handbook

 

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Indoor pools are located at the following YMCA locations:

Outdoor pools are located at the following locations:

Parent/Child Swim Lessons: (ages 6 months to 3 years)

Parents are in the water with their child. The child is acclimated to the water through exploratory techniques. Each class is 30 minutes.

Preschool Swim Lessons: (ages 3 to 5 years)

These classes are designed to assist children in personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescues. Skills mastery in all aspects is required before advancement to the next level. Classes are 30 minutes.

swim-pike Preschool level 1. Pike is our first preschool level without parent participation. Children build self-confidence and are introduced to skills that help move them through the water without assistance.
 swim-eel Preschool level 2. In Eel class, children continue to progress on their skills learned in Pike. Continued emphasis is placed on building endurance, self-confidence, and coordination. To enter Eel, a child must have completed Pike or be able to swim on their front, back and side 5 feet without a flotation device.
 swim-ray Preschool level 3. Rays class continues progress on the skills learned in Eel, as well as introduces new strokes. To enter Ray, a child must have completed Eel or be able to swim on their front, back and side 15 feet without a flotation device.
 swim-starfish Preschool level 4. Starfish class prepares your swimmer for our school-age youth lessons. The Starfish class continues to progress on the skills learned in Ray. When a child completes the Starfish level, they will have a stronger sense of self-confidence, have built endurance and worked on their coordination. To enter Starfish, a child must have completed Ray or be able to swim on their front, side and back, as well as perform the front crawl and backstroke for 20 feet without a flotation device.

Youth Swim Lessons: (ages 6 to 15 years)

These classes are designed to teach school-aged children personal growth, personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescue skills for beginner through advanced levels. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks, and each class is 45 minutes. Skills mastery is required before advancement to the next level.

swim-polliwog Youth level 1. Polliwogs is for children who do not know how to swim or have never had a structured beginning-level class. Children will become comfortable in the water and learn how to paddle on their front, back and sides with a flotation device.

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Youth level 2. In Guppies, children continue to gain self-confidence in the water, as well as begin to learn to swim without a flotation device on their front, back and side. Front alternating paddle is also introduced. To enter Guppy, a child must have completed Polliwog or be able to swim the length of the pool on their front, back and side with a flotation device.
swim-minnow Youth level 3. In Minnows, students are moving from beginner to intermediate by improving on their back crawl, elementary backstroke, and front crawl. This class introduces breaststroke, sidestroke, and improves on safety skills. To enter Minnows, a child must have completed Guppies or be able to swim 25 yards on their front, back and sides, as well as, front crawl and back crawl.
swim-fish Youth level 4. Fish continues to develop and perfect the skills and strokes learned in previous classes and introduces the dolphin kick. To enter Fish, a child must have completed Minnows or be able to swim 25 yards front crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, backstroke, and elementary backstroke.
swim-flyingfish Youth level 5. In Flying Fish, students are introduced to the complete butterfly stroke and breaststroke, and continue to work on endurance and technique on skills previously learned. To enter Flying Fish, a child must have completed Fish or be able to swim 50 yards front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, and sidestroke.
swim-shark Youth level 6. In Shark, students learn the relevance of swimming skills, lifesaving techniques, conditioning, and decision making. To enter Shark, a child must have completed Flying Fish or be able to swim 100 yards freestyle, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke, and 15 yards butterfly.

We also offer:

  • Adult Swim Lessons at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for individuals and groups
  • Teen Swim lessons at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for individuals and groups
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
  • Guard Start – Junior Lifeguarding
  • YMCA Lifeguard Certification Course
  • YMCA Swim Team
  • Water Exercise Classes

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.