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Swim Lessons – Parent Information

WELCOME TO YMCA SWIM LESSONS

We look forward to working with you and your child throughout this session and hopefully many more to come. Our staff is committed to providing a positive aquatic experience for you and your child.

These helpful “hints” answer the most commonly asked questions from parents:

  • Please be sure your child has showered and used the bathroom prior to entering the pool area.
  • Please inform the instructor about any changes in your child’s life that may affect his/her performance in the lesson.
  • Children will receive a progress report on the last class of the session.
  • Our swim program is a progressive one. Each child will progress at his or her own rate and it may be necessary for them to repeat the same level before going on. This is not an indication that a child is slow. The levels were not designed for children to pass through quickly. It is common to stay in one level anywhere from 2-4 sessions. Usually by the fourth class the instructor will be able to give you an indication of where your child will be by the end of the session.
  • Flotation devices are used for instruction in the YMCA program. Children gain confidence and spend more time in the water.
  • Classes begin right on time, so please plan to come a little early.
  • There is always a lifeguard on duty here at the pool. If you hear them blow their whistle or make an announcement, please stop and listen.
  • Your child’s class will get together at a certain place every time. Your child will have the same instructor for each class unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • When the swim class starts, please take a seat on the bleachers provided. This helps your child concentrate on the class and the instructor.

Suggestions to help your child benefit more from their swim lessons:

  • Ask what they did in class; provide positive reinforcement
  • Review safety tips learned in class
  • Practice outside of class if possible
  • Promote regular attendance
  • Try not to make comparisons to other children, each child will progress at a rate that is uniquely his or her own

Swim Level Requirements:

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3-5)
PIKE
  • Know pool and class rules
  • Introduce swim aid (bubble)
  • Blow bubbles
  • Flutter Kick with kick board with assistance front and back
  • Jump in with or without assistance
  • Perform a reaching assist
  • Must be able to fully submerge
EEL
  • Introduce bobbing
  • Jump in wearing Personal Flotation Device, paddle 10 yards
  • Rhythmic breathing with kick board 5 yards
  • Sit dive, glide, swim 5 yards unassisted
  • Finning and kicking on back 5 yards
  • Climb down the pole & swim up
  • Know 2 examples of danger
RAY
  • Introduce survival float/HELP position
  • Rhythmic breathing with kick board 15 yards
  • Front Crawl length of pool with rhythmic breathing
  • Jump into deep water, paddle 5 yards, back float 10 seconds, return to wall
  • Perform one Throwing Assist
STARFISH
  • Name two Boating Safety rules
  • Tread water 30 sec without Individual Floatation Device
  • Front Crawl length of pool with rotary breathing and out of water arm recovery
  • Back Crawl length of pool
  • Jump into the deep water, paddle 25 yards, back float 10 seconds, return to wall
  • Front and back somersault without assistance
  • Perform two Throwing Assists

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6-12)
POLLIWOG
  • Know pool rules
  • Jump in with Personal Flotation Device
  • Front flutter kick 25 yds with kick board
  • Rhythmic breathing with kick board 25 yards
  • Paddle Stroke 25 yards without Personal Flotation Device
  • Finning and kicking on back 25 yards
  • Slide down pole and climb up pole
  • Perform one reaching assist
GUPPY
  • Survival Float 30 seconds
  • Back Float 1 minute
  • Front Crawl with arm movements 25 yards with rhythmic breathing
  • Finning and kicking on back 25 yards
  • Kneeling dive
  • Backstroke 25 yards
  • Perform one Throwing Assist
MINNOW
  • Survival float 30 seconds
  • Back float 1 minute
  • Front Crawl with arm movements 25 yards with rhythmic breathing
  • Finning and kicking on back 25 yards
  • Kneeling Dive
  • Backstroke 25 yards
  • Perform one Throwing Assist
FISH
  • Do the huddle position with Personal Flotation Device
  • Front Crawl stroke with rotary breathing and open turns 75 yards
  • Breaststroke 25 yards (pull, breathe, kick and glide)
  • Elementary Backstroke 50 yards
  • Sidestroke 25 yards with scissors kick and glide
  • Butterfly kick 25 yards with fins
  • Feet-first Surface Dive
FLYING FISH
  • Tread water 5 minutes using a combination of kicks
  • Front Crawl 100 yards with open turns
  • Breaststroke 50 yards with open turns
  • Sidestroke 50 yards (alternating sides) regular kick
  • Lifesaving Sidestroke 25 yards
  • Butterfly 25 yards with fins
  • 100 yards Individual Medley: Butterfly 25, Backstroke 25 Breaststroke, 25 Front Crawl
SHARK
  • Swim 200 yards (any stroke)
  • Front crawl 100 yards with front start and flip turns
  • Breaststroke 100 yards with start and turns
  • Backstroke 100 yards with Dolphin Kick and Open Turn
  • Inverted Breaststroke 50 yards
  • Sidestroke 100 yards (alternating sides)
  • Lifesaving Sidestroke 100 yards
  • Butterfly w/front start 50 yards
  • Trudgen Crawl 50 yards
  • 200 yards Individual Medley: 50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke, 50 Front Crawl

 

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