Parent/Child Swim Lessons
The primary objective is to get both the parent and child comfortable in the water. Appropriate for children ages 6 months up to 3 years old, they are guided through the class by a parent as they learn to experience the water on their bodies, exploring movement in the water. The parent will learn how to be safe with children in and around the water.
Classes are designed to allow the child to have fun in the water while the parent guides him or her to learn aquatic skills. The child will be exposed to songs and games that use basic movements in the water such as kicking, arm strokes, and breath control. (Diapers manufactured for swimming pool use are required.)
Preschool Swim Lessons
The YMCA’s progressive swim program begins with preschool age children (ages 3-5), helping them learn to swim through developmentally appropriate activities in a safe, supportive environment.
YMCA swim instructors are trained to teach children the fundamentals of swimming so that they will enjoy learning and take pride in developing their skills. Swimmers also learn about pool safety, boating safety and the use of personal flotation devices.
Pike Class (ages 3-5)
This class is for first time swimmers that are comfortable swimming without a parent in the water with them. These children are beginner swimmers that cannot swim without the aid of a flotation device.
Eel Class (ages 3-5)
This class is for the intermediate preschool swimmer that has attended the Pike Class and can maneuver independently through the water wearing a flotation device. These children are working on getting out of the flotation device and must be able to blow bubbles, wear goggles and put their faces in the water.
Starfish Class (ages 3-5)
This class is for the advanced preschool swimmer that can swim independently without any flotation devices. This child must also be able to swim with his/her face in and out of the water, and do big arms and kick while in the prone position. Instructors will begin teaching the freestyle and backstroke.
Preschool Pre-Team Class (ages 3-5)
This class is for swimmers that have attended the Starfish level and can swim the freestyle and backstroke across the short side of the lap pool or the length of the training pool. Instructors will begin teaching the breaststroke and the butterfly as well as swim team skills.
Youth Swim Lessons
For ages 6-12, the youth program is student-centered with developmentally appropriate activities that ensure the student’s safety, enhance the student’s enjoyment of the learning process, and provide consistent, progressive success for the swimmer.
Each level includes 5 components: personal safety, character development, stroke development, water games and sports, and rescue. Instructors introduce age-appropriate techniques and help swimmers refine their strokes to develop into stronger swimmers.
Polliwog Class (ages 6+)
This class is for beginner swimmers that cannot swim without a flotation device in water that is over their head. This class is also for those children that are fearful of water.
Guppy Class (ages 6+)
This class is for intermediate swimmers that can swim independently in water over their heads without a flotation device, put their faces in the water and blow bubbles. Instructors will begin teaching the freestyle and backstroke.
Minnow Class (ages 6+)
This class is for the advanced swimmer that knows how to do the freestyle and backstroke one length of the lap pool and tread water
efficiently. Instructors will begin teaching the breaststroke and butterfly in this level.
Teen Swim Lessons
This class is designed for teens ages 13-17.that have just begun to swim or teens that are interested in perfecting their strokes. This program incorporates aspects of both the Youth and the Adult YMCA Swim objectives and will allow teens to become well-rounded, experienced swimmers.