For youth swim lessons, we follow general age ranges dividing swimmers into three types of lessons, Parent/Child Swim Lessons (where the parent and child are in the water together), Preschool Swim Lessons and Youth Swim Lessons. Please see below for details about our swim programs.
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.
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.