Swim Classes

The following information is effective THROUGH SPRING 2017 (June 4, 2017). Please click HERE if you are looking for information on our NEW lessons. NEW Swim Lessons programming will begin Summer 2017 Session (June 12 – August 20, 2017)! 

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Swim Lessons

Programming through Spring 2017 (June 4, 2017)

At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for every child and teen. In swim lessons, we use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop skills that last a lifetime. Qualified instructors meets kids at their own level, help families set achievable goals and celebrate all successes. During all swim lessons, children will find opportunities to learn stroke development, personal safety, water sports, rescue and personal growth while incorporating the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect & Responsibility.

See our current Program Guide for times and locations of our swim classes.

Program Guide   


Preschool: 2½-3 Year Old Swim Levels

Goldfish
An introduction to the 3 - 4 year old swim lessons. Water games, songs and fun are emphasized in this water adaptation class.*This class is without a parent. pre-requisite: must have taken a parent/child class prior to enrollment.

Preschool 3-4 Year Old Swim Levels

Waterbug
Little or no water experience necessary. Class will focus on ability to move through the water with confidence. Front and back floats and putting their face in the water are just a few of the skills learned at this level.

Pike
Class will focus on entering the pool safely, back/front float with support, submerging entire head, jumping into the pool independently with comfort, swim on front and back with support.

Eel
Class will focus on beginning to swim independently. Rhythmic breathing, jumping into the water independently and performing front/back glides and floats without support.

Ray
Class will focus on building confidence, independent front and back crawl, elementary backstroke and sidestroke, kicking and an introduction to deep water and breaststroke.


Youth Progressive: 5-13 Year Old Swim Levels

Independent swimming is encouraged

Tadpole
Little or no water experience necessary. Class will focus on ability to move through the water with confidence. Front and back floats and putting their face in the water are just a few of the skills learned at this level.

Polliwog
Class will focus on front and back floats, flutter kicking with a kickboard, swimming on front and back and rhythmic breathing.

Guppy
Class will focus on building confidence, independent front and back crawl, elementary backstroke and sidestroke with an introduction to deep water and breaststroke.

Minnow
Class will focus on perfecting front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. Children will gain confidence while building their endurance.

Fish
Class will focus on becoming more proficient in stroke development. An introduction to open turns will teach continuous swimming. Children will also be introduced to the butterfly.

Flying Fish
Prerequisite - Must be able to swim 50 yards front crawl, back crawl and dolphin kick 25 yards. Class will focus on refining strokes so children swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.

Shark
Prerequisite - Must be able to swim 100 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly 25 yards. This is the final level of YMCA swim lessons. Class will focus on building endurance and flip turns. Upon completion of this level, children will be able to swim 200 yard individual medley.


Adult Swim: 14+ Years

Whether your goal is to build confidence in the water, swim faster, learn the butterfly or get that flip turn just right, let us help you achieve it! Our adult swim lessons have an open format so that individual goals will set the pace. Increase your confidence, physical fitness and swimming ability while meeting a few other adults who are doing the same.


Private Swim Lessons

Whether you are interested in getting comfortable in the water for the first time, want to improve your form or swim faster, we can develop a program to suit your needs. Private lessons are perfect for those who prefer one-on-one attention. An instructor will work with you to determine the best path to help you achieve your personal goals.

Semi Private Swim Lessons

This class is designed to give participants the attention needed to improve or master swim skills. Our instructors will work with 2 students at a time, determining their needed and customizing the class to meet the objectives and goals. Class time is 30 minutes. For best results, similar swim ability is recommended.


Program Information Sheets     Swim Level Information Sheet