Youth Swim Lessons

We are excited to announce our NEW Swim Lessons programming will begin Summer 2017 Session (June 12 – August 20, 2017)! Please click HERE if you are looking for information on our current programming (through June 4, 2017).

Swim Lesson Stages Preschool Youth Teen Adult

 


Swim Basics 

Recommended skills for all to have around water

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim - sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab 

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming. 

Youth Swim Stage 1
Water Acclimation ages 5 - 13 years
Youth Swim Stage 2
Water Movement ages 5 - 13 years
Youth Swim Stage 3 Water Stamina ages 5 - 13 years

Learn more about each Youth Swim Basics Stage:

Water Acclimation
Youth Swim Stage 1

ages 5 - 13 years

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Children entering this level should be comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water. Youth Swim Stage 1 is for students who aren’t yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

Aquatics Badge1 300WIn Water Acclimation, your child will:

  • Bob to submerge in the water
  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet with help
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
  • Roll from back to front and front to back with help
  • Jump, push, turn, grab with help
  • Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
  • Exit the water

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Water Movement
Youth Swim Stage 2

ages 5 - 13 years

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Children entering this level should be comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water. Youth Swim Stage 1 is for students who aren’t yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

Aquatics Badge2 300WIn Water Movement, your child will:

  • Bob to submerge in the water
  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet with help
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
  • Roll from back to front and front to back with help
  • Jump, push, turn, grab with help
  • Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
  • Exit the water
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Water Stamina
Youth Swim Stage 3

ages 5 - 13 years

Children entering this level should be able to front and back float independently. Students learn to swim to safety from a longer distance. They are introduced to rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Youth Swim Stage 3 is for students who aren’t yet able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.

Aquatics Badge3 300WIn Water Stamina, your child will:

  • Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
  • Swim on their front and back for 10 yards
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
  • Swim, float, swim 15 yards
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Exit the water

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Swim Strokes

Skills to support a healthy lifestyle

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

 

In Stroke IntroductionStroke Development, and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Youth Swim Stage 4
Stroke Introduction ages 5 - 13 years
Youth Swim Stage 5
Stroke Development ages 5 - 13 years
Youth Swim Stage 6
Stroke Mechanics ages 5 - 13 years

Learn more about each Youth Swim Strokes Stage:

Stroke Introduction
Youth Swim Stage 4

ages 5 - 13 years

Children entering Youth Swim Stage 4 should be able to swim 15 yards on their front and back independently. Students develop stroke technique in front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Treading is also introduced. 

Aquatics Badge4 300WIn Stroke Introduction, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
  • Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
  • Butterfly kick for 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Dive from a sitting position
  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards

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Stroke Development
Youth Swim Stage 5

ages 5 - 13 years

Children entering Youth Swim Stage 5 should be able to swim 15 yards of front and back crawl. Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. Emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

Aquatics Badge5 300WIn Stroke Development, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
  • Breaststroke for 25 yards
  • Butterfly with simultaneous arm action and kick for 15 yards
  • Back crawl for 25 yards
  • Sidestroke for 25 yards
  • Dive from a kneeling position
  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for two minutes
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

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Stroke Mechanics
Youth Swim Stage 6

ages 5 - 13 years

Children entering Youth Swim Stage 6 should be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke. Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. 

Aquatics Badge6 300WIn Stroke Introduction, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl for 50 yards and do a flip turn
  • Breaststroke for 50 yards and do an open turn
  • Butterfly for 25 yards
  • Back crawl for 25 yards and do a flip turn
  • Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards
  • Dive from a standing position
  • Tread water for one minute and retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards

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Swim Specialty

In addition to swim lessons, the Y offers Swim Team and specialty swim classes including: Pre-Team, Log Rolling, Youth Kayaking, Diving and Kayaking / Rescue & Roll.

Pre Team
ages 6 - 13 years
Swim Team
ages 6 - 18 years
Log Rolling ages 6+ years
Youth Kayaking ages 8 - 13 years
Diving ages 8+ years
Kayaking / Rescue & Roll
ages 12+ years

Learn more about Youth Swim Specialty Classes:

Pre Team Developmental
ages 6 - 13 years

Swimmers must be 6 years old and be able to swim multiple lengths (25 yards) of the front crawl (Freestyle) with rotary breathing. An introductory class to GBY Competitive Swimming, Pre Team Developmental meets one time a week in seven week sessions and is taught by GBY Swim Team coaches. The four competitive strokes are taught as well as other competitive swimming fundamentals such as starts & turns. SEASONAL


Pre Team Transition
ages 6 - 13 years

An introductory class to GBY Competitive Swimming, Pre Team Transition is taught by GBY Swim Team coaches. The four competitive strokes are taught as well as other competitive swimming fundamentals such as starts & turns. To take Pre Team Transition a swimmer must be 6 years old and be able to swim multiple lengths (25 yards) of the front crawl (Freestyle) with rotary breathing. SEASONAL

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Swim Team
ages 6 - 18 years

The Green Bay YMCA has a proud history of being the premier competitive swimming program in the Green Bay area, producing many outstanding young men and women. Swimmers develop strong character values such as respect, responsibility, leadership and teamwork, as well as a strong work ethic.

Contact Director of Competitive Swimming, Coach Dave Korst, at 920 436 9624 to join Swim Team or for additional information.

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Log Rolling
ages 6+ years

Log rolling is a great way to exercise and improve balance, agility, core strength and concentration - all while having fun! 6+ year olds master the log with skills taught in this class. Adult and youth of all ability levels are welcome to participate in this fun and challenging sport.

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Youth Kayaking
ages 8 - 13 years

Learn the basics of Kayaking in a controlled, indoor environment. Kayaks and helmets provided, or bring your own! SEASONAL

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Diving
ages 8+ years

Learn how to do a proper approach for diving and get to dive, flip, and twist into the pool. Child must be able to swim 25 yards and be comfortable swimming in the diving well to participate.

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Kayaking
ages 12+ years

Must be 12+ years or older; under 18 needs adult written approval and waiver signed. The class is run by Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers Inc members. The class will meet once a week for four weeks. It is designed to introduce students to the basic skills used by all kayakers. The course will cover kayak safety, equipment, clothing, strokes, braces and introduce basic rescues. Upon completion of this course the students will be on their way to becoming a prudent paddler, meaning he/she will be able to recognize hazards, assess risk, know his/her limits and have a good foundation for exercising good judgment. SEASONAL


Kayaking - Rescue & Roll
ages 12+ years

Prior experience required (have beginner boat handling skills), must be 12+ years or older; under 18 needs adult written approval and waiver signed. Led by Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc., this class is designed to introduce students to the basic skills used to recover and/or re-enter the kayak once capsized. The course convers kayak safety, equipment, braces, self-rescues, assisted rescues, the sweep roll and the C-To-C roll. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to perform the steps needed to not only exit their kayak in an emergency, but also how to get back into it while still on the water. SEASONAL

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How to Register

Register for Swim Lessons* by using any of the 3 convenient ways:  

In Person By Phone Online
At any Green Bay Y
Business Services Hours
920 436 9595
Business Services Hours
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*Contact your Aquatic Director to register for Private and Semi Private Swim Lessons


Questions?

Click any of the program links on this page to learn more about each program, use the quick links below, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our Aquatic Directors, as they are happy to answer all your swim programming questions: 

Aquatic Directors 
Broadview     Chelsea Anderson     436 9589        
Downtown Susan Metko 436 9672 
East Side  Wendy Grelson  436 1246  
West Side  Stephanie Rogaczewski   436 9518 

Click below to view classes online and find our Frequently Asked Questions about the new programming. You can also view/download printable versions of the current Program GuideSwim Lessons Brochure or an overview of our Stage Descriptions

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