Y SWIM LESSONS

 

 

 

Safe swimming and having fun. That’s what it’s all about at the Y.

“I can swim the whole way across the pool!” Hearing those excited words coming from a beaming child is about as rewarding as it gets. Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y or enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts, polliwogs into sharks. While developing new skills, our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety, making new friends and building confidence! Make sure that your kids get plenty of personal attention, we provide a low instructor-to-student ratio: 1:4 preschool and 1:5 school age. And with our wide selection of classes, you’ll be able to find one that fits your child’s needs and schedule.

You can learn to swim! Using the nationally recognized Y Progressive swim program, our certified guards and instructors ensure that everyone, regardless of age or ability, learn skills appropriate for their abilities in a safe, fun environment. Choose from Preschool and School Age lessons designed to grow their confidence in the water no matter their skill level. And remember our TOTS (Parent & Child) Swim Lessons introduce infants and toddlers to the water while teaching parents how to guide and supervise them, have fun, build trust and confidence.

Bring your kids to the Y for swim lessons and watch them learn life lessons, too.

 

LESSON DESCRIPTIONS:

 

TOTS (Parent & Child) Swim Lessons 6-36 months – under 3 years of age

Get ready to swim with your baby or toddler! This water enrichment program is designed to help your child feel comfortable in the water at an early age. The child becomes acclimated to the sights and sounds of the pool and is introduced to kicking, blowing bubbles, floating, and general water movement through the use of games and toys. You, the parent, are the teacher—with hints and ideas from the Y instructor, who will guide you through a positive experience. Children should wear swim diapers under their swim suit and must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

 

PRESCHOOL Swim Lessons 3-5 years

This group lesson, without parents, is designed to teach water safety and respect for the water. The physical skills they learn will help them develop an awareness of their own bodies, acquire a feeling of independence, gain a sense of success and increase their self-esteem. Personal progress reports are provided at the end of each session. Level progression skills are listed as follows:

  • PIKE – Beginner swimmers who are not comfortable in the water – children will complete the following skills: bubbles nose/mouth, submerging head, front/back float and push off wall independently and paddling, use of float pack.

  • EEL – Intermediate swimmers - children will complete the following skills: retrieving objects from under the water, learning to get elbows out of water and backstroke arms, use of float pack.

  • RAY – Advance swimmers - children will complete the following skills: retrieving objects from under the water, treading water, backstroke, freestyle and side breathing, limited use of float pack.

  • STARFISH – Advanced level swimmers - children will complete the following skills: touch bottom of pool off of ramp area, treading water, freestyle with side breathing and backstroke, no use of float pack.

 

SCHOOL AGE Swim Lessons 6-12 years

This is a six-level program designed so that each levels builds upon the proceeding once. Personal progress reports are provided at the end of each session.

  • POLLIWOG – Beginner swimmers who are not comfortable in water - children will complete the following skills: bubbles nose/mouth, submerging head, front/back float, push of wall independently, swim length of pool, high elbows and backstroke arms, use of float pack.

  • GUPPY – Intermediate swimmers who are comfortable in water - children will complete the following skills: retrieve objects from under the water, treading water, backstroke, freestyle and intro to side breathing, sitting dive skills, limited use of float pack.

  • MINNOW – Advanced swimmers - children will complete the following skills: touch bottom of deep end of pool, tread water, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, kneeling dive and standing dive, no float pack.

  • FISH – Advanced swimmers and successfully perform freestyle with side breathing, backstroke & elementary backstroke continuously and standing dive

  • FLYING FISH – SHARK – Advance swimmers able to complete all of the above and beginning to explore breast stroke and butterfly strokes, merging into competitive swimmers.

 

ONE-ON-ONE Swim Lesson Instruction

Scores of individuals have benefited from private swim lessons with qualified instructors. If you want to learn to swim, enhance swim strokes, improve endurance or meet other personal goals, then one-on-one swim lessons are for you! Our certified instructors are familiar with the need to adjust with certain disabilities. Have you had past negative experiences in the water? We can help you overcome your fears. Lessons may include practice, technique builders, discussions, observations and use of a variety of equipment such as kickboards, pull buoys, gloves, etc. Lessons are scheduled for 45 minutes. 30 minute lessons are an option for children under 12, if recommended by you or the instructor. Although one-on-one is offered to everyone, we would suggest that participants be at least 2½ years of age.

Want to save money? Semi-private lessons are available at a reduced rate per swimmer. Best for siblings or friends, semi-private participants must be close in ability or neither swimmer will be able to fully benefit from the lesson.