Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The Y has been “America’s Swim Instructor” for over 100 years. The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between levels. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.
All swim instructors are trained under the YMCA of the USA guidelines and certified in Basic Life Support (CPRO), Emergency Oxygen Administration and Basic First Aid.
Stages A & B (Parent/Child)
Stage A (ages 6 months-2 years)
Instructors use songs and games to encourage students and parents to learn skills, explore the environment and equipment used in swim lessons, and how to be safe in and around water. Child is required to wear a swim-type diaper if not 100% potty-trained.
Stage B (ages 2-3 years)
Introduces and enhances understanding of the aquatic environment. Instructors guide students through a variety of skills include floating, the progression of going under water, using swim equipment, forward underwater movement, arm and leg movements, rudimentary rhythmic breathing, and the fundamentals of self-rescue and water safety. Goggles may be helpful.
Stages 2 & 3
Stage 2: Water Movement (ages 3-6 years, 6-12 years and 10–15 years)
Child can independently submerge underwater and swim a few feet with or without floatation. The focus is on body position, front/back float, forward underwater movement, rolling from front to back, directional change, and basic self-rescue skills.
Stage 3: Water Stamina (ages 3-6 and 6-12 years)
Child can swim, roll to a float and return to swim the width of the pool (20 feet). The student continues to focus on self-rescue skills while learning to swim longer distances, tread water, and retrieve an object from bottom of shallow end.
Stages 4, 5 & 6
Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (ages 3-6 and 6-12 years)
Child can swim/float/swim the length of the pool (60 feet). Students develop proper front crawl including rudimentary rotary breathing, back crawl, breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. The water safety conversation continues and is reinforced through skills like treading water and elementary backstroke.
Stage 5: Stroke Development (ages 5-8 and 8-12 years)
Child can swim 50 yards each of proper front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick, and butterfly kick. Improve upon all major competitive strokes. The water safety conversation continues and is reinforced through treading water and sidestroke.
Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics (ages 5-8 and 8-12 years)
Child can effectively and efficiently swim 100 yards of any stroke or combination of strokes. Students refine stroke technique and develop endurance of all major competitive strokes, learn flip turns and enhance all previously learned skills. A great option for those who want a competitive workout without team commitment.
Ages 6-10 and 10-15 years
The child has completed the group swim lesson program (through Stage 6) and can effectively and efficiently swim 150 yards of any combination of strokes. Student builds endurance, refines all major competitive strokes, and improves starts and turns. A great option for those who want a competitive workout without team commitment.
Individual and Dual Lessons
Intended for children or adults looking to practice or refine a skill, or to reach a specific goal. These lessons are intended to supplement, not replace, a group lesson. If you would like arrange or learn more, please let us know: