Swim Lessons at the Y

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons at the Y provide a safe learning environment for children who want to learn how to swim. Your child will thrive in one of our swim lesson programs taught by certified swim lesson instructors. 

Parent/Child Programs - Ages 6 months to 3 years

Kids have fun while becoming more comfortable in and around the water, while parents learn how to teach their child aquatic skills and how to be safe. Songs and developmentally appropriate games that use basic movementsin the water such as kicking, arm strokes and blowing bubbles, encourage socialization with other families with children of the same age. Parents do get in the water with their children. Swim diapers are required for children not yet toilet trained. 30-minute classes. 

Preschool Swim Lessons - Ages 3 to 6 years

Your child learns water safety and builds a foundation of skills that lead to stroke development during these 30-minute lessons.

Youth Lessons - Ages 6 to 13 years

This progressive program, of 45-minute classes, comprises five main components: personal growth; personal safety; stroke development; watersports and games; and rescue. Each level builds upon the previous level, with seven levels covering all the strokes, diving fundamentals, and safety skills. 

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Shrimp - Ages 6-9 months

Introduction to the aquatic environment and bonding time for parents and infants. Parents learn basic aquatic safety and have a positive experience with their children.

Kipper - Ages 9-12 months

Infants learn basic skills and have fun playing with toys as they are introduced to flotation devices. Parents learn more about basic aquatic safety and work with their children

Inia - Ages 18-24 months

Toddlers and parents work on independent skills. Goals include body control and balance, use of equipment without assistance and glide with assistance. The instructor prepares children to work directly with them as they put the skills of kicking, pulling and blowing bubbles together

Perch - Ages 24-36 months

Children work with their parents as they continue to put the skills of kicking, pulling and blowing bubbles together to form strokes. Children must stay in Perch until they turn 3 years old.

Pike

For children with minimal or no previous experience in swimming lessons. Children become independent in the water, build confidence and focus on the skills of basic paddle stroke, kicking skills, and comfort with holding the IR face in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming. An introduction to boating and pool safety is included

Pike Plus

For children who have had previous experience in swimming lessons, or who are comfortable in the water in a class setting. Children should be comfortable putting their face in the water and blowing bubbles. Basic swimming skills are covered with an emphasis on building endurance through the use of instructional flotation devices

Eel

Prerequisites: Can perform a front glide and swim 30’ without flotation assistance on front and back, and blow bubbles for 10 seconds. Emphasis is on stroke development and endurance while displaying the skills of Pike to develop rotary breathing and backstroke for 15 yards.

Ray

Prerequisites: Can confidently swim freestyle (front crawl) with rhythmic breathing and backstroke for 25 yards (full length of the pool). Children refine their freestyle and backstroke, and are introduced to breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Children are introduced to reaching and throwing assists as well as treading water

Starfish

Prerequisites: Can swim one length of the pool (25 yards) of freestyle and backstroke and have a basic understanding of dolphin kick, elementary backstroke and breaststroke and must be able to tread water for 60 seconds. Children focus on refining stroke mechanics and building endurance. Advanced safety concepts and skills are introduced.

Polliwog

For swimmers with minimal or no previous swim lesson experience. Youth are introduced to the basic skills of kicking, paddling, blowing bubbles and floating and become confident and safe in and around the water.

Polliwog Plus

For children who have had previous experience in swimming lessons and who are comfortable in a class setting. Prerequisites: Must be able to float and swim independently with the aid of a flotation device. Must be able to swim 10 yards without assistance. Children work on endurance and the fundamentals of rotary breathing and swimming on their backs.

Guppy

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 25 yards (one length of the pool) front and back crawl or successful completion of Polliwog level. Must be able to demonstrate rotary breathing. Youth begin to build endurance and confidence in their basic swimming skills and are introduced to elementary backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke in their most basic forms. Guppies are working towards swimming two lengths comfortably before moving into the Minnow level

Minnow

Prerequisites: Must be able to comfortably swim a length of the pool front crawl using rotary breathing and one length back crawl or successful completion of Guppy. Strokes are refined with a strong emphasis on proper mechanics. Minnows build endurance in all strokes including freestyle, backstroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. Form and endurance are the key ingredients during intermediate swim lessons.

Fish

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim one length of the pool of each backstroke, sidestroke, and freestyle using rotary breathing or successful completion of Minnow. Stroke mechanics are emphasized with a specific focus on breaststroke and turns. Fish are moving at a faster pace than Minnows and need less rest between exercises as they focus on skill refinement of all strokes.

Flying Fish

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim two lengths of each of backstroke, sidestroke, and breaststroke. Must have a mastery of rotary breathing and have strong endurance to swim many lengths in a row or successful completion of Fish. At this advanced level, students work on refining freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, while increasing endurance. Diving and turns are a continued focus of this advanced level.

Sharks

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim two lengths of each of backstroke, sidestroke, and breaststroke. Must have a mastery of rotary breathing and have strong endurance to swim many lengths in a row or successful completion of Fish. At this advanced level, students work on refining freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, while increasing endurance. Diving and turns are a continued focus of this advanced level.