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Free Swim Evaluation
To ensure that your child is placed in the appropriate class, we strongly recommend a swim evaluation before registration for participants new to our swim lesson program. Appointments must be made in advance with the Aquatic Director. If your child is under the age of 6, you must be prepared to enter the water if needed. YMCA Swim Lessons are designed to allow the participant to have fun in the water while being guided to learn swimming skills. Activities are based on the developmental abilities of the participant. Participants will learn the basic skills that build on one another as the levels increase. They also learn about water safety, water sports and games, character values/personal growth and rescue.
PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS
Ages 3-5 years
At this level, children begin to attend classes without their parents. This level helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort in holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming. To advance, must demo front/back float with Individual Floatation Device, paddle stroke front/back 5 feet without Individual Floatation Device.
This advanced beginner level reinforces Pike skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to flutter kick, dive, float, and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim across the pool without assistance by the end of this level. To advance, must demo 20 seconds front/back float and paddle stroke front/back/side 15 feet without Individual Floatation Device. Must complete PIKE or demonstrate required skills.
At this level children review previous skills, improve skills, build endurance by swimming on their front and back, and learn to tread water and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim across the pool on their front and back without assistance by the end of this level. To advance, must demo front alternating paddle with rhythmic breathing 20 feet without Individual Floatation Device. Must complete EEL or demonstrate required skills.
Children at this level review previously learned skills and refine their crawl and back stroke and floating skills. They also learn underwater swimming skills. Children can swim a length of the pool on the front and back at the end of this level. To progress, must demo front alternating paddle with rhythmic breathing 40 feet without Individual Floatation Device. This level is for the child who has the endurance to swim the length of the pool without equipment, has the concept of rotary breathing with over arm recovery, backstroke, and personal safety skills. Must complete RAY or demonstrate required skills.
PROGRESSIVE SWIM LESSONS
This level is for the beginning school-age swimmers. It acquaints children with the pool, the use of flotation devices, and front and back floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front, side and back paddle strokes, some synchronized swimming, as well as some water sports and games skills.
Swimmers continue to build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a flotation device. They are introduced to lead-up strokes to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. More synchronized swimming and wetball skills are taught, as well as some diving skills. Must complete Poliwog or demonstrate required skills.
This is the initial intermediate level. The children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming. They learn more synchronized swimming movements, wetball skills, and diving skills. Must complete Guppy or demonstrate required skills.
At this point, swimmers work to perform the crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl stroke, and sidestroke, with turns. They are introduced to the butterfly stroke. They continue learning additional synchronized swimming movements, wetball skills, diving skills, and are introduced to the use of masks and fins. Must complete Minow or demonstrate required skills.
At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their endurance. They develop the ability to perform more complex combinations of synchronized swimming movements, learn to dive off a one meter board, and develop better wetball playing skills. They are also introduced to the use of a snorkel. Must complete Fish or demonstrate required skills.
The students at this level continue to improve their strokes, with starts and turns, and are introduced to the inverted breaststroke, the crawl, and the over-arm sidestroke. Opportunities are provided for further work on synchronized swimming, wetball, and skin diving. Must complete Flying Fish or demonstrate required skills.