Swim Lessons for Everyone

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FALL I: SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 18
FALL II: NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 13

SWIM LESSON SKILLS BY LEVEL

These lists do not include all the skills covered in each level; it contains those skills that may help parents determine the level at which their child should register. Look at each level and determine whether your child can consistently perform all the skills within that level. If so, check the next level, and keep moving through until you reach one for which your child cannot consistently perform all the skills. That probably is the right level for your child. It is better to underestimate the child’s abilities than to overestimate the child’s abilities. It is easier to move a child to a higher level than to move him or her down. If you are still not sure of your child’s level after looking at this list, contact the Aquatic Department to set up an assessment test for your child prior to registering for a class.

PARENT & CHILD

The primary objective is to get both the parent and child comfortable in the water. The child will become aware of the differences between moving through water and on dry land, while the parent will become aware of how to teach his or her child to be safe in and around the water. Classes are designed to allow the child to have fun in the water while the parent guides him or her to learn aquatic skills. The child will be exposed to games that use basic movements in the water, such as kicking, arm strokes, and breath control. Activities are based on the developmental abilities of each child.

  • Water acclimation: Has a happy expression in the water, wets face and arms and imitates parents by putting face in the water
  • Water entry/exit: Enters the pool—from a sitting position upon request, climbs out of the pool with assistance
  • Breath control: Shipping and expelling water on cue, submerging and blows bubbles on request or cue
  • Balance: Maintains stable vertical position in an IFD without parental support, balances on parent’s knee with minimal support, navigates, turns 180 to 360 degrees while wearing a PFD
  • Locomotion: Alternating paddles and kicks

Sat  11:00 – 11:30am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

PRESCHOOL SWIM LEVELS

This program offers children their first experience in the pool without parental assistance. Children are taught the basic skills that are the building blocks of swimming while learning about pool safety, boating safety, and the use of personal floatation devices. A caring, certified swim instructor teaches the 30 minute class. Class participants are divided into skill levels, and class size is such that the instructor can provide children with individual attention. Ages 3 – 5 years.

PIKES
Comparable to Preschool Level 1

  • Willingly put face in the water when asked
  • 5 bobs with bubbles, getting a breath each time
  • Release from the wall, swim/paddle away, turn, paddle back
  • Front float 10 seconds (face in the water), take a breath, and recover
  • Back float 10 seconds, recover
  • Wearing an IFD paddle stroke 5 yards front and kick on back 5 yards
  • Gain self confidence
  • Swim 5ft of each without an IFD: Paddle on front, back and side

Wed  4:30 – 5:00pm
Sat  9:00 – 9:30am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

EELS
Comparable to Preschool Level 2

  • Push off the wall, swim/paddle 5ft away, turn, and grab the wall
  • Front float 20 seconds (face in the water), take a breath, and recover
  • Back float 20 seconds, recover.
  • Jump in with IFD, paddle on front 10 yards, turn, kick on back 10 yards
  • Swim 15ft without an IFD: Swim on front with face in arms reaching out and rhythmic breathing, swim on back with horizontal position, swim on side with alternating arms.

Wed  5:00 – 5:30pm
Sat  9:30 – 10:00am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

RAYS
Comparable to Preschool Level 3

  • Front and back float 30 seconds without an IFD
  • Tread water 30 seconds with an IFD
  • Jump in deep end, swim 5 feet, back float 10 seconds and return
  • Bob 10 times in shallow water, getting a breath each time
  • Jump into deep water, swim up 5-7 feet
  • Sitting and kneeling dives
  • Swim 20ft without an IFD: Front crawl with rotary breathing, basic breaststroke with rhythmic breathing, side alternating stroke, backstroke with straight arms, basic elementary backstroke with glide

Wed  5:30 – 6:00pm
Sat  8:30 – 9:00am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

STARFISH
Comparable to Preschool Level 3

  • Head-first surface dive, recover
  • Front and back float 1 minute
  • Tread water 30 seconds without an IFD
  • Jump into deep water, swim 15 feet, back float 10 seconds, and return
  • Bob 10 times in deep water, getting a breath each time
  • Swim 40 feet without a float belt: Crawl stroke with side breathing, breaststroke with glide, symmetrical whip kick and rhythmic breathing, sidestroke with scissor kick, backstroke with straight arms and horizontal position, elementary backstroke with glide and symmetrical whip kick, introduction to butterfly with dolphin kick (20 feet)

Wed  6:00 – 6:30pm
Sat  8:30 – 9:00am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

YOUTH SWIM LEVELS

This program comprises five main components: personal growth, personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescue. Each skill level builds upon the preceding level, with six levels covering all the strokes, diving fundamentals, and safety skills. Ages 6 – 12 years.

POLLIWOG
Comparable to Level 1

  • Walk or swim away from the pool wall, turn around, reach and grab the wall
  • Front and back float 30 seconds without and IFD, recover/stand
  • Jump in and return to the side without assistance
  • Jump in deep water with an IFD swim 10 yards on front, kick on back 10 yards
  • Gain Self-Confidence
  • Paddle for 20ft without an IFD: Front paddle with face in water, back paddle with horizontal body position, side paddle with ear in the water

Thurs  5:00 – 5:30pm
Sat  10:00 – 10:30am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

GUPPY
Comparable to Level 2

  • Front and back float 1 minute without IFD, recover/stand
  • Tread water 30 seconds without an IFD
  • Jump into deep water, swim up 5-7 feet, paddle 15ft, back float 10 seconds, and return with out IFD
  • Perform 10 bobs in deep water, getting a breath each time
  • Kneeling dive with assistance, glide/swim 15 feet
  • Swim for 25 yards without an IFD: Front crawl and rotary breathing, basic breaststroke with rhythmic breathing, side alternating stroke, back crawl with straight arms, basic elementary backstroke

Thurs  5:30 – 6:00pm
Sat  10:30 – 11:00am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

MINNOW
Comparable to Level 3

  • Tread water 1 minute with an effective kick/Circle Kick for 1 minute
  • Bob 10 times in deep water, getting a breath each time
  • Kneeling dive off deck
  • Swim 25 yards without and IFD (all with GOOD form): Front crawl with side breathing and arms glide front, breaststroke with rhythmic breathing, glide and symmetrical whip kick, basic sidestroke with scissor kick, back crawl with opposite straight arms, elementary backstroke with glide and symmetrical whip kick

Wed  5:00 – 5:50pm
Thurs  5:00 – 5:50pm
Sat  10:30 – 11:20am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

FISH
Comparable to Level 4

  • Float 6 minutes with minimum movement front or back
  • Tread water 3 minutes using a combination of kicks
  • Scull head-first and feet-first, 45 feet each
  • Head-first and feet-first surface dive own 6-8ft
  • Swim 50 yards: Crawl stroke with side breathing and open turns, breaststroke with pull-breath-kick-glide rhythm and open turns, elementary backstroke with glide, backstroke with: body roll, bent arm pull and open turns, sidestroke with scissor kick and glide, basic butterfly (15 yards only)

Wed  5:00 – 5:50pm
Thurs  5:00 – 5:50pm
Sat  10:30 – 11:20am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

FLYING FISH
Comparable to Level 5

  • Tread water 6 minutes using all four kicks: single, double, circle, and rotary
  • Swim under water 3-4 body lengths with modified breaststroke
  • Freestyle flip turn for crawl and back stroke
  • Kneeling dives with streamline (focus on distance and body position)
  • Swim 100 yards (focus on efficiency): Crawl stroke with bilateral breathing and flip turns, elementary backstroke with flexed hips and glide, backstroke with: body roll, bent arm pull and flip turns, sidestroke (alternate sided) with scissor kick, lifesaving stroke (50 yards), butterfly (25 yards)

Wed  5:00 – 5:50pm
Thurs  5:00 – 5:50pm
Sat  9:30 – 10:20am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

SHARK
Comparable to Level 6

  • Take your own heart rate and swim within target heart rate range
  • Swim 200 yards individual medley (fly, back, breast, crawl) with proper turns
  • Start dives with step up, take your mark, and go!
  • Swim 100 yards (focus on endurance and pace): Crawl stroke with streamline, body roll, and flip turns, breaststroke with pull-out and glide, inverted breaststroke (50 yards), backstroke with dolphin kick/streamline and flip turns, over arm sidestroke, alternate sides (50 yards), butterfly with push-off and streamline (50 yards)

Wed  5:00 – 5:50pm
Thurs  5:00 – 5:50pm
Sat  9:30 – 10:20am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

STARTERS
This program is for children who have advanced through Fish level or higher in the Youth Swim Lessons program. It is meant for those children who have a special interest in swimming competitively or for fitness. An experienced instructor will provide a level appropriate workout while assessing technique. An emphasis will be placed on building endurance while learning new skills such as flip-turns, starts, and streamlines. Each class is an hour long. Ages 6 – 16 years.

Wed  5:00 – 6:00pm
Sat  8:00 – 9:00am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

ADULT SWIM LEVELS

Adult swim classes are for any skill level. An emphasis will be placed on water safety, especially in the beginner level. Classes are tailored to what each individual would like to achieve. One-on-one time with the instructor is given to each participant throughout the class time. Ages 15+ years.

ADULT BEGINNER

  • Front Float and Back Float 1 minute without an IFD
  • Tread water 30 seconds without an IFD
  • Swim 50 yards: Front Crawl & rotary breathing, back Crawl with straight arms
  • Swim 25 yards: Basic Breaststroke with rhythmic breathing and glide, basic Elementary Backstroke with glide

Mon  5:00 – 6:00pm
Sat  8:00 – 9:00am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

 

ADULT INTERMEDIATE

  • Front float and Back Float for 1 minute with minimal movement
  • Tread water 2 minutes using an effective kick
  • Proper open turns
  • Swim 100 yards: Crawl stroke with side breathing, breaststroke with Pull-Breath-Kick-Glide rhythm, elementary backstroke with glide, backstroke with body roll & bent arm pull
  • Swim 25 yards: Sidestroke with scissor kick
  • Swim 15 yards: Butterfly (25 yards with flippers)

Mon  6:00 – 7:00pm
Sat  8:00 – 9:00am
Y-Member $30 / Prospective Member $45

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Learn how to swim at the YMCA with individualized instruction. Young and old will learn proper swimming and water safety techniques. By appointment only.

Individual: Y-Member $15    Prospective Member $25 (30 mins)
Individual: Y-Member $30   Prospective Member $50 (60 mins)

Buddy: Y-Member $10     Prospective Member $15 (30 mins)
Buddy: Y-Member $20     Prospective Member $30 (60 mins)