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Swim. Learn. Grow.

The YMCA’s mission is to provide programs that develop the whole person. Our swimming program is designed to develop a person emotionally, mentally and physically. We will be providing opportunities to learn, not only swimming skills, but also social skills, physical fitness, self-confidence, personal safety and rescue skills. We will be building character through activities that encourage caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Safety is our top priority. A lifeguard is present in the pool area during swimming lessons to assist with emergencies. Everyone succeeds. There are no failures in YMCA swim lessons. Each participant will progress at his/her own rate. Having fun is one of the most important objectives of the YMCA Swimming Program. Games and fun activities are an essential part of each class meeting. Class sizes are limited to ensure safety and maximum participation opportunities for the participant.


 
 
 

Swim Level Stage descriptions

SWIM STARTERS - Develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children.

Recommended Age Range: Infants & Toddlers (6 mos. – 3 yrs.)

In the two stages that make up this parent-child category, children learn to be comfortable in the water. Rather than teaching children how to survive in the water or become accomplished swimmers, Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters. Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Parents learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies.

STAGE A: WATER DISCOVERY

Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. The goals of this stage include the following:

  • Encouraging parents to set developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers enrolled in swim lessons
  • Introducing and emphasizing basic water safety to parents and providing a positive family aquatic experience
  • Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

Water Discovery Skills:

  • Breath Control: Blow Bubbles
  • Swim on Front: Front Tow, Front Float
  • Swim on Back: Back Float, Back Tow
  • Water Safety: Roll, Wall Grab
  • Benchmark: Water Exit, Water Entry

STAGE B: WATER EXPLORATION

In this stage, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. The goals of this stage include the following:

  • Encouraging children to move purposefully in the water in response to visual and verbal cues and using toys and flotation devices
  • Emphasizing basic aquatic safety to parents
  • Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

Water Exploration Skills:

  • Breath Control: Blow Bubbles
  • Swim on Front: Front Tow, Front Float
  • Swim on Back: Back Float, Back Tow
  • Water Safety: Roll, Monkey Crawl
  • Benchmark: Water Exit, Water Entry


SWIM BASICS - Develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages.

Recommended Age Ranges: Preschool Youth (3–5 yrs.) & School-Age Youth (5–12 yrs.)

In these three stages, students develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Group activities that reinforce learning help students progress. By the end of this series of stages, students achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

STAGE 1: WATER ACCLIMATION

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

Water Acclimation Skills:

  • Breath Control: Submerge
  • Swim on Front: Front Glide, Front Float
  • Swim on Back: Back Float, Back Glide
  • Water Safety: Water Exit, Roll
  • Benchmark: Jump, Push, Turn, Grab Swim, Swim, Float

STAGE 2: WATER MOVEMENT

In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

Water Movement Skills:

  • Breath Control: Submerge
  • Swim on Front: Front Glide, Front Float
  • Swim on Back: Back Float, Back Glide
  • Water Safety: Water Exit, Roll, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Jump, Push, Turn, Grab Swim, Swim, Float

STAGE 3: WATER STAMINA

In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides
  • Developing forward movement on the front and back
  • Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water

Water Stamina Skills:

  • Breath Control: Submerge
  • Swim on Front: Swim on Front
  • Swim on Back: Swim on Back
  • Water Safety: Water Exit, Roll, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Jump, Swim, Turn, Grab Swim, Swim, Float


SWIM STROKES - Introduces and refines stroke technique in older students.

Recommended Age Ranges: School-Age Youth (5–12 yrs.)

In these three stages, having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

STAGE 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION

Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing the front crawl and back crawl
  • Introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly
  • Practicing safety techniques in deep water

Stroke Introduction Skills:

  • Swim on Front: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Swim on Back: Back Crawl
  • Water Safety: Dive, Resting Stroke, Elementary Backstroke, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Endurance

STAGE 5: STROKE DEVELOPMENT

Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl
  • Developing the breaststroke and butterfly
  • Building endurance techniques for deep water safety

Stroke Development Skills:

  • Swim on Front: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Swim on Back: Back Crawl
  • Water Safety: Dive, Resting Stroke, Sidestroke, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Endurance

STAGE 6: STROKE MECHANICS

In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing endurance in the competitive strokes
  • Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns
  • Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water

Stroke Mechanics Skills:

  • Swim on Front: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Swim on Back: Back Crawl
  • Water Safety: Dive, Resting Stroke, Elementary Backstroke or Sidestroke, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Endurance

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Our private and semi-private lessons are taught by appointment only and are subject to instructor availability. Get a one-on-one or two-on-one class for 40 minutes with a skilled instructor.

Semi-Private lessons are for 2 people at similar levels that want to improve their skills together.

Please contact Denise at Denise@ymcamv.org to connect with an instructor. Please allow 10 days to schedule lessons.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel a scheduled lesson please do so directly with the instructor 24 hours in advance of the lesson. A lesson that is canceled less than 24 hours in advance or failure to attend a scheduled lesson will result in a charge for that lesson.

*We cannot provide swim instructor contact information for lessons that will be taught outside of the YMCA.

Prices and Polices

A great Place to Learn to Swim

The YMCA Swim Lessons program was created by aquatic experts and field-tested at YMCAs across the country. It stresses a development approach to teaching swimming and is based upon the latest research is child development and teaching. Lessons are developmentally appropriate and designed to quickly and effectively teach swimming skills. Swim instructors will guide your child through a process of individual and group exploration conducted in a student-centered, caring atmosphere. Swim instructors have been given a variety of new creative teaching methods to use at all different swim levels.

Administrative Policies

  • If the YMCA cancels or reschedules a course at the beginning of a session, full credit/refund will be given if transfer to another class is not possible.
  • If verified illness prohibits class attendance, and is reported to the YMCA during the class session in question, a prorated credit will be given. A doctor’s note must be submitted.
  • Please be aware that class may be cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Credits will not be issued for classes canceled due to weather.
  • Only the Aquatic Director will approve refunds for reasons not mentioned above.
  • The YMCA does not offer make-ups for individual absences.