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STRONG SWIMMERS CONFIDENT KIDS
The Y has been teaching people to swim for more than a century. Swimming is an activity you can enjoy your whole life. Let the Y help your family discover the fun and great exercise of swimming!
Learning to swim at the Y is more than just stroke development, our lessons offer a child-centered approach. Kids will learn through play, hands-on exercises and creative repetition. The YMCA lesson curriculum includes YMCA character development, which emphasizes our four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Children are taught in small groups in a progressive approach, which allows each child to proceed at their own pace. When your child has mastered one level, they’re ready for the next. Each lesson encourages your child to feel good about themselves and what they’ve learned, and they can develop lifelong skills that can help them stay healthy.
YMCA group swim lesson programs are offered year-round and include parent-child, preschool and youth group swim lesson classes. If a class time you are interested in is full you may choose to register for the same level at a different time in the week. You may also place your child on the waitlist. A minimum of two to three students to run a class. Levels may be combined due to low enrollment in multiple classes.
FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE IN CHOOSING YOUR CHILDS CORRECT LEVEL PLEASE VIEW OUR LEVEL SELECTOR
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PARENT / CHILD 6-36 MONTHS
Parents enter the water with their swimmer and take the lessons together.
LEVEL A TADPOLES
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. This stage is for student not yet able to respond to verbal cues and jump on land.
LEVEL B KIPPERS
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. This Stage is for students who are not yet comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water.
AGES: 3-5 (PRESCHOOL) AND 5-12 (SCHOOL AGE)
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills: swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab.
LEVEL 1 PIKE
Increases comfort underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Student not yet able to go underwater voluntarily.
LEVEL 2 EEL
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Student not yet able to do a front and back float on their own.
LEVEL 3 MINNOW
Develops self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than previous stages. Student not yet able to swim 10-15 yards on his or her front and back.
AGES: 5-12 (SCHOOL AGE)
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.
LEVEL 4 FISH
Introduces basic stroke technique in front and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water. Students not yet able to swim 15 yards of front and back crawl.
LEVEL 5 SHARK
Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Student not yet able to swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool.
LEVEL 6 FLYING FISH
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Student not yet able to swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool.
TEEN / ADULT SWIM LESSONS
For anyone who wants to learn to swim above age 12, we offer small group swim lessons for adults and teens focusing on swim basics to swim stroke technique.
PRIVATE / SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS
For anyone who wants to learn to swim (potentially scared of the water), to develop skills on a competitive level, or simply improve their swimming knowledge, we offer private 30 minute lessons for children and adults. Private and Semi-private lessons are for Members Only.
Further questions and private/semi-private lessons scheduling, please contact Aquatics Coordinator at 359-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HEAT SWIM TEAM
There are many jumping off points from recreational lessons to HEAT swim team. It is recommended swimmers are able to swim 25 yards of Free Style and 25 yards of Backstroke. You do not have to be proficient but you should be confident enough in the water on your own. HEAT is a competitive team. We pride ourselves in teaching our young athletes how to be competitive in a fun and healthy environment. There are no practice or competition requirements for most of the groups. If you would like to continue your interest in swimming, come try HEAT out up to three times without any obligation to join. Heat Swim Team (Students age 6-18 years old) A YMCA and USA Swimming affiliated program, the Heat provides year-round training and competitive opportunities for swimmers of all ages and abilities. All participants must pass an initial assessment to ensure the minimum swimming requirements and be an active member at Stephens Family YMCA. The focus of Heat Swim Team is placed on stroke technique, endurance, and strength, streamline starts, flip turns, and relay starts and exchanges and racing strategies. The Heat offers five training groups that are broken up by age and/ or ability. To increase each swimmer’s ability, the coaching staff recommends attending at least two practices per week with increasing attendance as the swimmer progresses through the groups. Email email@example.com for more information.
COMPETITIVE SWIMMING Team members can participate by purchasing a punch pass.