YMCA SWIM LESSONS: Swim Basics for Preschool, School Age, Teens, and Adults

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

Stage Descriptions:
1/ Water Acclimation Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2/ Water Movement Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3/ Water Stamina Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Swimming Lessons Offered at the YMCA

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In stage 3, 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.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 6:05 PM - 6:35 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

In stage 2, 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.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

Students in stage 4 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.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

In stage 3, 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.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 6:40 PM - 7:10 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

In stage 2, 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.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 6:05 PM - 6:35 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

In stage 3, 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.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00