Swim Lessons

SIYMCA Underwater SwimmerThere is a reason why the YMCA is referred to as America’s Favorite Swim Instructor. In Y classes, not only are you taught in a caring way how to swim, but you also learn about yourself, safety, rescue skills and water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Please view our Pool Schedule for the latest exciting happenings in our Aquatics Department.

At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for everyone. In swim lessons, we use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop skills that last a lifetime.

Swim class ratios are 4 swimmers to 1 instructor for all group swimming lessons!   Please view class times and fees in the current Program Guide.

Click here to get information about our Stingrays Swim Team. Any interested swimmer (age 7+) is welcome on our team.

Pike

  • Preschool Beginner Level
  • Ages 3-5 yrs.
  • 30 minute class

Children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. This level focuses on developing three basic paddle strokes, kicking skills, face-in-water, and blowing bubbles.

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Eel

  • Preschool Advanced Beginner Level
  • Ages 3-5 yrs.
  • 30 minute class

The advanced beginner class reinforces Pike skills and teaches the flutter kick and the progressive paddle stroke, as well as floating and diving. Children can swim across the pool with assistance by the end of this level.

Ray/Starfish

  • Preschool Advanced Levels
  • Ages 3-5 yrs.
  • 30 minute class

At these levels children improve stroke skills and build endurance by swimming on their front and back.  Skills also include treading water and performing more progressive diving skills.  Children can swim across the pool on their front, back, and side without assistance by the end of these levels.

Polliwog

  • Youth Beginner Level
  • Ages 6-12 yrs.
  • 45 minute class

This is the beginning level for school age children. This class gets children acquainted with the pool, use of flotation devices, and front/back floating. By the end of this level they should know the front, back, and side paddle strokes.

Guppy

  • Youth Advanced Beginner Level
  • Ages 6-12 yrs.
  • 45 minute class

Children continue to practice and build upon basic skills without the aid of a flotation device. They are introduced to lead-up strokes: freestyle, backstroke, sidestroke, breast stroke, and elementary backstroke.

Minnow

  • Youth Intermediate Level
  • Ages 6-12 yrs.
  • 45 minute class

At this intermediate level, children refine the lead-up strokes they have learned. Skills become more like those normally used in swimming.

Fish/Flying Fish/Shark/Porpoise

  • Youth Beginning Advanced and Advanced Levels
  • Ages 6-12 yrs.
  • 45 minute class

Students work to perform the freestyle, elementary backstroke, backstroke, and sidestroke with turns. They are introduced to the butterfly stroke in Fish and Flying Fish levels. At the advanced levels, Shark and Porpoise, students work to refine strokes and increase endurance. They are introduced to starts and turns as well as more advanced personal safety and rescue skills.

Waterbugs

  • Ages Infant to Pre-School
  • Parent & Me Swim
  • 30 minute classes

The Waterbugs Swim classes are a water enrichment program. This program is designed to help young children discover the world of water with the comfort and support of their parent with them while in the water. Parents will be given safety advice from the instructor. The instructor will also be teaching the parents how to teach their children basic swimming skills.

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Private Swim Lessons

  • Open to All Ages
  • All Skill Levels
  • 45 minute sessions

In a private swim lesson setting, the instructor can focus more on individual needs to improve specific skills rather than focusing on a group of individuals. Private lessons can focus on the Progressive Swim Lessons curriculum or on the skills suggested by the participants. Private lessons works great for children and adults. This has proven to be a wonderful aid for children interested in Swim Team.

Private Family Swim Lessons

  • Open to ALL ages
  • All skill levels
  • 45 minute sessions

Family private lessons allow children from the same household to come to a private lesson together. The instructor assigned to the lesson will be able to work with each individual child at their own skill level.