For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
(740) 392-9622
YMCA of Mount Vernon
103 North Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Swim Lessons

Positive, fun activities that build athletic, social and interpersonal skills.


WATER ADJUSTMENT CLASSES – 6 months – 3 1/2  yrs.

Child Swim Lessons at the YMCA Mt Vernon ohioThe prerequisites indicate what the child is expected to do prior to the class in which they will be participating. Listed below are some of the skills and activities that the child will be working on in that level. Swim diapers or snug fitting rubber pants are required.


No swim skills. A program for parents with children at least 6-20 months. Focusing on water adjustment, safety, and healthy recreational pool habits. Parent or guardian must accompany each child in the water.


No swim skills. A program for parents with children at least 20-36 months. Focusing on water adjustment, safety, and basic direction following skills, preparing them for the preschool levels. Parent or guardian must accompany each child in the water.

YOUTH SWIM LESSONS – 7 – 13 yrs.

The prerequisites indicate what the child is expected to do prior to the class in which they will be participating. Listed below are some of the skills and activities that the child will be working on in that level.


Novice Beginner Prerequisites: must be at least 6 yrs. old; no swim skills necessary Skills to Learn/Activities: Safety around water, in-water adjustment, breath control for submerging face, front and back floats, glides, and kicks, with instructor support. YMCA core values introduced


Ready Beginner Prerequisites: Successful completion of Polliwog skills, or able to demonstrate skills. Skills to Learn/Activities: Independent front & back floats, glides, and kicks, introduction to treading water, jumping safely into water, pool safety, how to practice YMCA’s core values, beginner arm stroke patterns on front and back.


Intermediate Prerequisites: Successful completion of Guppy skills. Skills to Learn/Activities: Building short distance endurance and understanding of beginner strokes- front crawl, beginner breaststroke, back crawl, elementary back stroke. Introduction to rotary breathing, scissor kick, and side stroke. Resting float, continued building on treading water (goal is 1 minute), basic diving introduction, personal safety in deep water, and how to recognize opportunities to demonstrate YMCA core values.


Advanced Prerequisites: Successful completion of Minnow skills. Skills to Learn/Activities: Refinement of strokes with added emphasis on timing and breathing- rotary breathing while swimming crawl stroke, breast stroke breathing pattern along with whip kick, and side stroke. Introduction to open turns, dolphin kick, and rudimentary butterfly arms and body movement. Basic rescue and several first aid skills demonstrated.


Swimmer Prerequisites: Successful completion of Fish skills. Skills to Learn/Activities: Endurance and efficiency development of Front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, side stroke, using good form and timing, building to goal distances. Continued proficiency of rudimentary butterfly stroke, and diving. Introduction to flip turns, concepts of personal fitness, and a chance to observe CPR skills.


Please email for any question in regards to The YMCA of Mount Vernon Swim Team.

  • PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS- 3 1/2 - 5 yrs.

    The prerequisites indicate what the child is expected to do prior to the class in which they will be participating. Listed below are some of the skills and activities that the child will be working on in that level.


    Orientation to aquatic environment
    Prerequisites: Must be at least 3 1/2 years old. No swimming skills, toilet trained & comfortable without parent.

    Skills to learn/Activities: Water adjustment: entering & exiting safely, controlling breath, and comfort with submerging face. Front & back floats, glide & kicks with instructor support. Learn the names of the Y Core Values.


    Developing comfort and confidence
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pike skills or able to demonstrate skills

    Skills to Learn/Activites: Independent front and back floats, glides and kicks, introduction of treading water, jumping safely into water, pool safety, understand the meaning of the Y Core Values, and beginner arm stroke patterns on front and back.


    Young Beginner
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Eel skills, or able to demonstrate Eel skills

    Skills to Learn/Activites: Bobbing, tucks, and floats, changing directions, front and back crawl strokes, introduction to beginner breast stroke, side stroke, elementary back stroke, deep water safety and comfort.
    How to identify situations to practice Y Core Values.

    Next level based on Instructor’s recommendation.


    Credits and Refunds on Swim Lessons

    If the YMCA cancels a class a credit or refund will be issued. Classes not held due to inclement weather are not refundable. Withdrawals from classes must be done 72 hours prior to the 1st class to receive full credit.