Positive, fun activities that build athletic, social and interpersonal skills.
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence- building experiences, while parents learn about water safety drinking prevention, and the importance of supervision.
Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning in the water.
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, direction 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.
In stage 3, students learn how to swim safely 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 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.
Swimmer Prerequisites: Successful completion of Stage 4 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.
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 Stage 1 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.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Stage 2 skills, or able to demonstrate Stage 2 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.
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.