Welcome to the YMCA youth aquatic programs. ALL our group lessons offer guaranteed low student to instructor ratios, and all instructors are certified water safety instructors through the American Red Cross. Let them help you gain confidence in the water and improve your swimming skills.
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PARENT & CHILD ORIENTATION
Location: Instructional Pool – This water enrichment program provides a positive environment for children ages 6-36 months with a parent or guardian in the water. Parents are guided through basic swimming skills by our trained instructors. No more than eight children will be accepted into each class. Classes are 30-minutes in length and meet once per week.
PARENT & CHILD 1 – SHRIMP (6-18 months)
Fun with games, songs and nursery rhymes while introducing basic swimming skills.
PARENT & CHILD 2 – KIPPER (18-36 months)
Water comfort and swimming skills taught through a variety of fun activities. Parents and children will be guided through introductory swimming skills and safety precautions preparing them for classes without the aid of a parent.
Fee: Member $47 General Public $65
PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS
Location: Instructional & Lap Pools – This program offers children ages 3-5 their first experience in the pool without a parent, made possible through a variety of fun activities and games. Classes provide a step-by-step progression of swimming, water safety without the aid of a flotation device, designed to adequately prepare your 3 to 5 year old child for the youth program. Student/Instructor ratio will not exceed 5 to 1. All preschool classes are 45-minutes in length and meet once per week. Perch and Pike classes will be held in the Instructional pool, Eel will transition into the Lap pool; Ray and Starfish will be held in the Lap Pool.
FEE: Member $56 General Public $91
Basic water skills such as water entry / exit, and kicking and floating will be the main emphasis along with a focus on pool safety rules. This is the perfect class for children needing additional support in transitioning to a class without a parent, those experiencing fear in the water, or with no previous lesson experience.
Emphasis remains on fun; beginner stroke techniques, individual swimming skills and underwater exploration are also taught. Previous lesson experience is not required, providing that the child experiences no fear in the water or without the aid of a parent.
Designed to provide students success with fundamental skills, independent swimming and beginner stroke techniques. Entrance requires successful completion of Pike.
This is an advanced preschool class offering refinement of the front and back crawl, advanced body control skills, and endurance work through swimming and treading water. Entrance requires successful completion of Eel.
This is essentially a Minnow class for 3 to 5 year olds. Children work independently through all skills. Entrance requires successful completion of Ray.
SCHOOL-AGE SWIM LESSONS
Location: Lap Pool – Children ages 6-12 years learn the fundamentals of swimming and water safety with increased stroke development and endurance as levels increase. Classes will not exceed a 6 to 1 student/instructor ratio. All classes are 45-minutes in length, meet once per week and are taught in the Lap Pool. The prerequisite for each level is successful demonstration of the skills taught in the preceding level. Beginners start at Polliwog, which has no prerequisite.
FEE: Member $56 General Public $91
The objective of this class is for your child to feel more comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. Introduction to basic aquatic skills such as beginner stroke technique and underwater exploration are emphasized.
An advanced beginner class for children ready to perform skills unsupported. Focus is placed on developing the front and back crawl, treading water, and introduction of the elementary backstroke and breaststroke.
An intermediate level emphasizing endurance; refinement of front crawl and back crawl (focusing on rotary breathing); continued development of elementary backstroke and breaststroke; and introduction of sidestroke.
Develops confidence in the strokes learned and improves additional aquatic skills. Participants will refine breaststroke and sidestroke while increasing endurance with front and back crawl. Introduction to open turns and butterfly will also be included.
Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. At this advanced level students will refine their performance of all strokes: front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke. Students will also be introduced to flip turns on the front and back.
Class objective is stroke refinement so that students swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Students will also complete a 200 medley (50 yards each of butterfly, back crawl, breaststroke and front crawl with starts and turns).
ADVANCED SKILL LESSONS
This is a class for children in the Fish, Flying Fish & Shark levels that are progressing through the levels, but not currently interested in competing on the swim team. We will focus on building endurance and improving technique. There will still be instruction, but your child must be able to swim front and back crawl an entire length to participate. This will be a lap swimming workout class that will also include open and flip turns as well as water entries. Participants: Min. 4, Max 10
Fee: Member $58 General Public $93
HOME SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (HS)
Location: Instructional and Lap Pools – Join us this fall for our comprehensive Home School Physical Education Program, designed for home-schooled youth ages 6-12 interested in enhancing their current level of fitness. Your child will have the opportunity to explore the fun of fitness with other kids their own age, while participating in activities and games that help develop coordination, socialization, and group play. Activities include time in our gymnasium, outdoor fields (weather permitting), and our My Place. In addition to 45-minutes of gym-time fun, children join their appropriate level of youth swim program. Children that are not home-schooled are welcome to attend.
THURSDAYS…4 weeks only, May 2nd – 23rd
Gym Time: 9:15-10:00am & Swim Time: 10:15-11:00am
FEE: Member $32 General Public $50
HOME SCHOOL JR. LIFEGUARD CLASS
Location: Instructional & Lap Pools
The junior lifeguard program will prepare children ages 10-14 to begin exploring the job of being a lifeguard. They will work on swimming endurance, rescue techniques, and customer service skills. Participants should come prepared with swim suits, paper, and pencils.
THURSDAYS: 11:30am-1:30pm…4 weeks only, May 2nd – 23rd
FEE: Member $38 General Public $63
PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
Gain confidence in the water and improve your swimming skills with swim instruction tailored to meet your individual goals. Private lessons are available to any age and ability. Let our certified American Red Cross water safety instructors work with you individually or in a small group of your choosing. All lessons are 30-minutes in length and can be scheduled at your convenience year round. We do our best to coordinate your preferred days and times while working with our pool and instructor availability.