At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill. When you learn to swim, you gain confidence, acquire safety/rescue skills and experience water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Throughout all stages, we teach students how to be safer and more comfortable in the water. All age groups are taught the same skills, but divided according to their developmental milestones.
The parent/child swim program introduces infants and toddlers to the joys of swimming for the first time under the care and love of their parents.
These lessons are designed to introduce infants and toddlers to the water and focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. There are no prerequisites, but children must be at least six months to enroll. Parent or caregiver must accompany child into the water and participate in the class.
A / Water Discovery: Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
B / Water Exploration: Focuses on exploring body positions and blowing bubbles. Includes fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
*At the Y, we know families take a variety of forms. As a result, we define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.
Rays Swim Team
The structure of the Rays Swim Team is a plan to develop not only great swimmers, but establish a plan for the development of the athlete as a whole person – physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. Participation in sports should be designed to develop a sense of enjoyment, inclusion, and mastery in whatever sports the child chooses. It is the focus of the YMCA swimming program to not merely be a place for children to experience the great sport of swimming but also to develop their technical expertise.
The mission of the YMCA of Upper Palmetto Rays is:
“To build strong spirits, minds, and bodies while achieving excellence in swimming and in life.”
Become a Lifeguard
Learn how to save lives in the water. Become a YMCA lifeguard or swim lesson instructor. Upon successful completion of the Y’s lifeguard and swim instructor training programs, each participant will be certified. Participants must be at least 16 years old by the end of the training. This course instructs participants in both lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer. Successful completion will gain the participant certification by the American Red Cross, with the exception of the Junior Lifeguarding course.