Swim Lessons

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.

Choose the right swim lesson level for you or your child.

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.

Theses 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.

Stage Descriptions

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.

Students (Ages 3-5) learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming. In Stroke Introduction, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Stage Descriptions:

1 / Water Acclimation: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2 / Water Movement: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3 / Water Stamina: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

4 / Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Students (Ages 6-12) learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming. In Stroke Introduction, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Stage Descriptions:
1 / Water Acclimation: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
2 / Water Movement: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
3 / Water Stamina: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
4 / Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

It is never too late to learn how to swim! Whether you have a fear of the water, or you started to learn as a child and want to master the skills like advanced strokes and turns, this course is fun and low key with you setting the pace. Whatever your skill level, we are here to help you swim confidently in a supportive environment. Participants may begin at any of the six stages in our swim program: Water Acclimation to Stroke Mechanics. These lessons are for anyone ages 13 and up.