Learning to swim at the Y is more than just stroke development. It’s a child-centered approach, where kids learn through play, hands-on exercises and
Learning to swim at the Y is more than just stroke development. It’s a child-centered approach, where kids learn through play, hands-on exercises and creative repetition. The YMCA lesson curriculum is enhanced with YMCA character development emphasizing the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Children are taught in small groups in a progressive approach which allows each child to proceed at their own pace. When your child has mastered one level, they’re ready for the next. Each lesson encourages your child to feel good about themselves and what they’ve learned, and they can develop lifelong skills that can help them stay healthy.
The Y group swim lesson programs are offered year-round and include parent-child, preschool and youth group swim lesson classes as well as swimming lessons for all ages and abilities including those with autism or other disabilities. Sessions are eight weeks in length and registration dates open two weeks prior to the start of the class. Private and semi-private swim lessons are available for families or children wanting additional attention at a time that is convenient for you. During the summer group swim lessons are held at Lytle Pool and the YMCA pool.
Ages: 6 months to 3 years old
Parent & Child Lessons. Infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and development swim readiness skills. Parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
Level A- Water Discovery
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
Level B-Water Exploration
Focuses on body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety.
Ages: 3-5(preschool) and 5-12(school age)
Students will learn water safety and basic swimming competencies.
“Swim, Float, Swim” & “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab”
Level 1- Water Acclimation-Available for Preschool (ages 3-5) and School Age (ages 5-12)
Introduces basic self-rescue & underwater skills, performed with assistance.
Level 2-Water Movement-Available for Preschool (ages 3-5) and School Age (ages 5-12)
Encourages forward movement and basic self-rescue skills, performed independently.
Level 3-Water Stamina-Available for Preschool (ages 3-5) and School Age (ages 5-12)
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances.
Students learn additional water safety skills that build stroke technique
Level 4-Stroke Introduction
Introduces basic stroke technique in front and back crawl. Reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Level 5-Stroke Development
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly. Reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
Level 6-Stroke Mechanics
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes.
September 23 (Monday) - October 13 (Sunday)
Mattoon Area Family YMCA
221 N 16th Street