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 six 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
Must be accompanied by a parent. Children must wear water proof swim diapers. Class is designed to
get children comfortable in the pool and beginning to do basic kicks and paddles.
Ages: 3 years old to 6 years old
Pike/Eel: Won’t put head completely underwater, no formal swim lessons, may or may not be afraid of
the water, little or no stroke development, uses float belt for the class.
Ray: Bobs head completely underwater, previous swim lessons, some stroke development, can do floats
with little assistance, has basics of front crawl stroke, jumps in water w/out assistance, float belt
use varies. (Must have successfully completed Pike/Eel)
Starfish: Swims 1/2 length of pool with assistance, familiarity with all strokes, no float belt used. (Must
have successfully completed Ray)
Ages: 7 years old to 14 years old
Polliwog: Won’t put head completely underwater, no formal swim lessons, may or may not be afraid of the water, little or no stroke development, due to height, generally no float belt used.
Guppy: Bobs head completely underwater, previous swim lessons, some stroke development, can do floats with little assistance, has basics of front crawl stroke, jumps in deep water w/out assistance. (Must have successfully completed Polliwog)
Minnow: Able to swim in deep water without any fear, can tread water, can swim length of pool w/out assistance in front crawl, familiarity of other strokes. (Must have successfully completed Guppy) Fish: Able to swim in deep water, can swim length of p
PRIVATE / SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS
For anyone who wants to learn to swim (potentially scared of the water), to develop skills on a competitive level,