Swim Lessons

The YMCA has a 150-year tradition of teaching people how to swim. Now, the YMCA is introducing a new, empowering program to teach children and adults the life-long sport of swimming. Registration for swim lessons is always open.

***New Swim Lesson Curriculum Launches June 1***

The new swim curriculum is being launched by YMCAs across the country as a dynamic way to progress through each stage of swimming – from water discovery, to water safety, to stroke development for competitive swimming and healthy living.

As swimmers master each skill, they are empowered to move up through the stages, each time challenging themselves and learning something new.

Our existing curriculum (with levels: eels, minnows, etc.) will be offered through May, begining June 1 all students will be migrated to new curriculum. Ask our aquatics staff for more information about your student.

Swim Starters: Stage A, Water Discovery (6 mo to 3 yrs)

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Parents join infants and toddlers in the water, where they learn how to be comfortable and take part in fun, confidence-building activities. Experience the aquatic environment and learn to enjoy the water.

Move to Stage B when you can respond to verbal cues, you can jump on land and you are at least two years old

Swim Starters: Stage B, Water Exploration (2 to 3 yrs)

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In Stage B of Swim Starters, your swimmers will explore body positions, floating, and blowing bubbles, and learn fundamental safety skills.

Move to Stage 1 when: You are comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water and you are at least 3 years old.

Preschool Stage 1: Water Acclimation

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In Stage 1: Water Acclimation, you will get comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely get out of the water if you fall in. 

Move to Stage 2 when you: are willing to go underwater voluntarily, you can perform a front and back float and you can glide with assistance.

Preschool Stage 2: Water Movement

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In Stage 2: Water Movement, lessons will focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement.

Move to Stage 3 when you can do: a front and back float on your own and front and back glide 5' (preschoolers) or 10' (school age).

Preschool Stage 3: Water Stamina

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In Stage 3: Water Stamina, students will learn to swim longer distances, how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of your arms and legs.

Move to Stage 4 when you can: swim 10 yards (preschool) or 15 yards (school-age) on your front and back; and swim-float-swim 15 yards (preschool) or 25 yards (school-age)

Preschool Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

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In Stage 4: Stroke Introduction, students develop stroke technique in front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.

Move to Stage 5 when you can: swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, back crawl & front crawl with rotary breathing plus swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. 

School Age Stage 1: Water Acclimation

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In Stage 1: Water Acclimation, you will get comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely get out of the water if you fall in. 

Move to Stage 2 when you: are willing to go underwater voluntarily, you can perform a front and back float and you can glide with assistance.

School Age Stage 2: Water Movement

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In Stage 2: Water Movement, lessons will focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement.

Move to Stage 3 when you can do: a front and back float on your own and front and back glide 5' (preschoolers) or 10' (school age).

School Age Stage 3: Water Stamina

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In Stage 3: Water Stamina, students will learn to swim longer distances, how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of your arms and legs.

Move to Stage 4 when you can: swim 10 yards (preschool) or 15 yards (school-age) on your front and back; and swim-float-swim 15 yards (preschool) or 25 yards (school-age)

School Age Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

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In Stage 4: Stroke Introduction, students develop stroke technique in front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.

Move to Stage 5 when you can: swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, back crawl & front crawl with rotary breathing plus swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks.

School Age Stage 5: Stroke Development

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In Stage 5: Stoke Development, students will work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes.

Move to stage 6 when you can swim: 50 yards continuously of any stroke, 25 yards of good front crawl, side stroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and 15 yard butterfly.

School Age Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

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In Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics, swimmers will refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and learn about competitive swimming.