Swim Lessons

For over 100 years, the YMCA has been one of America’s favorite swim instructors and a leader in water safety. Our proven curriculum and friendly environment enhance skills, all while having fun.

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Swim Programs

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. We offer a wide selection of parent & child, preschool, school-age, teen, and adult swim lessons that build strong and confident swimmers. It uses a problem-solving, guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive, caring environment. All age groups are taught the same skills but divided according to their developmental milestones.

PROGRAM SESSIONS

Winter:  January 8th-February 24th | Registration Closed

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th, 2024 Registration Opens: February 16th @ 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th, 2024

Parent Child Swim Lessons (AGES 6mo – 3yrs)

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th

Registration Opens: February 16th at 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th

Parent Child Swim Lessons

Parent/Child
Parent/Child
Day and Time
Tues. 6:30-7:00pm
Sat. 9:00-9:30am

Swim Basics

Students 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
    • Jump, push, turn, grab

Stage 1 – Water Acclimation – PRESCHOOL and SCHOOL AGE

Preschool: Ages 3-5 years

School Age: Ages 5-13 years.

This class is designed for youth not yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily. Children will develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water, in the event they fall in. 

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th

Registration Opens: February 16th at 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th

Stage 1 Swim Lessons

Preschool Ages 3-5
Preschool Ages 3-5
Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Day and Time
Fri. 9:50-10:20am
Thurs. 5:15-5:45pm
Tues. 5:00-5:40pm
Thurs. 5:50-6:30pm

Stage 2 – Water Movement – PRESCHOOL and SCHOOL AGE

Preschool: Ages 3-5 years

School Age: Ages 5-13 years

This class is designed for youth who submerge independently. Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while continuing to practice how to roll from front to back.  

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th

Registration Opens: February 16th at 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th

Stage 2 Swim Lessons

Preschool Ages 3-5
Preschool Ages 3-5
Preschool Ages 3-5
Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Day and Time
Tues. 5:00-5:30pm
Fri. 10:25-10:55am
Sat. 9:00-9:30am
Tues. 9:35-10:15am
Thurs. 5:15-5:55pm
Sat. 9:35-10:15am

Stage 3 – Water Stamina PRESCHOOL and SCHOOL AGE

Children should be able to float on their front and back independently. Students learn to swim to safety from a longer distance. They are introduced to rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Preschool: Ages 3-5 years

Preschool stage 3 is for children who are able to independently swim 5 feet on their front and back, and use the swim-float-swim sequence independently for 5 yards.

School Age: Ages 5-13 years

School age stage 3 is for youth who are able to independently swim 10 feet on their front and back, and use the swim-float-swim sequence independently for 5 yards.

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th

Registration Opens: February 16th at 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th

Stage 3 Swim Lessons

Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Day and Time
Tues. 5:45-6:25pm
Thurs. 4:30-5:10pm
Sat. 9:45-10:25am
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Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke techniques, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Stage 4 – Stroke Introduction

This class is designed for children ages 5-13. Youth entering Stage 4 should be able to swim 15 yards on their front and back independently, and swim-float-swim for 25 yards. Youth will develop stroke technique in front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke and butterly kicks. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th

Registration Opens: February 16th at 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th

Stage 4 Swim Lessons

Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Day and Time
Tues. 5:45-6:25pm
Thurs. 4:30-5:10pm
Sat. 10:20-11:00am

Stage 5 – Stroke Development

Youth entering Stage 5 should be able to swim 15 yards of front crawl with rotary breathing, and 15 yards of back crawl. Youth will work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. Emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and side stroke.

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th

Registration Opens: February 16th at 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th

Stage 5 Swim Lessons

Ages 5-13
Ages 5-13
Day and Time
Thurs. 6:35-7:15pm
Sat. 10:20-11:00am

Stage 6 – Stroke Mechanics

Youth entering Stage 6 should be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Students will refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Spring 1:  March 4th-April 27th

Registration Opens: February 16th at 8am

*Spring Break: March 24-30th

Stage 6 Swim Lessons

Ages 5-13
Day and Time
Thurs. 6:35-7:15pm
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PRIVATE LESSONS

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are one on one 30-minute lessons, available for all ages and levels, and are arranged to fit your scheduled based on pool and instructor availability. Participants work on swimming skills appropriate for their ability and in-line with their goals.

Contact: Chelsea Klutterman at 715-818-6014 or klutterman@swcymca.org for more information.

Member: $60/3 lessons or $100/5 lessons
Non-Member: $75/3 lessons or $125/5 lessons

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Semi-private lessons are designed for two students with one instructor. The Y does not match individuals for lessons. 30-minute lessons, available for all ages & levels, arranged to fit your schedule based on pool and instructor availability.

Member: $90/3 lessons or $150/5 lessons
Non-Member: $120/3 lessons or $200/5 lesson

More Swimming

Chelsea Klutterman

Chelsea Klutterman

Aquatics Director

(715) 818-6014

klutterman@swcymca.org