School Age: Ages 6 – 12 years old

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Summer Session: June 24th – August 18th, 2024

Now offering Fast Track Lessons Monday – Thursday for the summer!
There will be no lessons on Thursday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.


Your Child May Qualify for Free Swim Lessons! Our Y is able to provide this amazing opportunity due to funding we received from the 2024 USA Swimming Foundation Learn to Swim Grant. Must apply online. Financial Assistance is available through our Y’s Open Door program!

Swim Basics

These group lessons are designed to teach youth water safety and respect for the water. The Swim Basics program is built on the YMCA’s new Safety Around Water program and is designed to teach students personal water safety and respect for the water. The skills swimmers learn in these stages will help them develop an awareness of their own bodies, gain a sense of independence and success, and increase their self-esteem while achieving 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
StagesWhat Youth Will Accomplish
(f.k.a. Polliwog)
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
(f.k.a. Guppy)
In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
(f.k.a. Minnow)
In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Swim Strokes

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

StagesWhat Youth Will Accomplish
(f.k.a. Fish)
Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
(f.k.a. Flying Fish)
Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
(f.k.a. Shark)
In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

We encourage all children who have completed stage 6 to continue building their confidence, cultivating their passion, and staying active through specialized tracks: Competitive Swimming and more!

If there is only one child signed up for a class by the time this session begins, that class time will turn into one-on-one private lessons for half the session (4 consecutives classes). Child may continue with one-on-one private lessons for the second half of the session if a second payment is made.

Refund Policy: A refund, minus a $20.00 cancellation fee will be granted if request is made one week or more before the start of the session. A system credit can be applied if the request is made less than one week before the session begins. Refunds will not be issued to participants who drop out after classes begin.