School Age: Ages 6 – 12 years old

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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
1 | WATER ACCLIMATION
(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.
2 | WATER MOVEMENT
(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.
3 | WATER STAMINA
(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
4 | STROKE INTRODUCTION
(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.
5 | STROKE DEVELOPMENT
(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.
6 | STROKE MECHANICS
(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 & Diving, Scuba and more!