Youth Swim Lessons
Number 1 in Water Safety
When it comes to swimming and water safety, no one is trusted more than the YMCA, America's Swim Instructor. In fact, group swim instruction was developed by the YMCA in 1906.
We believe the role of the YMCA is critical as families attempt to get back to a new normal. The well being of our staff, members, and children in our care is our highest priority. With that in mind, the Y has redesigned all traditional group lessons to Private and Parent/Child lessons. This will allow for social distancing and keep our instructors and participants safe. Our swim instructors will be teaching the majority of swim lessons from the pool deck. Instructors will enter the water briefly to demonstrate skills and observe students as needed.
Parent/Child swim lessons are a great way to connect with your child, and communicate the importance of water safety.
The YMCA swim lesson curriculum is designed to teach this lifelong skill to young people and adults of all skill levels in a safe environment. We offer swim lessons for the beginner and for those looking to improve their strokes.
What to Expect
All YMCA swim instructors are nationally certified and are trained in CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration.
Private lessons and small group lessons offered.
Private lessons are available for children of all ages. Youth 5 and under, or novice swimmers, must have a parent or guardian in the water.
Small group lessons are available for children 1 to 7 years of age. Parent must be in the water with the child.
A curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety.
Provided take-home tools and resources to support students and families outside of the Y.
Students’ progress is tracked throughout the session and discussed with parents.
Mid-session reports given halfway through the session and certificates of achievement given at completion.
Variety of Y locations.
Group Swim Lessons
Group Swim Lessons for ages 6 months to adult, swimmers will learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building exercises. Participants will develop comfort with being underwater, skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water, and learn how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Upon mastering the above-mentioned skills, participants will be challenged to build stamina by swimming longer distances.
Our swim instructors will be teaching the majority of swim lessons from the pool deck. Instructors will enter the water briefly to demonstrate skills and observe students as needed.
Private Swim Lessons
Private Swim Lessons for ages 3 and up to allow for individualized attention to help improve or master swimming skills. Together, the instructor, participant and/or parent determine the goals for the session, and the curriculum is customized in order to meet these goals.
All beginner swimmers and any swimmer under 6 years old, must have a parent or guardian accompany the child into the water and assist with hands-on skill practice.
Online registration is currently not available for private swim lessons. To receive information on availability and registration options please fill out the form below.
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