YMCA youth swim lessons are designed to help each child learn how to swim better. The classes are pupil centered and use a problem solving guided discovery teaching technique. The emphasis is on learning and not on passing and failing. Each level is divided into five components: Personal Safety, Stroke Development, Water Sports and Games, Personal Growth, and Rescue.
Youth Swim Lesson Sessions
|TUE & THU Evenings
|Jan 6th - 29th
Feb 3rd - 26th
Mar 3rd - Apr 2nd*
Apr 7th - 30th
*skip week spring break
|Parent & Child/Blowfish/Pike/Eel/Ray/Starfish 5:30-6:00
Teen & Adult/Guppy/Polliwog/Minnow 6:05-650
|Jan 9th - 30th
Feb 6th - 27th
Mar 6th - 27th
Apr 3rd - 24th
|Jan 10th - 31st
Feb 7th - 28th
Mar 7th - 28th
Apr 4th - May 2nd**
**skip Apr 18 (swim meet)
|Parent & Child/Blowfish 9:00-9:30
Minnow/Teen & Adult 11:00-11:45
It is important you register your child for the proper class level. Please read the descriptions below to select the proper level. If you are unsure you may call the Aquatics Director, Brandy, at 256-238-9622.
A water awareness class. Course includes kicking, floating, reaching for objects, and “blowing bubbles”. Infants will be acclimated to the water, including working with instructors.
Preschool Aquatics- (3-5 years old)
Pike: Beginners- Water adjustment and submersion; front and back float with IFD; front and back, and side paddle stroke with IFD 15 yards and 5 feet without.
Eel: Advanced beginner- Front and back float with IFD; jump into shallow water; front, back, and side paddle with IFD 25 yards and 15 feet without.
Ray: Intermediate- Front and back float, tread water, jump into deep water, front alternating paddle stroke with rhythmic breathing 15 yards with IFD and 20 feet without, back and side alternating paddle 15 yards with IFD and 20 feet without, front and symmetrical paddle with IFD 25 yards and 20 feet without.
Starfish: Advanced- Front and back float, tread water, jump into deep water, front and back symmetrical paddle, front, back, and side alternating paddle 25 yards with IFD and 40 feet without.
Youth Aquatics- (6-14 years old)
Polliwog: Beginner, no swim skills necessary water adjustment and submersion; front and back float with IFD; front back and side paddle stroke with IFD 10 yards and 5 feet without.
Guppy: Advanced beginner- Front and back float; tread water; jump into deep water; Front alternating paddle with rhythmic breathing, front and back symmetrical paddle, and back and side alternating paddle 25 yards.
Minnow: Intermediate- Resting float; front alternating paddle stroke with overarm recovery and rotary breathing, rudimentary breaststroke, rudimentary sidestroke, back alternating overarm stroke, and rudimentary elementary backstroke 25 yards.
Fish: Advance- Front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and back crawl 50 yards; rudimentary butterfly 25 yards with fins, 15 yards without.