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
 
Saturdays
4 classes
YMCA Members $25  All Others $50
JUN 7th - 28th
JUL 12th - AUG 2nd
AUG 9th - 30th
SEP 6th - 27th
Mon thru Thurs Mornings
8 Classes
YMCA Members $35  All Others $70
JUN 2nd - 12th
JUN  16th - 26th
JUL 7th - 17th
JUL 21st - 31st
AUG 4th - 14th

Tues & Thurs Evenings
8 Classes
YMCA Members $35  All Others $70
JUN 3rd - JUN 26th
JUL 7th - 31st
AUG 4th - 28th

SEP 9th - OCT 2nd

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.

Parent/Child: (6-36months)
 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.