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
 
Saturday Mornings
4 classes
YMCA Members $25  All Others $50
Nov 1st - 22nd
Dec 6th - 27th

 
Friday Afternoons
4 Classes
YMCA Members $25  All Others $50
Nov 7th - 28th
Dec 5th - 26th

 

Tues & Thurs Evenings
8 Classes
YMCA Members $35  All Others $70
Nov 4th - 27th
 

Mon, Tues, Wed, & Thurs Evenings
8 Classes
YMCA Members $35  All Others $70
Dec 1st - 11th

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.