Youth Swim Lessons

HELPING KIDS FLOURISH

youth-swim2The Y’s youth swim lessons will help your kids stay fit, healthy and strong when they spend time in the water. But, most importantly, they will gain confidence and learn vital water safety skills that will last them a lifetime.

Preschool Program (Ages 3-5)

This program offers children their first experience in the pool without parental assistance. Children should be able to be independent in the water, know how to take turns and be able to hold onto the side of the pool by themselves. All preschool swim levels include the following five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, rescue, water sports and games. Children will also learn the proper usage of instructional flotation devices (IFDs) and personal flotation devices (PFDs). Preschool swim levels include:

Pike
This beginning level is for the non-swimmer. Children will develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water and develop independent movement in the water with the use of IFDs and PFDs. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle strokes, kicking skills, floating on their front and back and comfort with holding their face in the water while blowing bubbles. By the end of this level, children will learn to paddle 10 yards on their front, back and side with the use of an IFD, and five feet without assistance.

Eel
This advanced beginner level reinforces Pike skills. It is designed for children who are comfortable putting their face in the water. They are taught to kick, float without the use of an IFD and perform the progressive paddle strokes on their front, back and side. They also learn how to submerge in deeper water using a pole. By the end of this level, children can swim across the pool with the help of an IFD and 15 feet without assistance on their front, back and side.

Ray and Starfish
At these intermediate levels, children build endurance by swimming on their front, back and side. They begin to learn about rhythmic breathing with the front paddle. They are introduced to the lead-up strokes for breaststroke and elementary backstroke, and also learn to tread water and perform progressive diving skills. By the end of this level, children can swim across the pool on their front, back and side without assistance.


Youth Program (Ages 6-14)

swim-lessons2This program consists of five main components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, rescue and water sports and games. Each of the Y’s youth swim levels builds upon the levels before.

Polliwog
At this beginning level, children become acquainted with the pool, the use of personal flotation devices (PFD) and the basic movements of swimming (kicking, paddling and floating on their front and back). By the end of this level, they should know the front, side and back paddle and be able to swim across the pool with the use of a PFD and at least 15 feet without a PFD.

Guppy
In this level, swimmers continue to practice and build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a PFD. They are introduced to lead-up strokes for the sidestroke, breaststroke and elementary backstroke and begin paddling with their faces in the water. By the end of this level, children can swim 25 yards (or one length of the pool) on their front, back and side without assistance.

Minnow
This is the initial intermediate level. Swimmers will focus on the front crawl with rhythmic breathing, back crawl with arm recovery out of the water, sidestroke with a scissors kick, breaststroke and elementary backstroke using a proper whip kick. By the end of this level, they will be able to swim 25 yards using all of the above-mentioned strokes.

Fish
At this point, students continue to work on their strokes with turns at the wall. At the end of this level, students should be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and 25 yards of butterfly kick with the help of fins.

Flying Fish
At this advanced level, students work on refining their stroke technique and increasing their endurance. By the end of this level, children will be able to swim 100 yards (or four lengths of the pool) without stopping using freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and 25 yards of butterfly without the use of fins.

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