Youth Swim Lessons

We want to build strong swimmers and confident kids. You will see new names but at the core are the same elements. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement and Water Stamina students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.
Students will be taught at their own ability and “progressed up” when they have developed and mastered all skills for their current level.

1/Water Acclimation

Increases comfort with underwater exploration introduces swim basics and self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2/Water Movement

Continued work on swim basics, encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3/Water Stamina

Continued work on swim basics, front and back, developing intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

4/Stroke Introduction

Introduces basic stroke technique in front and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5/Stroke Development

Continued work on stroke techniques and endurance. Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

6/Stroke Mechanics

Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

7/RCYMCA Expert Piranha

Swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle, working on perfection of swim strokes, endurance in distances, treading and other skills. Introduction of pre-lifeguarding skills including surface dives, retrieval of objects, CPR practice and other skills.

Wondering about appropriate level?

It is important for children to be in the correct level. Please don’t guess. If your child is new to our program, or you can’t remember what level they should be in, a quick e-mail to frances@rcymca.org will get you the answer generally within 24 hours. You may be asked to bring your child in for an in-the-water evaluation. To eliminate the risk of your child being removed from the wrong level, with no spots available in the correct level/time of your choice, please be sure you are signing your child up for the correct level.

Please refer to Membership Policies page for details on our transfer/cancellation policy. Make ups are not provided if your child is absent or if we are closed due to unforeseen circumstances.

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