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Swim Lessons

 Below is a full listing of Youth Swim lessons offered at the Y. If you have questions about levels or would like to register, please call 201.955.5300.

PARENT-CHILD SWIM LESSONS

AGES 6 MONTHS-3 YEARS

Instructor to parent and child pairs ratio is 1:10.

SHRIMP          Ages 6-18 months
KIPPER          Ages 18 months-3 years

These classes are for children and their parent(s) with the primary objective of both becoming comfortable in the water. The child will become aware of the difference between moving through water and on dry land, while the parent will become aware of how to teach their child how to be safe in and around the water. Classes are designed to allow the child to have fun in the water, while the parent guides them to learn aquatic skills. They will be exposed to basic arm and leg movements and breath control through games and songs. All activities are based on the development of the child. Unless potty trained all children must wear swim diapers with elastic legs while in the water.

PRE-SCHOOL SWIM LESSONS

AGES 3-5 YEARS

Instructor to student ratio is 1:6.

PIKES          Beginner Swimmer

Children will develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water and learn independent movement in the water. They are taught how to put their face in the water, blow bubbles, kicking, basic arm motions and pool safety.


EELS           Confidence Builder

Children who enter this level are already comfortable in the water. They will build confidence by being more independent while learning how to float and progress to advanced paddle stroke. Using flotation devices students will be able to swim half a pool length at the end of this level.


RAYS           Advanced Beginner

Students will be introduced to treading water, jumping in deeper water, and progress to using out of water arm motions. They will gain endurance on their front and their backs which will lead to the ability to swim half the length of the pool with little assistance by the end of this level.

SCHOOL AGE SWIM LESSONS

AGES 6-14 YEARS

Participants who are new to our program will need to be swim tested to determine the appropriate level,.
Pre-requisites for all levels are based on report cards given at the end of the session. Only students who successfully pass all skills will move to the next level.

POLLIWOG 1          Beginner

Instructor to student ratio is 1:6
This level gets first time swimmers acquainted with the water. Using floatation devices they will learn to blow bubbles, float, kick, glide, and get introduced to the deep end. Safety skills and pool rules are also taught.

                     POLLIWOG 2          Intermediate Beginner

Instructor to student ratio is 1:6
Using limited flotation devices this level is built for participants to gain confidence. Streamline, front and back glides, paddle stroke and treading water will be done independently. Children will be able to swim half the length of the pool without flotation devices by the end of this course.


GUPPY 1           Advanced Beginner

Instructor to student ratio is 1:8
Students will be introduced to basic freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke. Sitting dives are also taught in this level while bobs, bubbles and glides are refined.


                       GUPPY 2           Initial Intermediate

Instructor to student ratio is 1:8
Rotary breathing is introduced with a focus on proper body alignment while breaststroke kick and arms are also taught. Dives are worked on while swimming in deep water is incorporated more into each lesson.


MINNOW           Intermediate

Instructor to student ratio is 1:10
Swimmers strokes during this level will begin to become more efficient. Freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke are reviewed and worked on while sidestroke is introduced. Students will be able to complete 2 lengths of the pool without stopping by the end of this class.

FISH           Advanced Intermediate

Instructor to student ratio is 1:10
Endurance is key focus in this level. All portions of butterfly are introduced along with sidestroke and all other strokes are refined. Flip turns and standing dives are taught and students will be able to complete 4 lengths of the pool without stopping by the end of this class.


FLYING FISH           Advanced Swimmer

Instructor to student ratio is 1:10
All competitive strokes and non competitive strokes are perfected and endurance is worked on. Surface dives are taught with proper flip turns. Students will be able to complete 6 lengths of the pool without stopping by the end of this class.


SHARK           Advanced Swimmer

Instructor to student ratio is 1:12
This level is ideal for the swimmer who wants to swim recreationally or potentially move towards joining a swim team. Proper starts and turns, all 4 competitive strokes, sidestroke, elementary backstroke are all reviewed. Individual medleys, reaching assists and survival skills are introduced; students will be able to complete 8 lengths of the pool without stopping by the end of this class.


STAR FISH           Special Needs

Instructor to student and parent pairs ratio is 1:5
The Star Fish class is designed for children of all ages with moderate to severe neurological, physical or social challenges. The program is overseen by instructors who will be in the water offering assistance in learning how to swim and teaching exercises to do with the child in the water. An adult must accompany the child in the water, classes run once a week for 7 weeks. This is a 30 minute class.

 

 

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