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Centre Branch Swim Lessons

The aquatic programs at our facility are about more than just techniques and skills; they are about building friendships, developing self esteem and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime.

Swim Lesson Registration
- Any Swimmer with a serious medical condition should inform staff upon Registration.

- Lessons are for members and non-members.

- Members may only be registered for one lesson per session.

- Photos can only be taken if permission is obtained from the parent/guardian of each child in the picture. Photographic equipment of any kind is not permitted in any of our change rooms.

- In the event of a fouling, the health unit requires pool closure.
- Lessons cannot be made up.

Online Progress Cards
All Centre Branch YMCA swim lesson registrants can access all current and past progress cards (Spring 2013 onward) through the Swim gen website. Input your 5 or 6 digit barcode (the numbers under the barcode on your membership card) to view your lesson progress.

*We assume that once 3 consecutive lessons have been missed the swimmer has been withdrawn from the program unless notified by a parent

Splashers (3 months - 18 months)
Designed for parents/caregivers and child to become comfortable in the water together. Learn basic swim and safety skills in a fun and safe environment. Instruction includes comfort in the water, splashes with arms and legs, pool area orientation,
songs and free time for questions and play.

Bubblers (18 months - 3 years)
Building on what was learned in Splashers, children and their parents/caregivers learn how to hold wall and kick feet, front/back float assisted, and safe swimming. Songs, games, and free time are also included.

YMCA L’il Dippers Program (Ages 3 - 5 years)

This beginner level focuses on safety, entering and exiting the pool, progression for submersion and short swims, assisted floats and propulsion.


At this level, children learn deep water awareness, pool rules, how to wear a personal floatation device (PFD), assisted jumps into the water, unassisted bobs, blowing bubbles, and retrieving objects.


This intermediate level introduces deep water activities and front and back swims to a distance of 5m.

In this intermediate level, children continue to develop deep water skills, work on arm action and increase front and back swim distances to 10m.

This advanced level explores diving, surface support, creative pool entries and extends swim distances to 15m - 25 m.

In this advanced level, children further refine front and back crawl to distances of  25 - 50m,  deep water activities and skills are explored.

YMCA Learn to Swim Program (Ages 6-12 years)


This beginner level focuses on safety, entering and exiting the pool, progression for submersion and short  distance swim of 5m, assisted floats and propulsion.

This beginner level introduces deep water jumping, breath control and surface support.  Participants continue to develop floats, glides and distance swim of 10m.


Building on what was learned in Seal, the child spends more time in deep water.  Endurance in increased to distances of 15m for front and back swim .  Front crawl is introduced.

In this level, participants progress to treading water for 60 seconds, front crawl for 25m distance, and are introduced to resuscitation.

YMCA Star Program (Ages 6-12 years)

Star 1
Continuing on from Swimmer level the participant will work on developing their front crawl to the intermediate standard and back crawl to initial standard.  Endurance will be developed as the participant works toward completing a 75m swim.

Star 2
Participants continue to develop front and back crawl as well as elementary backstroke.  Front crawl and back crawl starts are learned in this level as is headfirst sculling.  Breaststroke is introduced.

Star 3
Participants continue to develop front and back crawl as well as elementary backstroke.  Front crawl and back crawl starts are learned in this level as is headfirst sculling.  Breaststroke is introduced. Building endurance and perfecting strokes. Participants are required to complete a 300 m endurance swim.  Front crawl and back crawl are at advanced standard while elementary backstroke is at intermediate standard and breaststroke is at initial standard.  Foot first sculling and back crawl turn are learned.

Star 4
Participants learn about drowning prevention, develop higher level rescue skills and build further endurance.

Star 5
While working on increasing endurance, participants are introduced to sidestroke.  Other strokes are being developed as well.  The breaststroke start and turn as well as the front crawl turn are introduced at this time. Surface dives and synchro skills are at the heart of this level.  Endurance is now a 500 m swim.

Star 6
Advanced synchro skills and some water polo skills are learned at this level.  As well some unique swim strokes are introduced like waltz crawl, inverted breaststroke and double over arm backstroke.  Participants continue to develop their endurance with a 600 m swim.

Star 7
This level  is intended to review and improve stroke techniques, improve endurance to 700 metres and prepare the participant for a leadership or lifeguard role.

Private Swim Lessons

Is your child stuck on a certain stroke or need help getting comfortable in the large pool? Are you looking to enhance your strokes or confidence in the pool? Then private lessons are the way to go! This is a great way to improve self esteem and confidence for any age in the water.

Inclusive Swim Program: Swim-able*
This unique and carefully designed inclusive swim program is geared towards children and youth with behavioral or learning barriers. This small-group aquatic program will accommodate different learning styles while providing a fun and safe learning environment in the water. All participants will have the opportunity to play group games, learn about water safety and complete YMCA Swim levels at their own pace. AGES: 6-13 years. Group Size: Approximately. 4 members per class
* registration required ** registration and fee required

* registration required 
** registration and fee required

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