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Swim Lesson Information

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 Stoney Creek YMCA swim lesson registrants can access all current and past progress cards (Spring 2013 onward) through the Swimgen 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*We assume that once 3 consecutive lessons have been missed the swimmer has been withdrawn from the program unless notified by a parent

 
We are now providing Lifesaving Society programing and have recently switched from the Red Cross. Please ensure you are registering your child for the proper level. If you are unsure what to register for, please drop into our facility to have your child assessed by one of our experienced instructors.

PRESCHOOL (4 months – 6 years) 
 
Parent & Tot 1: (4 to 12 months)
This level is all about helping your child feel and explore the water – tickling, floating, splashing, reaching, paddling. You’ll learn how to help your child play in and play with the water with comfort and confidence. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 12 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Starfish Level.
Parent & Tot 2: (12 to 24 months)
This level teaches children to get their face wet and blow bubbles (the first step in breath control). With your guidance, your child recovers objects below the surface, performs front and back floats and learns how to travel at the surface by kicking. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 12 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Duck Level.
Parent & Tot 3: (24 to 36 months)
They’ll have fun jumping into the water and getting out without assistance. They learn to hold their breath and open their eyes underwater to recover an object from the bottom. Mastering front and back floats in “starfish” and “pencil” positions and kicking on front and back provide the building blocks for swimming stroke development in the Preschool program. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 12 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Sea Turtle Level.
Preschool 1: (3 to 6 years) 
Parents will transfer the preschoolers to the care of the Instructor. These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We’ll help them jump into chest deep water. They’ll try floats on their front and back, and glides on their back while wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). They’ll learn to get their face wet and blow bubbles underwater. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Sea Otter Level.
Preschool 2: (3 to 6 years)
These preschoolers learn to jump into chest deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a personal flotation device. They’ll submerge and exhale underwater. While wearing a personal flotation device they’ll glide on their front and back. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Salamander Level.

Preschool 3: (3 to 6 years) 
These youngsters will try both jumping and a side roll into deep water while wearing a personal flotation device. They’ll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They’ll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Sunfish Level.

Preschool 4: (3 to 6 years)  
Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They’ll do side roll entries and open their eyes underwater. They’ll master a short (3–5 m) swim on their front and gliding and kicking on their side. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Crocodile Level.
Preschool 5: (3 to 6 years) 
These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a PFD and holding their breath underwater for up to 10 seconds. They’ll work on longer front and back crawl swims, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Whale Level.
SWIMMER (5 years +) 
 
Swimmer 1  
These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a personal flotation device. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim kids Level one.
Swimmer 2
These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a personal flotation device. They’ll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10–15 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 9–12 m). 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Level two and three.
Swimmer 3 
These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults. Their new bag of tricks includes handstands and completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They’ll work on 10–15 m of front crawl, back crawl and whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 25 m. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 6 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids Level four.
Swimmer 4 
These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. They’ll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training. 30 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 8 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids Level five.
Swimmer 5 
These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. Surface dives will take them down to underwater swims. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 15– 25 m. Then they’ll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 10–15 m breaststroke. 45 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 10 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids Level six.
Swimmer 6 
These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They’ll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They’ll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they’ll be challenged to 300 m workouts. 45 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 10 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids Level seven.
Swimmer 7 
Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving Sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS and treatment for bleeding. Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims. 45 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 10 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids Level eight.
Swimmer 8 
Swimmers develop better strokes over 75 m swims of each stroke. They tackle Lifesaving Sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation. 45 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 10 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim kids Level nine.
Swimmer 9 
Swimmers are challenged with 600 m workouts, 300 m timed swims and a 25 m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100 m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone, joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water. 45 minute classes; 1 Instructor for 10 Students.
This course is equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids Level ten.

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