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Swim Lessons

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)

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

Floater

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.

Glider

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

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

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

Dipper
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)

Otter

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

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

Dolphin

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.

Swimmer
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 cr