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Not sure which level you should start at? Check out our swim lesson conversion chart!

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 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. Click here for request form .

Junior Lifeguard Club
Junior Lifeguard Club is a fun, fast paced opportunity for swimmers to stay active in the water while learning rescue skills from experienced lifeguard role models. As part of the program participants will be tested for and receive their bronze star, bronze medallion and bronze cross - at no extra cost. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 25m of the pool continuously.

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