Aquatics


Learning to swim at the YMCA is an exciting and enjoyable process! Here are a few pointers for you to know when you or your child begins swim classes: Be patient and supportive. Swimming develops new motor skills, and the time needed to learn these skills varies from person to person. Generally, it takes 3 consecutive sessions to progress to a new level. Time is required to develop strength and endurance to perform these skills. Swimmers develop as these skills are reinforced. Our Aquatics program meets the need for a comprehensive program of water enrichment and skill development. Our enthusiastic staff, low ratios, and a progressive program will ensure your child’s experience is fun and rewarding.

Youth Swim Programs

Swim Lessons:

Our swim lessons are designed to enhance and develop swimming skills, learn a valuable life lesson, build confidence and teach about water safety. The Y’s goal is not only to develop strong swimming skills but for participants to learn the valuable safety and rescue skills that will enable them to enjoy water activities for the rest of their lives.

Swim Starters 6months – 3 years old

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

A / WATER DISCOVERY

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

B / WATER EXPLORATION

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Preschool Stages 3-5 years old

Stage 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming

Stage 2 / WATER MOVEMENT

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. 5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

Stage 3 / WATER STAMINA

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.     

Stage 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

      

School Age Stages 5-12years old

Stage 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming

Stage 2 / WATER MOVEMENT

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Stage 3 / WATER STAMINA

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Stage 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Stage 5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. 

Stage 6 / STROKE MECHANICS

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Teen & Adult Stages 12 + years old

Stage 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming

Stage 2 / WATER MOVEMENT

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Stage 3 / WATER STAMINA

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Stage 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. 


Red Cross Lifeguarding Class
This class is taught over an eleven week period. All classes are mandatory. Participants must be at least 15 years old on the first day of class.4

Prerequisite are

Participants must be able to swim 300 yards continuously, using each of the following strokes for at least 100 yards:
Freestyle (front crawl)
Breaststroke
100 yards choice between the 2

Starting in the water swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound weight, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 min and 40 seconds.


Adult Swim Programs

Water Exercise
A low impact, warm water workout for any fitness level. Designed to be comfortable, invigorating, and easy on your joints. This class improves strength, flexibility, and endurance to improve movement.

Aquacize
Stretch, tone, and strengthen muscles by using water resistance. This program consists of exercises that increase the range of motion in the shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, lower extremities, and abdominal areas.

Water Workout
A workout class that will use the water to make movement easier. The class will include a variety of exercises to build cardio, strength, and overall wellness.

Zumba Splash
This basic level Zumba class is taught in the small pool. Zumba dance is a fusion of Latin and international music, incorporating aerobics and interval training.

Swimming Lesson for the Terrified!
For adults who are truly terrified of the water. A must for parents who want to play in the water with their children, but can't because of their own limitations. Includes water orientation, basic front crawl skills with rhythmic breathing, and safety skills.

Beginning Swimmers
For adults who are unable to swim or only have a basic swimming ability. The class includes basic front crawl and rhythmic breathing skills backstroke skills, and safety skills.

Female Swimming
Adult lap swimming in a closed environment. Monday and Wednesday from 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM in our small pool.

 

MASTER’S SWIM PROGRAM

Join our community of local swimmers!  Whether you are a novice or an elite swimmer, the Y’s Masters Swim program can improve your swimming skills. It is the perfect place to rekindle your competitive spirit, try a new sport or simply stay fit while honing a new skill.  All of our practices will be conducted like a swim team practice and will have an attentive coach overseeing them; offering a fitness and technical component.  Come see how much more there is to get out of a workout when surrounded by a group who shares a passion for the water!

 



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