Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills kids can learn. It not only saves lives, it builds confidence. Swimming can also be a lifelong source of fun and exercise.
Our swim lessons are structured to promote incremental and consistent improvement. Each level has been developed for the specific needs of that age group. Class sizes are small to allow the maximum amount of student to swim instructor time—ensuring everyone learns skills appropriate for their abilities in a safe environment.
- Parent/Child Swim (6-24 months)
Parent/child classes help your child acclimate to water. Play-based instruction varies based on comfort level and age.
NOTES: Children must be six months old by the first class. Children must wear swimsuits with swim diapers and tightfitting plastic pants. One adult may accompany the child.
- Parent/Child Swim (ages 25-35 months)
This transitional class is for young children who still need to be accompanied by a parent in the water. Building upon the skills from the previous class, this program will prepare your swimmer for traditional group swim lessons.
- Preschool & Youth Aquatics (3-12 years)
Our program for ages 3-12 has been designed specifically for the needs of each skill level, to create a more focused and effective class experience. Swimmers transition to the next level after mastering the outlined skills.
Classes are held once a week. To register, select a time that works for the age of your child. Swimmers will be evaluated on the first day of class and then placed into the appropriate level based on demonstrated ability and skills.
Children ages 3-6 with limited or no swimming experience will be assigned to Level 1 or Level 2 classes to get acclimated to the water and to learn beginning skills. Classes are 30 minutes and are taught in the small pool.
LEVEL 1 SKILLS: gaining comfort in water, going underwater, controlling breathing, practicing safety, floating and kicking
LEVEL 2 SKILLS: mastering unassisted floating, front and back paddling
Levels 3-6 are for swimmers who have mastered floating and paddling, and are prepared to begin or build on stroke
development. These classes will help prepare your child to transition to the B.R. Ryall YMCA Swim Team, if desired.
Classes are 30 minutes and are taught in the large pool.
LEVEL 3 SKILLS: breast stroke arms, streamline kicks, backstroke, butterfly kicks, introduction to freestyle
LEVEL 4 SKILLS: perfecting strokes with a focus on breast stroke, butterfly and side breathing
LEVEL 5 SKILLS: flip turns, perfecting strokes
LEVEL 6 SKILLS: mastering flip turns, starts and finishes, perfecting strokes at swim team distances
- Private Swim Lessons
Are you or your child in need of some one-on-one private lessons? Whether you fear the water, are looking to perfect your strokes or anything in between, a 30 minute one-on-one lesson will focus on individual needs. Call the Y and we can set you up with a teacher. Lessons are by appointment.