Youth Swimming

Y SWIM LESSONS
The YMCA swim program is a program set-up by the YMCA of the USA.  We have goals set for each class and expectations of our instructors to meet these goals.  When you enroll your family into our program, you can rest assure they will be getting the best lessons possible.  We have the following 5 components included in each of our age and skill specific levels.

PERSONAL GROWTH
For parents, opportunities abound for networking and learning more about one's self as a parent. Personal growth for children includes improving social skills, setting and celebrating goals, and improving motivation to learn.

Swim lessons offer children and adults opportunities to build skills and confidence, as well as, strengthen bonds between families and students, while teaching aquatic survival skills and reinforcing positive values.

PERSONAL SAFETY
Personal safety skills learned in swim lessons provide students opportunities to increase self-awareness and confidence in their abilities and chances to learn key safety elements and awareness of safety precautions.

Participants learn safety and focus on elementary forms of rescue, as well as, how to be safe in and around water.  Other safety lessons include pool tours, public and backyard pool safety, use of personal floatation devices, skin and sun safety, and boating safety. Teaching parents aquatic safety skills will help families enjoy a variety of water sports and activities. In the Parent/Child aquatic program, the personal safety information is presented to the parents instead of the child.

STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Stroke development in swim lessons builds self-esteem and self-confidence as students learn new skills and strokes.  Perfecting a stroke and moving on to learn more advanced skills enhances their motivation to learn more.

Becoming a good swimmer takes times and practice.  An important part of learning a new stroke is understanding how and why they work.  Throughout the program, instructors take time to explain why a principle of physics applies to a new stroke or why a certain concept of exercise physiology works the way it does.  This enhances students' cognitive understanding of the skills and experiences involved.

Each day, students begin with a warm up comprised of continuous kicking or swimming and stretching exercises.  Students review and reinforce crucial skills learned, identifying opportunities for further group instructions and refinement of skills.  New skills are introduced, and classes are designed with the new skill to maximize the moment for the entire class while still allowing for individual feedback.

You may use flotation belts and other instructional floatation devices (IFDs) to help beginners learn stroke movements.  IFDs encourage swimmers to move hundreds of yards, promoting strength and endurance, and permit swimmers to try new skills or accept new challenges with confidence.

Although IFDs may accelerate learning, endurance, and adjustment to the water, they are not a substitute for an instructor's vigilant eye.  Providing competent supervision is always necessary when children and beginners are in or near the water.

WATER SPORTS AND GAMES
Water sports and games will enhance lessons and contribute to building and improving skills and behaviors such as caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. They also help students develop social and leadership skills and increase motivation.

Water sports and games are enjoyable activities all students can participate in that also improve specific skills.  Games are part of play, which is an important way children learn.  Games structure play to help children reach certain learning goals.  To be the most effective, games should be age- and developmentally appropriate activities, allowing children to try out new skills or refine those they've already learned. Sometimes they help the child understand the essence of skills.

Games also make practice fun.  They give children a reason to practice and motivation to do well. Games also offer children the chance to try variations on skills, teaching them to adapt to specific situations and reinforcing what they have learned.

Games provide good opportunities for instructors to teach children values and sportsmanship. Games often have "teachable moments' in which instructors can take advantage of real life situations to illustrate how values such as fair play, loyalty, or respect can be applied.  Instructors can also choose or design games specifically to teach or highlight certain values.

Finally games allow children to work together for a goal and to learn more about each other. Playing games helps them socialize.  To help parents understand why games are included in swim lessons, share this information with them.  Let them know that games are legitimate part of teaching students to swim.

RESCUE
Rescue training enhances students' safety knowledge and helps them build respect for the water, as well as, self-confidence as they learn new emergency assistance skills.

This instructional component not only teaches the crucial rescue skills for water emergencies, but also includes procedures for emergency situations on land.  Topics include the following:

  • Reaching and throwing assist
  • First aid
  • Rescue breathing

In swim lessons, instructors also stress the importance of calling for help and learning how to recognize a victim in danger.  Students learn how to get help, how to go to an adult for assistance, and learn how to telephone for help.  Students also learn about the dangers of hyperventilation and extended breath holding.

 

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ADAPTIVE AQUATICS
Swimming can be one of the best activities to increase range of movement, strengthen the body, provide relaxation or just have fun.  For children with disabilities, the benefits of water are enormous.  We have experienced and trained staff who are prepared to work with a wariety of special needs on a one-on-one level.  Lessons will be taught in a private setting--free from distractions.

Private Swim Lessons
Private swim lessons are available for all ages and swim levels.  Please stop by or call the front desk today to place your name on our interest list.  Once there is an opening, your instructor will call and set up your personalized lesson times.  We now have pool time-slots solely designated to private and semi-private lessons.  Please note- this is a premium service with limited instructor availability.  For more immediate instruction, consider our group lessons.

Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Do you have children that are of the same skill level and would like to have them participate in a lesson together?  Semi-private swim lessons are for you.  Have your name put on the interest list, and an instructor will call you as soon as an opening becomes available.  We now have pool time-slots solely designated to private and semi-private lessons.  Please note- this is a premium service with limited instructor availability.  For more immediate instruction, please consider our group lessons.

Parent/ Child Swim Lessons- For children ages 6 months - 3 years old

Waterbabies- no previous experience
A fun class for parents and children.  This familiarizes children with the water and promotes family enrichment.

Youth Swim Lessons-Preschool- For youth ages 3 - 5 years old

Pike- little to no experience
Children will learn general pool safety and how to swim the width of the pool.  A swim belt is used to help children feel comfortable in the water, all while gaining self-confidence.

Eel- some previous experience
Children must be confident in the water without a personal floatation device.  If the child is comfortable jumping in the pool without a floatation device, the child is ready for the Eel class.  Goals of this class include; swimming the width of the pool with little assistance, and stroke development.

Ray/ Starfish- swim width without assistance
Children must be able to swim the entire length of the pool without assistance prior to enrollment.  This class continues stroke development and introduces swimming length.

Youth Swim Lessons- School-aged- For youth ages 6 and up

Polliwog- little to no experience
This class teaches the basic skills of floating, kicking and reaching/ pulling while teaching pool safety and gaining self-confidence.

Guppy- swim length of the pool without assistance
Youth must be confident swimming a length of the pool before registering.  This class teaches rotary breathing, back crawl and refines the front crawl while learning safety precautions.

Minnow- swim multiple lengths without assistance
Youth must be confident swimming multiple lengths of the pool as this class teaches endurance, refines the front and back crawl and continues the emphasis of water safety skills.  The breast stroke is introduced.

Fish- swim all four competitive strokes
Youth will improve stroke development as well as dives for technique.  Swimmers will also work on swimming continuously for 100 yards and the importance of teamwork.

Flying Fish/ Shark- refining all four swim strokes
Youth will be refining the four competitive strokes (front/ free, back, breast and fly) and encouraging endurance while promoting personal growth.  This class also teaches flip turns and dives from block starts.

Y YOUTH AQUATIC PROGRAMS

Lifeguard Certification- 15+ years old
Ever want to learn the skills to save a life?  With our Lifeguard Certification courses, you can do just that.  Participants will learn lifeguarding skills, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first aid skills.
Prerequisites:

  • Must be at least age 15 for ARC Certification
  • Able to swim continuously 300-yds
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
  • Surface dive to 9ft and return to surface
  • Pick up 10# object off the bottom of the pool and swim 20 yards

 

 

For more information about any of the above programs, please refer to the program flyer.  There you will find meeting days/times as well as program cost.  You may also contact us at the Y for more information.

 

 

 

 


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