Youth Swim Lessons
YOUTH SWIM LESSONS
The Y was the first to offer group swim lessons (Detroit, 1909). We provide instruction for infants to adults so that everyone can learn this essential life-saving skill. With two indoor pools, private, semi-private and group lessons as well as a competitive team, we have a place for everyone in the pool. We offer lessons for infants as young as 6 months to adults of any age, as well as Life Guard/CPR/First Aid training for ages 16 and up. For questions regarding any Y swim program, please contact Christina Wackenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.661.8050.
Infant and Parent/Tot and Swim Lessons
These classes are designed for both the parent and the child. Parents accompany their children into the water and work with them to learn basic swimming skills as well as water safety. The class is song- and game-oriented to keep it lively and fun! One or two adults must accompany each child. Three levels are offered based on the age of the child:
Shrimp/Kipper (6-15 months)These classes are designed for both the parent and the child.Parents accompany their children into the water and work with them to learn basic swimming skills as well as water safety. The classes do incorporate songs and games to keep it lively and fun! Up to 3 adults must accompany each child. Class will be held in the Family Pool.
Inia (16-23 months) These classes are designed for both the parent and the child.Parents accompany their children into the water and workwith them to learn basic swimming skills as well as water safety.The classes do incorporate songs and games to keep itlively and fun! One or two adults must accompany eachchild. Class will be held in the Family Pool
Perch (ages 2-3 years)These classes are designed for both the parent and the child.Parents accompany their children into the water and work with them to learn basic swimming skills as well as water safety.The classes do incorporate songs and games to keep itlively and fun! One or two adults must accompany eachchild. While the three levels are based on age, the Perch class will be taught as though it were a Pike class with parents in the water. Class will be held in the Family Pool.
Preschool Swim Lessons (ages 3-5)
Pike - ages 3 to 5 years.While adjusting to water, children learn safe pool behavior and develop independence. New swimmers learn basic paddle strokes, kicking skills, and putting their faces in the water, while blowing bubbles. Class will be held in the Family Pool.
Eel - ages 3 to 5 years. For children who have mastered the Pike skills. Students are taught to flutter kick, dive, float, and the progressive paddlestroke. Children can swim the length of the small pool paddling on their stomachs and back without assistance by the end of this level. Class will be held in the Family Pool.
Ray - ages 3 to 5 years. For children who have mastered Eels skills. Skills taught include rotary breathing, front crawl, dives and back crawl. Class will be held in the Family Pool.
Starfish - ages 3 to 5 years. For children who have mastered the Rays skills. Fine tuning of the front crawl with rhythmic breathing and focus on the breaststroke. Class will be held in the Lap Pool
School Age Swim Lessons (ages 6-16)
Polliwog- For Beginning swimmers who have had little or no formal training. Skills taught include water adjustment, front and back float, and front, back, and side paddle. Class will be held in the big pool.
Guppy- For children who have mastered the Polliwog skills. The class will build on the Polliwog skills and will focus on comfort in deep water as well. Class will be held in the big pool.
Minnow- For children who have mastered Guppy skills or those who can swim 25 yards on their front, back, and side. Skills taught include diving, front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke,and elementary backstroke. Class is held in the big pool
Fish- For children who have mastered Minnow skills or those that can swim 25 yards of all strokes taught in Minnow classes.Dolphin kick and butterfly will be taught. Class will be held in the big pool.
Flying Fish- For children who have mastered Fish skills or who can swim front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards. The goal of this level is to increase endurance and improve stroke mechanics. Class will be held in the big pool.
Shark-For children who have mastered the Flying Fish skills or who can swim 100 yards of the strokes listed in Flying Fish and 50 yards of butterfly. Skills taught include swimming the IM and improving flip turns. CLass will be held in the big pool.
Synchronized Swimming: Synchronized swimming improves swimmers strength, flexibility, and breath support; while learning routine?s and incorporating music! The synchronized swimming class will be for swimmers ages 7-18yrs old. The class will run on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm (using 3 lanes of the pool). Dry land practice is from 6:30-7:30 and pool time will be 7:30-8:30pm.
Private Swim Lessons/Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Private/ Semi-Private Swim Lessons are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Semi-private swim lessons are limited to two (2) participants. All lessons are 30 minutes long, and they begin and end with the session for which they were purchased. Private/Semi-Private Lessons are for individuals three years and older.
When registration begins for classes, it also begins for Private/Semi-Private Lessons. Interested patrons should complete and/or submit a request for Private Lessons form. Please be aware that it may take up to 14 business days to schedule a lesson, and that registration ends the second week into classes. Please click the following link to submit a Request for Private/Semi-Private Lesson
Lesson # Members Non Members
1 $35 $50
2 $70 $100
3 $105 $150
4 $140 $200
5 $175 $250
6 $210 $300
Semi-Private lessons (2 people in the same family)
Lesson # Members Non Members
1 $55 $70
2 $110 $140
3 $165 $210
4 $220 $280
5 $275 $350
6 $330 $420
Applications are not accepted over the phone. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Courtney Dornburg, Aquatics Coordinator at 734-661-8020 or at cdornburg[at]annarborymca.org.
YMCA Lifeguard Course (Ages 16 and up)
Here at the Y, we've been the nation's leader in all things swimming for over 100 years. And because of that, we offer a nationally recognized lifeguard training certification course that prepares lifeguards in almost every kind of water environment, including prevention of hazards in an aquatic area and potential lifesaving skills.
We offer a full YMCA of the USA Lifeguard training course that includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPR-PRO), First Aid, and oxygen administration certifications along with equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention, and decision making skills.
Participants must be 16 years old prior to registering for the course. Attendance, full participation, and successful completion of written tests and performance of all water skills are required.
What Certifications are included in the class?
YMCA of the USA Lifeguard Certification:2 year Certification
CPR PRO/ AED: 1 year certification
First Aid: 2 Year Certification
Emergency Oxygen Administration: 2 Year Certification
Skills needed to begin the course are listed below. This swim test will be given on the first day of class:
- Swim 100 yards front crawl
- Tread water 2 minutes,
- 250 endurance swim (50 yards front crawl head up, 50 yards sidestroke, 50 yards breaststroke, 50 yards breaststroke head up, 50 yards elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest)
- 25 yard sprint and surface dive to bottom to retrieve an object, tread water for 1 minute, return object to bottom, hoist yourself out of the pool without use of ladder
What to bring every day:
Bathing suit- one piece, family appropriate
Lifeguard book: This will be given to you the first day of class
Some food–lunch and maybe a snack
Pool Severe Weather Policy:The YMCA of the USA recommends that indoor pools be closed during a lightning storm. If lightning occurs in the area, the indoor or outdoor pool is cleared when either of the following occurs: (1) cloud-to-ground lightning is observed, and less than 30 seconds pass from seeing a flash and hearing thunder from that flash; (2) in-cloud lightning is occurring overhead. The pool can be considered safe to reoccupy 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard.
While bonding and grounding of a facility may add a level of protection, there is no way to completely reduce the risk of electrocution in an indoor pool during an electrical storm. The Ann Arbor YMCA follows a policy to evacuate the pool and other wet areas when lightning is present, threatening, or when the conditions are right. For further information on this policy, please see our website, www.annarborymca.org
Youth Development at the ANN ARBOR YMCA
Here at the Ann Arbor Y it is our goal to go about the work of Youth Development intentionally and in every aspect of our organization. It is the job of every staff member and volunteer to help young people grow. In order to do that, we have adopted the 40 developmental assets as our frame work. The Developmental Assets, developed by the Search Institute, are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Please click on the highlighted link to learn how the assets are used to help our staff and programs make the biggest possible impact on the youth we serve.