Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

Children progress at their own speed and it is common for a swimmer to remain at the same level for a complete year of classes, even with perfect attendance. We stress each child’s self esteem and confidence, improving skills, technique, and gaining strength. Each week we will incorporate character values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The YMCA’s progressive swim program begins with helping children learn to swim through developmentally appropriate activities in a safe, supportive environment.  YMCA swim instructors are trained to teach children the fundamentals of swimming so that they will enjoy learning and take pride in developing their skills. Swimmers also learn about pool safety, boating safety and the use of personal flotation devices.

Polliwog: For beginning swimmers who have had little or no formal training. Skills taught include water adjustment, front and back float, and front and back side paddle.

Guppy: For children who have mastered Polliwog skills. The class will build on Polliwog skills and focus on comfort in deep water.

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, breast stroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.

Fish: For children who have mastered Minnow skills or who can swim 25 yards of all strokes taught in Minnow classes. Dolphin kick and underwater swimming will also be taught.

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.

Shark: For children who have mastered 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.


  • Free placement swim tests are given Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. No appointment needed- just find a Deck Manager.
  • The Aquatics Department reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment.
  • Parents must escort their child to and from classes. You may sit on the deck for the first class, but for following classes please wait for your child in the viewing areas in the lobby or fitness floor. No parents should be on the swim deck so that your child can fully bond with his/her instructor.
  • Goggles! When it comes to eye wear in classes we recommend that your child be comfortable with the goggles he/she has. During the class if your child is spending a lot of time fixing and adjusting the goggles you should wait to use them in the next class. The best way to make sure the goggles fit well is to use them at an open swim, in the shower, or in a bath and make adjustments as you see fit. The time in the classes is valuable and we would like to make sure we can give all the time we can to your child.
  • The week before registration your child will receive a registration reminder. It will have your child’s name, instructor’s name, and what class you should be signing up for next session.
  • The last week of lessons instructors will give your children a progress report. It will give you, in detail, information on what your child has accomplished in their session.