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The Y has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. Swimming builds self-confidence and develops the whole person – spirit, mind, and body.

We offer group and private instructional swim lessons for infants-adults, a competitive swim team, lifeguard certification classes, and both deep and shallow water fitness classes.  The family recreational swim is offered seven days a week and lap lanes are available daily for adult lap swimming.

 

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Parent-Child Swim Lessons - 6 months – 3 years with Adult

Parents accompany their children in the water, which allows infants and toddlers to gently discover the aquatic environment and encourages them to enjoy the water while learning. Children will explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Children must wear swim diapers (with snug-fitting elastic around the legs) under a swimsuit

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Preschool Swim Lessons- 3 – 6 years

Our preschool swim lessons introduce water propulsion, floating, body awareness, and independence, all while focusing on water safety. We introduce the basic swim strokes, including front crawl and back crawl. Swimmers will learn swim skills designed for preschoolers based on their body development. Preschool levels are Pike, Eel, Ray, and Starfish.

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Preschool Block: Pike (Level 1)

This level is for the beginner. Emphasis remains on fun; beginner stroke techniques, individual swimming skills, and underwater exploration are also taught. Previous lesson experience is not required, providing that the child experiences no fear in the water or doesn't require the aid of a parent.

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Preschool Block: Eel (Level 2)

Designed to provide students success with fundamental skills, independent swimming, and beginner stroke techniques. Entrance requires successful completion of Pike. Children are taught to perform glides, float, and basic boating safety, and use of PFD's.

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Preschool Block: Ray (Level 3)

This is an advanced preschool class offering refinement of the front and back crawl, advanced body control skills, and endurance work through swimming and treading water. Entrance requires successful completion of EEL.

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Preschool Block: Starfish (Level 4)

This is the advanced level for children who are comfortable in the water and can swim 25 yards with an IFD and 20 feet without. Emphasis is placed on endurance, front and back crawl, modified breaststroke and butterfly, and personal, safety, and rescue skills.

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Youth Swim Lessons - 6 Years - 14 Years

Youth swim levels will introduce water propulsion, floating, body awareness, and independence, all while introducing the basic swim strokes of front crawl and back crawl. Advanced levels will learn the competitive stokes and work on building swim endurance. Youth levels are: Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish, and Shark.
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Polliwog - Beginner (Level 1-2)

In Level 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to swim to safety in an emergency. This level lays the foundation for future progress in swimming. In Level 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement, with continuing practice in safely exiting the water in an emergency.

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Guppy - Beginner ( Level 3-4)

In Level 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous levels. This level also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in Level 4 develop stroke technique in the front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and the elementary backstroke.

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Minnow - Intermediate (Level 5)

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

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Fish - Intermediate (Level 6)

In Level 6, students refine their technique in all the major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

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Flying Fish - Advanced (Level 7)

At this advanced level, students should be able to swim 200 yards continuously. Children will refine all strokes while increasing their endurance. Students should be able to swim 100 yards of all strokes in good form, except butterfly, which is a minimum of a 25-yard swim with fins and 15 ft. without.

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Shark - Advanced (Level 8)

This advanced level is for those who have mastered the competitive strokes. Swimmers will continue to refine all strokes and increase endurance and speed. Children will be introduced to inverted breaststroke, and life-saving skills. They will also perform the 200 yard individual medley.

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Adult & Teen Swim Lessons

Adults and teen lessons are taught in a smaller group setting, concentrating on the needs of individual swimmers as their skills progress. Beginner and Intermediate levels will emphasize water propulsion, floating, body awareness, and independence, all while introducing the basic swim strokes of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke. Stroke Refinement students will continue to improve strokes while also building swim endurance.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What level do I register my child for?

All swimmers will be tested on the first day of class and placed in the appropriate level. If your swimmer tests into a different level not offered during that class, they will need to move to the correct class. 

Does the Y allow make-up Lessons?

Due to the popularity of the program our classes fill to capacity. This makes make-up classes not possible. We find that moving a child to another class even one time affects the dynamics of the class. Our instructors teach to the individual and will work to ensure that missing one or two classes will not affect the child’s progress. 

Can my child sign up for 2 swim lessons?

Participants can register for only one swim lesson per day. Participants cannot register for consecutive swim lessons on the same day. Data has shown that back to back lessons are not efficient for learning as the lesson starts over with a different instructor for the second 30-minute swim class

My child has some special needs/circumstances. Do you have instructors that are trained in special needs?

Swimmers with special needs are always welcome. We have a well developed swim program and staff that are highly versed in special needs. If your child does have needs, please let the instructor know so we can offer the best lesson possible. 

Where do parents sit?

The best vantage point is the viewing area upstairs or the chairs on the pool deck. This allows the swimmers to remain focused on their lesson and instructor. The instructor will help the children during class and if a parent is needed the instructor will call them over.