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Swim Basics

Designed for preschool and elementary school children, a foundation of water safety and drowning prevention is made by teaching water adjustment and skill readiness for children from 3 -12 years old.  For teens just learning to swim or wanting to build on existing skills, this phase tailors instruction to their specific needs.

Ages: Preschool 3-5 yrs | School Age 6-12 yrs | Teens 13+

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Ages: Preschool 3-5 yrs | School Age 6-12 yrs | Teens 13+

Students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications:

  • Able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles
  • Able to float on front & back with minimal assistance
  • Able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance

Ages: Preschool 3-5 yrs | School Age 6-12 yrs | Teens 13+

Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Qualifications:

  • Able to float on front & back unassisted
  • Able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted
  • Able to swim-float-swim 15 feet unassisted
  • Able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted

Ages: Preschool 3-5 yrs | School Age 6-12 yrs | Teens 13+

Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke, kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Qualifications:

  • Able to submerge & retrieve an object in chest deep water
  • Able to swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath
  • Able to swim-float-swim 15 yards
  • Able to jump in & tread water for 30 seconds
  • Able to swim to wall & exit

If you’re having difficulty choosing the appropriate stage, the Y’s Swim Lessons Selector can help, or give us a call at the branch and we’d be happy to assist you.

Build confidence with every stroke.