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YOUTH SWIM LESSONS
Swim lessons teach children valuable life skills, including personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, rescue, and water sports and games. Our swim lessons focus on positive values in a fun and caring atmosphere.
If you're interested in signing your child up for swim lessons, please contact the membership desk at the Briggs or Downtown YMCA.
The 2017 Aquatics Program Guide can be found by clicking the tab below.
PARENT/TOT LESSONS 6 MO - 2 YEARS
Parent/Tot swim lessons are grouped by child age.
Shrimp (6 Months - 1.5 Years)
This class is a way to introduce your infant or toddler to the water for the first time! The Shrimp class focuses on having fun in the water, basic safety skills, and parent-tot teamwork through songs and games.
Perch (1.5 – 3 Years)
This class is for parent/child teams that have some experience in the water and are seeking more challenges in water adjustment. Children should be comfortable submerging and floating, with some help from the parent or instructor.
PRESCHOOL LESSONS 3.5 - 6 YEARS
Preschool swim lessons are grouped by ability, and teach basic skills progressing through four levels: Pike, Super Pike, Eel, and Ray.
Pike (Entry Level)
Where it all begins! This level focuses on becoming comfortable putting your face in the water, blowing bubbles, floating, kicking, and building confidence in the water.
Super Pike (Prerequisite: Pike)
To be a Super Pike, the student should be able to submerge their face in the water, blow bubbles, and follow class instruction. This level develops independent floating, kicking, and constant forward motion.
Eel (Prerequisite: Super Pike)
In the Eel level, the child will refine their front crawl and backstroke swimming without assistance. The student will be able to
Ray (Prerequisite: Eel)
In the Ray class, students will demonstrate basic breath control and be able to swim front and back crawl strokes proficiently for one length of the pool. Breaststroke kick will be introduced.
SCHOOL AGE SWIM LESSONS 6 - 14 YEARS
Polliwog (Entry Level)
Where it all begins! This level focuses on becoming comfortable with putting your face in the water, blowing bubbles, floating, streamline kicking, and building confidence in the water.
Super Polliwog (Prerequisite: Polliwog)
To be a Super Polliwog, the student should be able to perform rhythmic
Guppy (Prerequisite: Ray or Super Polliwog)
To be a Guppy, the student should be able to rollover and streamline kick without assistance. They will refine their front crawl and backstrokes and will also be able to swim one length of the pool and tread water for one minute.
Minnow (Prerequisite: Guppy)
Students will continue to refine front crawl and backstroke with the endurance to swim two lengths of the pool. They will be able to swim the breaststroke proficiently for one length of the pool. Diving and underwater swimming technique is developed.
Fish (Prerequisite: Minnow)
The Fish class continues to build one's endurance to swim up to two lengths of breaststroke and four lengths of front crawl and backstroke. Students will be challenged to complete one full pool length of the butterfly stroke. Flip turns will be introduced.
Flying Fish (Prerequisite: Fish)
To be a Flying Fish, the student must be proficient in all four competitive strokes. They should be able to swim four lengths of the pool using the front crawl and backstroke. Students will master all flip turns, open turns, and racing starts.
Porpoise Club (Prerequisite: Flying Fish)
The Porpoise Club class is designed for competitive and advanced swimmers that will continue to master all four competitive strokes, turns, and racing starts. This class is not affiliated with the ORCA Swim Team.
* This class is only available at the Briggs Community Y.