There is a reason why the YMCA is referred to as America's Favorite Swim Instructor. In Y classes, not only are you taught in a caring way how to swim, but you also learn about yourself, about safety and rescue skills, and about water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. We are glad you chose the YMCA as your swim lesson provider. The Aquatics Department looks forward to serving you in the weeks ahead. Please take a few moments to look through the information listed below. It contains all you need to know about the swim lesson program. If you have any additional concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.

Session 1:
June 9 20, 2014
Monday - Friday
Session 2:
June 23 July 3, 2014
Monday - Friday
Session 3:
July7 - 18, 2014
Monday - Friday
Session 4:
July 21 Aug 1, 2014
Monday - Friday
Session 5:
Aug 4 15, 2014
Monday - Friday

Members: $57/session
Non-Members: $77/session
Members: May 1st
Non-Members: May 15th

Parent-Tot Class Description
Pre-School Class Objectives
School Age Class Objectives

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(6-36 months)
For the parent(s) and child to enjoy and explore water together. This program is age and skill specific. Basic water safety and movement skills are introduced to prepare the child for the next level of the YMCA Learn to Swim Program.
Class Times: 10:00 - 10:30am, 6:00-6:30 pm

(3-5 years)
This level helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle strokes and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort with holding the face in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming.
Class Times: 10:00-10:30am, 10:30-11:00am, 11:00-11:30am, 11:30am-12:00pm, 4:00-4:30 pm, 5:00-5:30 pm, 5:30-6:00 pm, 6:00-6:30 pm

(3-5 years)
This "advanced beginner" level reinforces Pike skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to kick, dive, float, and perform the progressive paddle stroke. They also learn basic boating safety.
Class Times: 10:00-10:30am, 11:00-11:30am, 4:00-4:30 pm, 5:00-5:30 pm, 5:30-6:00 pm

(3-5 years)
At this level children review previous skills, improve stroke skills, learn more personal, safety, and rescue skills, build endurance, and learn to tread water and perform more progressive diving skills. Children can swim across the pool on their front and back without assistance by the end of this level.
Class Times: 10:30-11:00am, 4:30-5:00 pm

Summer camp
swim lesson
This swim lesson group is designed for the children participating in the summer camp program. We will split the children into 3 different levels. The summer camp staff will be responsible for getting your child to the swim lesson and back to summer camp. If you sign your child up one of the other swim lessons and your child participates in the summer camp program you will be responsible for getting them from summer camp to their swim lesson.
Class Times: 8:00-8:30 am

(6-12 years)
This is the beginning level for school age children. It gets children acquainted with the pool, the use of flotation devices, and floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front paddle stroke, and side and back paddle.
Class Times: 8:30-9:00am, 10:30-11:00am, 11:00-11:30am, 4:00-4:30 pm, 5:00-5:30 pm

(6-12 years)
The children continue to practice and build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a flotation device. They are introduced to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breastroke, and elementary backstroke. Children can swim a length of the pool without assistance at the end of this level.
Class Times: 8:30-9:00am, 11:30am-12:00pm, 4:30-5:00pm, 5:30-6:00 pm, 6:30-7:00 pm

(6-12 years)
This is the "initial intermediate" level. The children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming.
Class Times: 8:30-9:00am 11:30am-12:00pm, 4:30-5:00pm, 6:30-7:00 pm

(6-12 years)
This class has replaced the Fish, Flying Fish & Shark class. Skills to be taught include breaststroke, butterfly, stroke perfection, endurance building, proper dives, and competitive swimming turns. Participants must be at a higher swimming level or have passed our Minnow class. This is an excellent transitional class for the young swimmer to take prior to joining a swim team!
Class Times: 6:00-6:45 pm

(13+ years)
It is never too late to learn to swim or to improve your strokes. Skills taught are water adjustment, front and back float, front and back crawl, personal safety and survival skills and any other skill you would like to learn. Our instructors are patient and understanding.
Class Times: 7:00-7:45 pm

First Day Expectations

Please make sure that all children come dressed and ready to get in the water at least 5 minutes before their class start time. Please find a comfortable place to sit and wait to be called for swim lessons. At the class start time, you and/or your child will be called to come to the pool for lessons. The supervisor will then call out names and direct participants to their respective classes. The instructors will evaluate the participants swimming ability. If the participant needs to move up or down a level the instructor will notify the supervisor and the supervisor will work with the parent to change to the appropriate class.

During Swim Lessons

While parents are encouraged to watch the swim lessons, we ask all parents to stay at least 15 ft. away from the pool. You may sit in prepositioned lounge chairs or under the overhang. Keeping a distance from the class area removes additional distractions to the participants, as well as the instructors. However, we do encourage parents to get to know their instructor. If you have any specific questions about your child's abilities, your instructor will be glad to talk with you. Please keep this brief though, as they have classes before and after yours. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN UNATTENDED AT THE POOL! We expect the parents to stay for the entire lesson. Please do not leave to run errands or go and work out. We will begin every lesson at the same time on the days that class is held. An instructor will call for lessons at the appropriate time. Please do not interrupt the lessons going on before your class starts by having participants go to the poolside early. We encourage YMCA members to wait until after class for free swim. Having free swim before class can drain their energy as well as attention span. Please remember that the YMCA is a member based facility and that nonmembers are restricted from using the facility other than the allotted program time.


The Swim lesson instructors and Lifeguards will do their best to talk with individuals about rules at the pool, but we do expect the parents to reinforce the pool rules while here. If you feel it is necessary to discipline your child during swim lessons please remove your child from the lesson first as to avoid as much distraction as possible.

Inclement Weather

The Lifeguards will close the pool under the following conditions:

The first time the participants are instructed to leave the pool for weather or the last day of class, whichever comes first, there will be a safety lecture. This is part of the curriculum of the class and is something we can do inside and out of the pool. The safety lecture will be different for every class and will include things like never going swimming alone, using lifejackets, or calling 911. The instructors will communicate with parents/ Front desk to inform them where the safety lecture will be held.

Cancelation/ Make-up classes

If the participants are instructed to leave the pool for weather a 2nd (or 3rd, 4th) time we will be forced to cancel class. We will not cancel class until 15 minutes prior to the class start time. This information will be communicated to the front desk as well as our YMCA twitter account ( You can also check our twitter feed on our website, If in doubt please come to the YMCA anyway. If there is a break in the weather we will get in the pool.

1st time Safety Lecture
2nd/3rd time Class canceled (no make-up)
4th/5th time Class canceled make-up scheduled for Saturday morning

Summer swim lessons have two extra lessons on Fridays to offset some lessons that may be missed due to weather. If your class has been canceled more than twice a make-up will be scheduled on Saturday morning. These times will be specified on the Friday before. The YMCA is not obligated to make-up any classes missed for personal reasons.