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Swimming

The YMCA has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. But our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction. We also provide recreational, competitive and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, water safety and rescue, and water sports. Programs and classes vary by location.

Like all Y programs, swim, sports and play is open to all with financial assistance available.


Swim Lessons

YMCA Swim Lessons provide developmental experiences that help participants build internal strength and positive values that guide their choices and decisions, all while having fun in the water! Both youth and adults gain a tremendous sense of self-worth when they learn to swim and improve aquatic skills. Water is a relaxing environment for effective exercise, physical therapy, skill development, stress release, and family fun. Northwest YMCA follows national aquatic program guidelines and relies on certified instructors. For details, please call us at 408-257-7160, email us, or visit our branch.

YMCA swim lessons include five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, games and fun, and water rescue. We teach in a progressive way using positive reinforcement and incorporating our four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. At the end of each session, swimmers receive a progress report that indicates the skills they have learned and the appropriate level for the following session.

We offer classes for:

  • Preschooler: 3 - 5 years
  • Youth: 6 - 12 years
  • Adults: 13 and up

Visit the latest Swim Lessons Program Guide PDF.
Visit our upcoming Swim Lesson Sessions schedule.

->Preschool Levels

(Ages 3-5 years) All classes are 30 minutes long

LEVEL 1: WATER ACCLIMATION
Learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Build water confidence for future swimming skills. Ratio 1:4
Prerequisite: Beginner

LEVEL 2: WATER MOVEMENT
Teaches control, ability to change directions, and forward movement. Learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Ratio 1:4
Prerequisite: Able to float and comfortable putting face in water.

LEVEL 3: WATER STAMINA
Swim to safety from a longer distance. Introduces rhythmic breathing and proper arm and leg action. Prerequisite: Able to swim free and backstroke over short distances. Ratio 1:4

 

->Youth Levels

(Ages 6-12 years) All classes are 40 minutes long

LEVEL 1 & 2: WATER ACCLIMATION AND MOVEMENT
Learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Focus on water adjustment and developing independent basic arm and kicking movements, and front and back floats. Ratio 1:5. Prerequisite: Beginner

LEVEL 3: WATER STAMINA
Swim to safety from a longer distance. Introduces rhythmic breathing and proper arm and leg action. Ratio 1:5. Prerequisite: Able to swim free and backstroke over short distances.

LEVEL 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION
Develops front crawl and back crawl techniques. Learn breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Reinforce water safety. Ratio 1:6. Prerequisite: Able to swim 10 yards and to the bottom of the pool independently.

LEVEL 5: STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Learn all major competitive strokes. Introduction to treading water and sidestroke. Ratio 1:6. Prerequisite: Able to swim 15 yards in four strokes: free style, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly kick.

->Adult Group Lessons

(Ages 13+)

LEVEL 1 & 2: WATER ACCLIMATION AND MOVEMENT
Focuses on water adjustment and developing independent basic arm and kicking movements, and front and back floats. 1:4 Ratio. Prerequisite: Beginner

LEVEL 3 & 4: WATER STAMINA AND STROKE INTRODUCTION
Develops front crawl and back crawl techniques. Learn breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Reinforce water safety. 1:6 Ratio. Prerequisite: Able to swim free and backstroke over short distances.

->Private Lessons for Youth and Adults

Private swim lessons provide individual instruction, enhance personal abilities, and improve stroke technique, endurance and strength. Lessons are taught according to your ability and skill level.

 

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Swim Team

(Ages 6-17 years) This program emphasizes stroke technique, endurance, stroke development and fun. Participation in local YMCA swim meets is optional. Class is one hour in length.

 

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Swim Club

(Ages 5-13 years) This program introduces youth to the sport of competitive swimming. The Club focuses on personal best and team sportsmanship rather than competition. Practices focus on
endurance, fitness and stroke development.

 

 

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