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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

YMCAs have been teaching people to swim for more than a century. Our swim instructors are trained and certified and teach lessons at all levels for children, youth and adults. Learn to be safe in the water and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with learning a new skill. Progress at your own pace. We’ll introduce you and your family to the fun of swimming and help you develop lifelong skills.

The Southwest YMCA offers a variety of classes for all ages. Preregistration is required for all Swim Lesson classes. For more information please contact the Aquatics Director, at 408-608-6838.

View our current Swim Lessons Brochure.

->What Level is My Child?

Each level is based on age and/or skill.
Classes are 30 minutes.

->PARENT/CHILD
(Ages 6 Months - 3 Years)

LEVEL A : WATER DISCOVERY
Ratio 1:6 Introduces infants and toddlers to aquatic environment. Children and parents learn basic water skills and have fun playing with toys and flotation devices. Prerequisite: Ages 6 months - 16 months

LEVEL B: WATER EXPLORATION
Ratio 1:6 Focuses on safety. Parents work with their children on body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and aquatic skills. Prerequisite: Ages 16 months - 36 months.

->PRESCHOOL LEVELS
(Ages 3–5 Years)

LEVEL 1: WATER ACCLIMATION
Ratio 1:4 Learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Comfort in movement in water, allowing future progress in swimming. Prerequisite: Beginner

LEVEL 2: WATER MOVEMENT
Ratio 1:4 Teaches control, ability to change directions, and forward movement. Additional practice to safely exit in case of falling into a body of water. Prerequisite: Able to float and comfortably put face in water.

LEVEL 3: WATER STAMINA
Ratio 1:4 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.

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

 

 

 

->SCHOOL AGE LEVELS
(Ages 6-12 Years)

LEVEL 1 & 2:
WATER ACCLIMATION AND MOVEMENT

Ratio 1:5 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. Prerequisite: Beginner

LEVEL 3: WATER STAMINA
Ratio 1:5 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.

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

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

LEVEL 6: STROKE MECHANICS
1:6 Ratio Develops stroke techniques on all major competitive styles. Learn about competitive swimming. Discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Prerequisite: Able to swim 25 yards in freestyle with sidebreathing, backstroke, breaststroke kick, side stroke and 15 yards butterfly.

->ADULT CLASSES
(Ages 13 and up)

LEVEL 1 & 2:
WATER ACCLIMATION AND MOVEMENT

1:4 Ratio Focuses on water adjustment and developing independent basic arm and kicking movements, and front and back floats. Prerequisite: Beginner

LEVEL 3 & 4:
WATER STAMINA AND STROKE INTRODUCTION

1:6 Ratio Develops front crawl and back crawl techniques. Learn breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Reinforce safety Prerequisite: Able (or better) to swim free and backstroke over short distances

LEVEL 5 & 6:
STROKE DEVELOPMENT AND MECHANICS

1:6 Ratio Develops stroke techniques on all major competitive styles. Learn about competitive swimming. Discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Prerequisite: Able (or better) to swim 15 yards in four strokes: free style, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly kick.

Gator Swim Team (Ages 6 - 17)

Pre-registration Required

Would you like to take your passion for swimming to the next level? Join Southwest YMCA’s  Gator Swim Team. The Gator Swim Team is open to all youth ages 6–17 who meet the minimum requirements; tryouts are required. We encourage current Swim Lesson participants to join the Gator Swim Team after completing at least one session of the Advanced Youth level.

Minimum Requirements
Must be able to swim at least 50 yards of freestyle (with side breathing), backstroke, and breaststroke, and at least 25 yards of the butterfly stroke

Tryout Process
Come to either the Tuesday or Thursday Gator Swim Team practice at 5:45 pm and talk to one of the Gator Swim Team coaches. They will assist you with the tryout.

AQUATICS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Aqua Aerobics – Light

In this low-impact workout, the pool provides gentle resistance that helps you improve your cardiovascular endurance and build muscle strength. Appropriate for beginners, older adults and members who are pregnant.

Advanced Aqua Aerobics – Moderate / Challenging

In this low-impact, high-intensity workout, the water provides resistance that helps you improve your cardiovascular endurance and build muscle strength. Appropriate for anyone who wants a more energetic workout.

Aqua Exercise for Arthritis – Light

This low-impact, warm water class is specifically designed for individuals suffering from arthritis to build strength, ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles. Appropriate for beginners and older adults.

Aqua Pilates – Moderate/Challenging

This low-impact, shallow water fitness class uses the natural resistance of water through cardio interval training to increase range of motion, strengthen core, and help improve posture and balance. Appropriate for beginners and older adults.

Aqua Yoga – Light

This low-impact class teaches yoga poses and breathing techniques that have been adapted for water and will help you improve mobility and fitness with minimal joint pain or fatigue. Appropriate for beginners and older adults.

Lap Swim – All Levels

Lap swim provides an opportunity for swimmers to work at their own pace. Minimum age for lap swim is 11 (unless swimmer is able to swim one lap without stopping). During lap swim, water walkers may share slow lane.

Recreational Swim/Family Swim – All Levels

Recreational swim provides an opportunity for all members to enjoy the water. Part or all of the pool is open for members to have fun in the water. Children under the age of 8 and all swimmers with an orange band must be accompanied by an adult.

For current Aquatics program information, view our Aquatics brochure.

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