PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS

1. Pike

A beginner class for children who are comfortable participating in class without their parents on the pool deck. Children at this level have little or no swimming experience and will learn rhythmic bubble blowing, swimming forward, making turns, and lying on their back, all with a flotation device.

2. Eel

An advanced beginner class for children who can put their face in the water and swim five feet without a flotation device. Children at this level can also kick on their back with or without a flotation device.

3. Eel/Ray Combo

This is an intermediate level for the preschool swimmer who can swim on their front, back and side 10 yards with a floatation device and 5 feet without. Children are taught to float and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim across the pool 15 feet without assistance by the end of this level.

4. Ray

An intermediate class for children who can swim 20 feet with their face in the water and arms out without a flotation device. Children at this level can also swim one-half length of the pool on their back without a flotation device.

5. Ray/Starfish Combo

This is the advanced level for children who are capable of swimming 25 yards with a flotation device and 20 feet without. Emphasis is placed on endurance, front and backstroke, modified breaststroke and elementary backstroke. Children can swim 25 yards of the pool without flotation devices and perform rotary breathing efficiently.

6. Starfish

An advanced class for preschoolers who can swim one length of the pool on their front without a flotation device. Children at this level can also turn their head to the side to breath and swim one length of the pool on their back.

Pike/Eel Combo

This is a mixed skill class for beginner/intermediate children who are comfortable participating in class without their parents on the pool deck (special exceptions can be made). Children at this level will vary from little or no swimming  experience to swimming 5 feet w/o a flotation device.  Children will learn rhythmic bubble blowing, swimming forward, making turns, and lying on their back, all with a flotation device, more advance children will be able to swim up to 15 feet without assistance by the end of the class.

Pre-Pike

Children ages 3 to 5 years will enjoy the many water readiness activities provided by our YMCA aquatics instructors. This is one of the most important skills every child should master – feeling safe in the water. Children progress from water adjustment to basic skills while working with parents. Supplemental information is available to parents for infant and child CPR. One adult must be in the water with their child at all times.

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