FIND YOUR LEVEL

Use the interactive form below to find the swim lesson appropriate for your swimmer's age and skill level.

Your Level is Stage A: Water Discovery

Stage A is a parent/child class where infants and toddlers are introduced to the aquatic environment.

 

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Your Level is Stage B: Water Exploration

Stage B is a parent/child class where students focus on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

 

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Your Swimmer Should Enroll in Safety Around Water Classes

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury—it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

 

No Safety Around Water classes are being offered currently. Please check with your local branch or check back on our website at another time.

 

Your Level is Stage 1: Water Acclimation

In stage 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

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Your Level is Stage 1: Water Acclimation

In stage 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

 

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Your Level is Stage 1: Water Acclimation

In stage 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

 

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There are currently no classes being offered at this level. Please check with your local branch or check back again soon.

 

Your Level is Stage 2: Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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Your Level is Stage 2: Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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Your Level is Stage 2: Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

 

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Your Level is Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

 

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Your Level is Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

 

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Your Level is Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

 

Water Stamina Badge

No classes are currently scheduled for this category. But don't worry. Contact your closest YMCA branch and we'll help you find the best option!

 

Your Level is Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and they learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

 

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Your Level is Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and they learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

 

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Your Level is Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and they learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

 

Stroke Introduction Badge

No classes are currently scheduled for this category. But don't worry. Contact your closest YMCA branch and we'll help you find the best option!

 

Your Level is Stage 5: Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

 

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Your Level is Stage 5: Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

 

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No classes are currently scheduled for this category. But don't worry. Contact your closest YMCA branch and we'll help you find the best option!

 

 

Your Level is Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

 

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Your Level is Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

 

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No classes are currently scheduled for this category. But don't worry. Contact your closest YMCA branch and we'll help you find the best option!

 

Wow, what a swimmer!

Based on your answers, your swimmer has already mastered the skills taught in our most advanced group swim lessons class. We encourage you to consider participating in a YMCA youth swim team. Or contact the Aquatics Director at your local Y to ask about additional swimming instruction opportunities that may be available to you.

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