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Swim Basics, for ages 3 to 5, are introductory classes divided into three progressive stages that include the foundations of water safety, basic swimming skills and focusing on swimming to safety. 

The World is 71% Water. Kids are 100% Curious.

Ages 3-5

The YMCA’s youth swim lessons teach your child how to become safe and confident swimmers in a friendly and supportive small-group setting.

As their skills and confidence in the water grows young swimmers progress from learning basic water safety to swimming skills including:

  • How to tread and float in the water
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • Key swimming strokes (such as the front crawl and backstroke) needed to pass the YMCA swim test
  • Safety and rescue skills
  • Proper conditioning and personal fitness habits


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