Youth Lessons

Youth Lessons

Registration Information

Registration Information
Registration Information

Locations, Registration Information and Session Dates: 

Cooper YMCA
Copple Family YMCA 
Fallbrook YMCA
Northeast YMCA

Please note, the Downtown YMCA does not offer Group Lessons, but Private Lessons are available: Downtown YMCA Aquatics brochure.

Register Online  |  YMCA Swim Lesson Selection Guide

In Which Class Should I Enroll My Child?

In Which Class Should I Enroll My Child?
In Which Class Should I Enroll My Child?

View our YMCA Swim Lesson Selection Guide for help in determining what class-level to enroll your child(ren) in. 

6 months - 3 years

Parent* & Child:
Stages A - B

3 years - 5 years

Preschool:
Stages 1 - 4

6 years - 12 years

School Age:
Stages 1 - 6

12+ years

Teen & Adult:
Stages 1 - 6

A / Water Discovery

B / Water Exploration

1 / Water Acclimation

2 / Water Movement

3 / Water Stamina

4 / Stroke Introduction

1 / Water Acclimation

2 / Water Movement

3 / Water Stamina

4 / Stroke Introduction

5 / Stroke Development

6 / Stroke Mechanics

1 / Water Acclimation

2 / Water Movement

3 / Water Stamina

4 / Stroke Introduction

5 / Stroke Development

6 / Stroke Mechanics

A / Water Discovery: Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. 

B / Water Exploration: Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. 

1 / Water Acclimation: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Child has no previous swim lesson experience. 

2 / Water Movement: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 

3 / Water Stamina: Encourages intermediate self-rescue skills performed at a longer distance than in previous levels. 

4 / Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. 

5 / Stroke Development: Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. 

6 / Stroke Mechanics: Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. 

*At the Y, we know families take a variety of forms. As a result, we define "parent" broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship. 

Float for Life

Float for Life
Float for Life

Designed for safety, children ages 1-3 years old learn to float on their backs and get safely to the side.

Register Online  |  Learn More About Safety Around Water

Contact Information for Aquatics Directors by Y Location

Contact Information for Aquatics Directors by Y Location
Contact Information for Aquatics Directors by Y Location
Cooper YMCA Program Director - Aquatics
mjohnson [at] ymcalincoln.org
402-323-6412
Copple Family YMCA Associate Executive Director
mkinzie [at] ymcalincoln.org
531-289-7862
Downtown YMCA Associate Executive Director
khudson [at] ymcalincoln.org
402-434-9238
Fallbrook YMCA Program Director - Aquatics
eschulz [at] ymcalincoln.org
402-323-6434
Northeast YMCA Program Director - Aquatics
tburnham [at] ymcalincoln.org
402-434-9267