Youth Swim Lessons

Our youth aquatics program is designed to teach personal water safety, stroke development, water sports and games, rescue and personal growth skills to children. Our program is divided by age and skill levels. Children learn at their own pace and advancing to the next level is dependent on the child’s completion of required skills. Please keep in mind that the session length does not guarantee that all children will advance to the next level. All of our YMCA instructors are trained and certified.

Start Swimming at the Y

Registration dates are posted in our online brochure, at your local Y branch, and through our online registration system. Try our Swim Flow Chart to help you determine your child’s swim level.

How Old is Your Child?

At the Y, we are dedicated to providing student-centered swim lessons designed to nurture the development of each individual participant through our unique and dynamic group lessons. To help you determine which lesson level will create the best learning environment for your child, click through the options below.

6 to 36 Months 3 to 5 Years 6 to 12 Years
SKIP (Shrimp, Kipper, Inia, & Perch)

With the help of songs, games, and social activities parents work hand-in-hand with our team in the water as we introduce water skills based on each child's unique development level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Can your child swim independently on their front and back without a flotation (i.e. bubble, noodle, etc)?
No
Pike

Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child willingly submerge underwater?
No
Pike

Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Does your child put his face in the water when he swims?
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 15 feet
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Ray/Starfish

For children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and their face is in the water with rhythmic breathing.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Will your child go underwater and float independently on their front/back without flotation?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child (without flotation) swim 15 yards without stopping and fully submerge?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 25 yards of front crawl and back crawl with good form?
No
Guppy

For swimmers able to complete at least 15 yards of front and back crawl independently. Our team will focus on progressive technique for the front and back crawl as well as the side stroke.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your swimmer demonstrate at least 25 yards of breaststroke?
No
Minnow

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of front and back crawl. Our team focuses on building swim endurance, enhancing stroke technique, and introducing breaststroke movements.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Fish/Flying Fish/Shark

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of breaststroke, 50 yards of freestyle, and 50 yards of backstroke. Our team will focus on building endurance, teaching advanced swim technique, and introducing butterfly.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Start Over

This tool is designed to assist parents in evaluating their child’s swimming skills. The YMCA will provide a quick swim evaluation during the first day of each swim session to ensure correct level placement for the child’s best learning environment. Please answer the questions below regarding your child’s swimming ability to place him or her in the correct class.

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