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Hamden/North Haven Typhoons


Life Skills Save Lives

Become a certified Lifeguard

If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great part time job or a challenging career, that’s in demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program is one of the best places to start. Lifeguarding lets you work as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could even save a life!

Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn—

  • Rescue skills for use in the water and on land.
  • First aid and professional rescuer CPR/AED training to help you prepare for an emergency.
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities.
  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries.

Prerequisites

  • Swim a minimum of 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. (May swim using front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.  Swim goggle may be used)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Swim 20 yards, feet-first surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a10 pound object
    • Return to surface swim 20 yards hold object with both hands keeping face at or near pool surface
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface, and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool

ENROLL TODAY!  Lifeguarding

Fees:   Member: $275 / Community Member: $375 CPR pocket mask and participant manual included

Dates and Times:

  • Fall Session II: December 26-30 – All days 10am to 4pm

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

Visit your local Y branch, or register online. 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 above regarding your child’s swimming ability to place him or her in the correct class.


Adult Swim Lessons

Ages: 13 and up

Our adult swim lessons are for individuals 13 years of age and up. Class size is limited to ten and the structure of the class will be based on the level of swimmers in the class. The YMCA Adult Lesson plan offers an introduction to the water for those seeking to learn how to swim. The goal of these lessons is to make the adults competent, confident, and successful swimmers.


Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Ages: 3 and up

One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.

Registration:
Contact Wendy Batterton for more information. Registration form:  CCC Y Private Swim Lesson Form Hamden 2016


Typhoon Swim Team

Ages:  5 – 18 years

Over the past 3 years, Typhoon swimming has focused and continues to facilitate the development of over 65 swimmers in and out of the water.  As one of the leading swim teams in the area, our experienced coaching staff, with over 40 years of competitive swimming experience, strongly promote individual swimmer stroke technique and time achievements while emphasizing the development of the team, friendships, and core values that last a lifetime.  As the Typhoons actively participate in YMCA dual, tri, and championship swim meets, we look forward to another successful season and growing our swim team family!

While our YMCA swim meets are separated by primarily age, our practice groups are separated by both age and ability level. The swim team practice groups are designed to bring out the maximum potential of every swimmer through in-water practices as well as dry-land practices, and practices are held at the main facility.

For further information about the swim team, please contact Nicole Sedore nsedore@cccymca.org


Water Fitness Classes

Ages: 18 and up

We offer several fitness classes that take advantage of the unique properties of water. The workouts will include a warm up, aerobics, toning, stretching and cool down. Flotation devices such as noodles and barbells will be utilized to increase resistance. Come join the fun! Classes offered during the day and evenings.


Swim Lesson Make-Up Practice

If a swimming lesson is cancelled by the YMCA, a system credit will be issued to all participants within a week of the session ending.

If a participant is absent from a group swimming lesson, a maximum of two make-up classes may be scheduled within the current program session, pending class availability.


Lap Swimming Etiquette

  • Swimmers are encouraged to contribute to an atmosphere of cooperation and courtesy.
  • Always enter from the shallow end.
  • A maximum of five swimmers are permitted in each lane during lap swimming.
  • Please swim with others of similar speed. Lifeguards will move swimmers to the appropriate lane when necessary.
  • Always let swimmers in your lane know when you are entering the water.
  • Always circle swim counter-clockwise when three or more swimmers are in a lane.
  • Fins and/or kickboards are not permitted during circle swim.
  • Allow faster swimmers to pass. Passing always occurs on the left of the swimmer or at the end walls.
  • Do not stand at the ends of the pool for an extended period of time.
  • Teens age fourteen and older may participate in lap swimming.

6/29/2016


Pool Usage Guidelines

Our lifeguards are on the pool deck to ensure your safety and have the authority to restrict any behavior deemed unsafe.  Y members and guests must follow all safety guidelines or may be asked to leave the pool area.

  • State Health Codes require all persons to shower with warm water and soap before entering pool.
  • Wear appropriate swimming attire in the water at all times. T-shirts, shorts, cut-offs and street clothing are considered not appropriate.
  • A parent/guardian, at least 18 years of age, must accompany any child five and under in the water at all times. Parents/guardians of children under age eight who have passed the swim test must remain on the pool deck. All swimmers age 8 or older who have passed the swim test may use the pool on their own.
  • Any non-swimmer must have an adult in the water within arm’s reach.
  • Children who are not potty trained should wear two layers of accident protection, a waterproof swim diaper and a bathing suit, at all times while swimming or playing.  For   privacy and sanitary reasons, please refrain from changing children on the pool deck.
  • If you have a communicable or infectious disease or an open sore, please do not enter the pool area.
  • For everyone’s safety, the pool will be closed during lightning and thunderstorms and will not reopen until thirty minutes after the last occurrence of either.
  • Walk, do not run, to avoid injury.
  • Pushing, dunking and rough play are not permitted.
  • For your safety, diving is only permitted in water at least nine feet in depth. Do not perform back-flips, back-dives, twists or any other type of flip that may cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Extended breath holding activities may cause blackouts and are strictly prohibited.
  • United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices can be used in the shallow end of the pool. They should be properly sized and in good condition. Persons wearing the device must have an adult in the water within arm’s reach while in the pool.
  • YMCA equipment is for Y programs only. Starting and diving blocks are not for public use.  Inflatable pool toys and flotation devices are not permitted.
  • Glass containers, food, and gum are not allowed on the pool deck.
  • Please do not sit, play, hang or lie on the lane lines.
  • To swim in the deep end, all swimmers must complete the swim test including an unassisted, 25-yard non-stop swim and a 30 second tread which will be recorded in our log. The lifeguard may administer a swim test at any time.
  • Stop, look and listen when you hear the lifeguard’s whistle blow.
  • Have fun, be safe and keep your language and behavior family friendly.

6/29/2016


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