Swim Levels

The Y’s primary goal is to provide your child with a pleasant, fun-filled water experience while teaching fundamental aquatic and water safety skills. Our newly-designed swim curriculum is organized into three general categories: Swim Starters, Swim Basics and Swim Strokes.

SWIM STARTERS

Parent/Child Swim Lessons

Preschool A

Preschool A/Water Discovery is designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years and parents to enjoy together. The class introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. If your child is still learning to respond to verbal cues and can't jump on land yet, then start them in this level.

We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising the children. Swim diapers are required. 30-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL A



Preschool B

Preschool B/Water Exploration is designed for children 6 months to 3 years. This class focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Swimmers in this level are getting better at responding to verbal cues and jumping on land. However, they may still want a parent in the water with them. 

Swim diapers are required. 30-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL B



SWIM BASICS

Recommended skills for all to have around water

Level 1

Level 1/Water Acclimation increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Register for this level if your swimmer is comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water, but they have not mastered going underwater voluntarily.

This level is offered for preschool age swimmers 3 to 5 years and youth swimmers 5-12 years. 30-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL 1 (ages 3-5)

REGISTER FOR YOUTH 1 (ages 5-12)



Level 2

Level 2/Water Movement encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. If your child is going underwater voluntarily, but can't do a front and back float on his or her own, then register for this level.

This level is offered for preschool age swimmers 3 to 5 years and youth swimmers 5-12 years. 30-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL 2 (ages 3-5)

REGISTER FOR YOUTH 2 (ages 5-12)



Level 3

Level 3/Water Stamina develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Register for this level if your child can do a front and back float on his or her own, but still cannot swim 10-15 yards on his or her front and back.

This level is offered for preschool age swimmers 3 to 5 years, youth swimmers 5-12 years and teens 13 and over. 30-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL 3 (ages 3-5)

REGISTER FOR YOUTH 3 (ages 5-12)

REGISTER FOR TEEN 3/4 (ages 13+)

 



SWIM STROKES

Skills to support a healthy lifestyle

Level 4

Level 4/Stroke Introduction introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and reinfores water safety through treading water and elementary back stroke. If your child cannot swim 15 yards of front and back crawl, then register for this level.

This level is offered for preschool age swimmers 3 to 5 years and youth swimmers 5-12 years. 40-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL 4 (ages 3-5)

REGISTER FOR YOUTH 4 (ages 5-12)



Level 5

Level 5/Stroke Development introduces breaststroke and butterfly, and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. If your child cannot swim the front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke across the pool, then register for this level.

This level is offered for youth swimmers 5-12 years. 40-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR YOUTH 5



Level 6

Level 6/Stroke Mechanics refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. If your child can swim all the major strokes one length of the pool, but not back again, then register for this level.

This level is offered for youth swimmers 5-12 years. 40-minute lesson.

REGISTER FOR YOUTH 6



Competition Level

Competitive Swim Lessons

These lessons are designed as a workout for advanced swimmers to improve their stroke technique and to increase endurance. Focus will be on fine tuning the four competitive strokes, turns, starts, and endurance.

REGISTER FOR COMPETITIVE LESSONS


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*Private/semi-private swim lessons are available upon request. Contact the Aquatics Director at the Northeast Family YMCA or I.D. Pennock Family YMCA.