Students learn to be comfortable in the water, personal water safety habits, rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits. Activities, games and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.
Swim lessons offered include eight stages of learning: Water Discovery, Water Exploration, Water Acclimation, Water Movement, Water Stamina, Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development, Stroke Mechanics. We also offer youth competitive swim team programs, as well as lifeguard, swim instructor, first aid, and CPR training.
Choosing the right class
Use the lesson guide below to determine skill level and choose the appropriate class. You can find even more information in our detailed lesson selector. Or, contact us for a free swim test.
Deep Water Competency Test
Required for all youth under 18.
The YMCA of Greater Erie is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable pool experience for all. All youth 18 and under must complete the YMCA Deep Water Competency Test which assesses swimming ability for deep water. Those that complete the test successfully will be given a green band; inexperienced swimmers are considered non-swimmers. These bands help our certified lifeguards keep swimmers safe.
Click here for guidelines on the deep water competency test and rules for parent-child ratio.