YMCA of Greater Erie

Swimming Lessons

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 and the second leading cause of accidental death for children 5 to 14. Accidental drownings can be prevented by teaching youth, teens and adults to swim, so they can be safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.

Y Swim Lesson curriculum is based on a continuum that focuses on a skill-based progression that builds confidence and supports swimming skills. Lessons are broken into specific stages that are designed for that age group on a cognitive and social ability.

Program enhancements include: low swimmer/instructor ratio, longer class length for advanced progression, ease at time of registration, improved curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety, tools and resources to support families at home. Class sessions are 8 weeks.

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Stage Descriptions

Stage A: Water Discovery (Parent/Infant & Toddlers)

Parents accompany children which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video Demonstration coming soon!

Stage B: Water Exploration (Parent/Infant & Toddlers)

Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Click here for stage descriptions.  Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration comings soon!

Stage 1: Water Acclimation (Children 3-12 years)

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.  This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Click here for stage descriptions.  Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 2: Water Movement (Children 3-12 years)

Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 3: Water Stamina (Children 3-12 years)

Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into the body of water.  This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (Children 6+, Teens, Adults)

Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 5: Stroke Development (Children 6+, Teens, Adults)

Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes.  The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 8: Stroke Mechanics (Children 6+ Teens, Adults)

Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon.

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private (1 swimmer) and semi-private lessons (2 swimmers with similar ability) are a great option for swimmers of all ages and abilities looking to accomplish specific objectives. These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or acquire swimming skills.

 

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