Swim Lessons

Everyone should know how to swim! YMCA swim lessons are photo_phtaquaticcam06lengthsb_download_3designed to help each participant learn how to swim better and be safe in the water. Our emphasis is on learning, and not on passing or failing. Each level is divided into 5 components: Personal Safety; Stroke Development; Water Sports and Games; Personal Growth; and Rescue.

Swim lessons are categorized by age, though a child’s individual ability is always taken into consideration. Private and semi-private swim lessons are also available. To register for swim lessons, click here. For help choosing the right lesson for your child, click here. Speak with the aquatics director at your branch for more information.

Class Descriptions

icon-snorkleWater Discovery (formerly Parent/Child) (6 months – 3 years old): The primary objective of these lessons is to get both the parent and child comfortable in the water. The child will become aware of the differences between moving through water and on dry land, while the parent will become aware of how to teach his or her child to be safer in and around the water. The Parent/Child aquatic program promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness activities for children and their parent or other trusted adult. No previous swimming experience is necessary.

Pre-School (3 – 5 years old):

PIKE – This class is for our beginning swimmer, who may or may not be comfortable in the water and has not had formal swim instruction. The class will focus on water adjustment, use of an instructional flotation device, and water safety.

EEL – This class is for our beginner swimmer who is comfortable in the water. The class will focus on basic swim skills such as kicking, floating, and arm stroke, aided with and without the use of an instructional flotation device.

RAY – This class is for our intermediate swimmer who is comfortable in the water and able to float and swim the width of our small pool without the aid of an instructional flotation device. The class will focus on rescue skills, rhythmic  breathing, and stroke development.

STARFISH – This class is for our advanced preschool swimmer. The class will focus on endurance and fine-tuning all strokes.

Youth (6 – 14 years old):

POLLIWOG – This class is for our beginning swimmer, who may or may not be comfortable in the water and may not have had previous swim instruction. The class will focus on basic swim skills such as kicking, floating, stroke development and water safety, with and without the use of an Instructional flotation device.

GUPPY – This class is for our beginner swimmer who is comfortable in the water, able to swim 20 feet on their front or back without assistance, and able to jump from the side into the water. The class will focus on stroke development, rhythmic breathing, and rescue skills.

MINNOW – This class is for our intermediate swimmer who is able to swim 25 yards of the front crawl stroke using rhythmic breathing, 25 yards of backstroke, and able to jump into deep water. The class will focus on continued stroke development, breast stroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and continued emphasis on rescue skills.

FISH – This class is for our intermediate/advanced swimmer who can swim 25 yards of the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke using proper swim technique. Participants should also know how to tread water, and perform basic rescue skills. The class will focus on continued stroke development, introduction of the butterfly stroke, and use of rescue equipment.

FLYING FISH – This class is for our advanced swimmer who is able to swim 50 yards of the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and butterfly using proper swim technique. The class will focus on endurance training, fitness, advanced rescue techniques, and aquatic leadership.

SHARK – This class is for our highly advanced swimmer who can swim eight lengths of the pool nonstop. They should be able to swim two lengths each of a proper front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, and butterfly. Children in this class can also perform flip turns and racing dives. 

Salem Family YMCA

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What should I wear to swim? May my children swim without me? The answers to these and other frequently asked questions may be found here! YMCA aquatics programs are held in two pools located in the lower level of the building:

mainpool

The Main Pool is 20 yards long with four lanes and a depth range of four to nine feet. The pool is heated to 82-84 degrees.

Salem YMCA Small Pool

The Small Pool is 15 yards long by 40 feet wide, and is 3 to 3 1/2  feet deep. The small pool, also known as the warm pool, is heated to 89-91 degrees.

Monmouth/Independence Family YMCA

The Monmouth-Independence swimming pool is outdoors and opens during the summer months only. This year the pool opens on June 10.

icon_pdf2017 Summer Pool Schedule (COMING SOON)

icon_pdf2017 Swim Lessons Parent Packet (COMING SOON)

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