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Swim Lessons

Everything the Y does is in service of building a better you. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong way of staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.

Private Lessons

We provide opportunities for private lessons with one of our swim instructors. Private Swim Lessons are offered in 5-session and 8-session packages.

Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-private lessons include up to 3 kids with one of our swim instructors. Semi-private Swim Lesson are offered in 5-session and 8-session packages.

Group Lessons

We offer group swim lessons in packages of 8 sessions. Groups of students are limited to 6 per instructor. Stages of lessons available for Parent/Child classes are: Stage 1 Water Acclimation, Stage 2 Water Movement, and Stage 3 Water Stamina.

Parent/Child: Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents and guardians learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Stage 1 Water Acclimation: Water Acclimation is the first stage of swim lessons and focuses on skills for beginners. In Water Acclimation, students are introduced to the pool and develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water in the event they fall in. This introductory stage builds the foundation for the child’s future progress in swimming.

Stage 2 Water Movement: Water Movement is the second stage of swim lessons. In this stage, students focus on body position and control, forward movement, directional change and basic self-rescue skills. This stage also reinforces how to safely exit a body of water in the event of falling in.

Stage 3 Water Stamina: Water Stamina is the third stage of swim lessons and the final stage in the Swim Basics phase. In this stage, students learn basic stroke techniques, rotary breathing and integrated arm and leg action. In the event they fall into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety and exit.

Stage 4 Stroke Introduction: Students in this stage 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.
Teen/Adult Learn to Swim Stage 1: This class is for teens (13+) and adults with little to no experience in the water. Participants will learn the basics of water safety including breath control, floating on their fronts and backs, front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke, swim-float-swim, and changing body position and direction in the water.

For more details on group lesson stages:
Group Lesson Stage Descriptions

If you are interested in swim lessons or have swim lesson questions, please contact:

Lindsay A. Critzer, Aquatics Director
(540) 943-9622 x206


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