Swim Lessons

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We're here for everyone. All ages — from infants to seniors — can learn to swim. Check out our class offerings below to find one that fits your skill level, or skip straight to swim level descriptions. Don't know what level you or your child should register for? Our friendly and knowledgable staff are happy to help you find the level that's right for you.


What age group does your student fall into?

  • 6 months-2 years | Parent and Child (Infant): Stages A-B
  • 2-3 years | Parent and Child (Toddler): Stages A-1
  • 3-6 years | Preschool: Stages 1-4
  • 6-12 years | School Age: Stages 1-6
  • 12-17 years | Teen: Stages 1-6
  • 18+ years | Adult: Stages 1-6

All age groups are taught the same skills, but divided according to their developmental milestones.


Which stage is the student ready for?

Can the student respond to verbal cues and jump on land?
Not yet > A / WATER DISCOVERY

Is the student comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water?
Not yet > B / WATER EXPLORATION

Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
Not yet > 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION

Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
Not yet > 2 / WATER MOVEMENT

Can the student swim 10-15 yards on his or her front or back?
Not yet > 3 / WATER STAMINA

Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
Not yet > 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION

Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool?
Not yet > 5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT

Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?
Not yet > 6 / STROKE MECHANICS


Swim level descriptions

Our swim levels are broken into six stages in three categories: Swim Starters for parents, infants, and toddlers; Swim Basics for preschool, school-age, teen, and adult; and Swim Strokes for preschool, school-age, teen, and adult swimmers. Read below to learn more about each stage and register for classes.

The YMCA Swim Lessons program helps adults, kids, and families learn an important life skill and supports them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmers.

Curriculum from YMCA of the USA is followed for all YMCA swim lessons. Please review information below to learn about the curriculum and discover which class would be appropriate for your swimmer. Swim lessons are FREE for YMCA members and $50/session (5 weeks) for non-members.

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CONTACT

Greg Mackem - Aquatics Director, Bremerton Family YMCA

SWIM LESSON CONVERSION CHART

SWIM LESSON CONVERSION CHART

FOR PAST SWIM LESSON PARTICIPANTS - NEW CURRICULUM

previous name >>> new name

INFANT: 0-2 YEARS

  • Shrimp >>> A - Water Discovery
  • Kipper >>> B - Water Exploration

TODDLER: 2-3 YEARS

  • Inia >>> A - Water Discovery  |OR|  B - Water Exploration 
  • Perch >>> B - Water Exploration  |OR|  1 - Water Acclimation 

PRESCHOOL: 3-6 YEARS

  • Pike >>> 1 - Water Acclimation
  • Super Pike >>> 2 - Water Movement 
  • Eel >>> 3 - Water Stamina 
  • Ray >>> 4 - Stroke Introduction 
  • Starfish >>> 4 - Stroke Introduction 

SCHOOL AGE: 6-12 YEARS

  • Polliwog >>> 1 - Water Acclimation  |OR|  2 - Water Movement
  • Guppy >>> 3 - Water Stamina 
  • Minnow >>> 4 - Stroke Introduction 
  • Fish >>> 5 - Stroke Development
  • Flying Fish >>> 5 - Stroke Development  |OR|  6 - Stroke Mechanics
  • Shark >>> 6 - Stroke Mechanics 

TEEN: 12-17 YEARS

  • Teen 1 >>> 1-3 Swim Basics
  • Teen 2 >>> 4 - 5 Stroke Intro & Development
  • Teen 3 >>> 6 - Stroke Mechanics

ADULT: 18+ YEARS  

  • Adult Beginner >>> 1-3 Swim Basics
  • Adult Intermediate >>> 4 - 5 Stroke Intro & Development
  • Adult Advanced >>> 6 - Stroke Mechanics

ABOUT SWIM LESSONS

UPDATED SWIM LESSON CURRICULUM - AS OF JUNE, 2017

Tested curricula, grounded in research, combined with our brand promise to strengthen community differentiate our swimming and water safety programs from those of other organizations.


USES SKILL-BASED INSTRUCTION

Instructors set customized expectations for students based on their ability, facilitate skill practice in multiple ways, and support students based on where they are so that they can be successful.


MAXIMIZES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The curriculum maximizes the number of minutes students are physically active. At every lesson, students engage in group activities that promote additional active time in the pool and give students a chance to practice skills while having fun.


EMPHASIZES SAFETY AND ELEVATES CHARACTER

The curricula includes information and instruction in water and personal safety. Safety topics address issues that affect the day-to-day lives of students and their families. 
Additionally, the curriculum integrates age-appropriate character development topics that allow the instructor and students to define, model, and celebrate the Y’s four core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


ENGAGES FAMILIES

Engagement begins at home. Comprehensive parent communication tools help parents understand what skills students learn at each stage and how those skills build on each other as their students progress. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What has changed?  
The biggest change you will notice is the name of the levels. The level names have been changed to represent the skills being taught in each level. The next noticeable change is the ages for each level. Expanding the ages allows for more progression through levels.  Our curriculum is now focused on teaching basic water safety skills then progressing to stroke development and technique.  

Why has the curriculum changed?
Through feedback from parents, staff, and aquatics experts, YMCA of the USA has upgraded the swim curriculum to focus on water safety skills as a foundation to all ages. Once water safety skills have been mastered, we will introduce stroke development and techniques. The skills and topics taught in each level, are based on the developmental milestones of youth.  

I have a 6 year old, which program should my child be in?
You have the option to enroll your child in the Preschool program or School Age program based on your child’s skill level and developmental level.  

I have a 12 year old, which program should my child be in?
You have the option to enroll your child in the School Age program or Teen program based on your child’s skill level and developmental level.

How will I know what level my child should be in?
If your child is currently in lessons, the new swim lesson level will be marked on their report card at the end of this current sessions.

If you are not currently in lessons, please see the conversion chart to determine their new level. For any questions, please contact Greg Mackem.  

We have never taken swim lessons at the Y.  Which level should my child be in?
Please refer to our  lessons selector guide. First choose the age category your child falls in to, then select the level based on skill.  


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