YMCA SWIM LESSON CURRICULUM UPDATE
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. Learn more about when to register for swim lessons and swim lesson offerings at the Gordon Family YMCA!
Updated curriculum from YMCA of the USA was introduced in the 2017 Winter 2 session here at the Gordon Family YMCA. Please review information below to learn about the new curriculum and discover which new class would be appropriate for your swimmer.
- Swim Lesson Overview
- Lesson Selector
- Lesson Conversion Chart (previous class name >>> new class name)
Jenna Lehman - Senior Aquatics Director, Gordon Family YMCA
SWIM LESSON CONVERSION CHART
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
UPDATED SWIM LESSON CURRICULUM
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.
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.
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 Jenna Lehman.
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.