Updated Y-USA Swim Lesson Curriculum launching Summer 1

Aquatics Lead photoFor more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. 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 pursuit for staying healthy. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.


  • 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

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


Ashley Jones - Aquatics Director, Tacoma Center YMCA

Updated Y-USA Swim Lesson Curriculum launching Summer 1

We are excited to share that we are launching an updated swim lesson curriculum from the YMCA of USA starting with the Summer 1 session at the Tacoma Center YMCA.

Why has the curriculum changed?

Through feedback from parents, staff, and aquatics experts, YMCA of the USA has updated the swim curriculum to focus on water safety skills as a foundation for 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.

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.

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 Spring 1 session. If your child is not enrolled in classes, you can find our swim lesson conversion chart below or click here to download ourĀ swim lesson level guide.

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