YMCA Swim Lessons Updated


Updated lessons help swimmers of all ages and skills develop a lifelong love of swimming


As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills.

This fall, the Northern Lights YMCA – Dickinson Center updated its lessons to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels by adopting the official YMCA Safety Around Water curriculum. This latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels.

Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

“We want swim lessons to be a rite of passage for ALL children; helping kids stay safe in and around the water while developing a love of swimming,” said Aquatics Director John Leech. “Through our latest approach to swim lessons, kids of all ages can progress at their own pace while building the confidence needed to become a successful swimmer while maintaining a continuing focus on safety around water.”

There are four general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.

Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.

Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Pathways, a three-part category including recreational swimming, leadership paths (lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid training) and competitive swimming.

Within the four general categories, the Y will offer six classes: Water Discovery, Water Exploration, Water Acclimation, Water Movement, Water Stamina and Stroke Introduction beginning with the start of the fall session on Monday, Sept. 11.

A detailed explanation of each class can be found in the fall brochure, by calling 774-4076 or by clicking here.