Group Swimming Lessons - YMCA of Middletown

Group Swimming Lessons

Our Y recognizes that swimming is an important life skill for anyone at any age. Participating in swimming lessons at the Y builds self-confidence, gives both kids and adults the opportunity to have fun discovering what they can achieve, and incorporates water safety skills that one day could save a life. The Y offers classes for everyone and our trained instructors do their best to make sure everyone feels safe and successful in our program. The appropriate swimming group is chosen based on age and ability.

Parent & Child Swimming Lessons (Ages 6 months – 3 years)

It’s important for parents to form reasonable and healthy expectations for their infant/toddler when it comes to swimming and water safety. At the Y, we use songs, games and activities to increase the level of trust between parents and their children in the water, creating a positive experience, while introducing basic aquatic safety precautions to both parent and child. Classes meet once a week for 30 minutes. (Ratio: 1 Instructor to 10 Infant/Child Pairs)

Preschool Swimming Lessons (Ages 3 years – 5 years)

In the Y’s preschool aquatics program, children develop fundamental swimming skills that set the foundation for swimming to become a lifelong activity. Our progressive swimming program includes 4 levels of instruction using age appropriate activities to teach swimming and water safety skills. Classes meet once a week for 30 minutes. (Ratio: 1 Instructor to 5 Children)

#1 Pike – Beginner: Non-swimmer
#2 Eel – Advanced beginner: Non-swimmer, comfortably submerges face under water
#3 Ray – Intermediate: Comfortable in the water, almost swims independently
#4 Starfish – Advanced: Swims independently

Youth Swimming Lessons (Ages 6 years – 12 years)

Through a progression of 6 swimming levels, children develop the skills they need to become safe, strong, and proficient in the water. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. (Polliwog – Minnow Ratio: 1 Instructor to 8 Children / Fish-Shark Ratio: 1 Instructor to 10 Children)

#1 Polliwog – Beginner: Non-swimmer
#2 Guppy – Advanced beginner: Comfortable in the water & cabable of swimming 20 feet
#3 Minnow – Intermediate: Swims independently, learning front & back crawl
#4 Fish – Advanced #1: Able to swim 20 yards front crawl & back crawl, learning elementary
backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
#5 Flying Fish – Advanced #2: Refining all strokes & building endurance
#6 Shark – Advanced #3: Proficient at all strokes, building endurance and learning turns

Teen & Adult Swimming Lessons (Ages 13 years & Older)

It’s never too late to learn. Lessons are available for every ability level, from the non-swimmer who is terrified of the water to the lap swimmer just looking to improve their strokes. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. (Ratio: 2 Instructors to 10 Adults)

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