Swim Basics: Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
1. Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
2. Jump, push, turn, grab
T/A 1/Water Acclimation: Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
T/A 2/Water Movement: In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
T/A 3/Water Stamina: In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
Swim Strokes: 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
T 4-6/JR. Master Teens ages 13-17: The Jr. Masters Program combines level 4 (Stroke Introduction), level 5 (stroke development), and level 6 (stroke mechanics). Students develop stroke technique on all major competitive strokes: Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. As students continue working on stroke technique for all the major competitive strokes, they learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Water safety is reinforced through treading water, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. Jr. Masters meet twice a week to help teens build endurance and learn the stroke techniques needed to take a lifeguarding class, tryout for a swim team, or just enjoy swimming for fitness. Swimmers will be encouraged to join the YMCA Barracudas when ready.
A 4-6/MASTERS Adults ages 18+: The Masters Program combines level 4 (Stroke Introduction), level 5 (stroke development), and level 6 (stroke mechanics). See details in the drop down below.