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Group Swim Lessons:

Monday, January - March 2018
Monday, March - April 2018
Thursday, January - March 2018
Thursday, March - April 2018
Tuesday, January - March 2018
Tuesday, March - April 2018

Swim Starters (6 months to 3 years old) 

Swim Starter class allows the new little swimmer to adjust to the aquatic environment and begin to learn aquatic safety. Basic water skills such as kicking, breath control, body control, movements in response to visual or verbal cues will be taught.  It is a wonderful time to begin to explore the water while bonding with your child.  This level allows your child to transition to Swim Basics lessons more easily. 

Swim Basics (3-5 years old) 

NEW - FALL 2017!!  This class replaces all of the Preschool Level classes.
Swim Basics are an introduction to water that slowly builds and progresses. Children learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: “swim, float, swim” and “jump, push, turn, grab.” Class times regardless of skill level.  Each time will be split into a beginner class and an experienced class.

Learn to Swim Program (6-14 years old) 

Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and personal water safety skills in a logical progression.  It consists of six levels.  Throughout the levels, participants build on their basic skills to learn various propulsive movements on the front, back, and side.  As the levels increase, participants learn to refine the different strokes and build endurance.  Each level includes exit skills assessments that put many of the skills learned in the level. 

Please note that all lessons are taught utilizing the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum.  The use of float belts or other personal floatation devices will not be allowed. 

Level 1

The objectives of Level 1 are to learn basic personal water safety information and skills, to help participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.  In level 1, elementary aquatic skills are learned.  At this level, participants start developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits, and safe practices in and around water. 

Level 2

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 2 are to give participants success with fundamental skills.  Participants learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position.  This level marks the beginning of the true locomotion skills.  Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back that lay the foundation for future strokes. 

Level 3

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 3 are to build on previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice.  Participants learn to survival float, swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke.  An introduction of scissor and dolphin kicks and the beginnings of treading water take place.  Participants will also learn the rules with headfirst water entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside. 

Level 4

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 4 are to develop participants' confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills.  In level 4 participants improve their skills and increase their endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances.  Participants add the arms to the scissor kick for the sidestroke.  Participants will also begin to learn the back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly.

Level 5 (Upon Request ONLY)

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 5 are coordination and refinement of strokes.  Participants refine their performance of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke) and increase their distances.  Flip turns on the front and back are also introduced. 

Level 6 (Upon Request ONLY)

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 6 are to refine strokes so participants swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness and over greater distances.  Level 6 also introduces other aquatic activities and offers three options- Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, and Fitness Swimmer.  These options focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses, such as the Water Safety Instructor Course, or other aquatic activities, such as competitive swimming or diving.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Mandi at the Hastings YMCA 402-463-3139  or email