Aquatics

Our program will inspire your little swimmers (and big ones too) to meet goals, take challenges, and grow in confidence and self-assurance. Our five areas of focus for YMCA Swim Lessons are Personal Safety, Personal Growth, Stroke Development, Rescue and Water Sports & Games. We hope to encourage our youth to grow in character development by practicing our values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. You may see that the names of our levels have changed. If you need assistance in the placement of your child in YMCA Swim Lessons, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We look forward to your family participating in this program!

Aquatic Pool Schedule 

Group Swim Lessons

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Fall Swim Lessons Schedule 

Fall Swim Lessons Guidelines

*One parent is required to be in water with their child in the following classes: Water Babies, Aqua Tots, Water Exploration, Preschool Level 1 & 2*

Private Swim Lessons  

Private Competitive Swim Lessons

Water Babies & Aqua Tots Information

Water Babies (6-18mo.)

Parents and babies will explore introductory swim skills, basic swimming strokes and water safety. Parents will experience swimming with their student as well as be introduced to lifejackets. An instructor led class where parents learn to positively interact with their child in the water through swimming skill development and water play.
Safety Topic: submersion -1-2x per week

Aqua Tots (18mo.-3 years)

Parents and Tots will explore introductory swim skills, basic swimming strokes and water safety. Parents will experience swimming with their student as well as be introduced to lifejackets. An instructor led class where parents learn to positively interact with their child in the water through swimming skill development and water play.
Safety Topic: ask permission

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Preschool Water Exploration 

Goals: safe entries/exits, submersion, roll from front to back independently, blowing bubbles, and back swim strokes
Safety Topics: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, and learn how 911 works and why

Preschool Level 1 (previously pike/eel, ages 3-5)

Goals: safe entries/exits, blowing bubbles, submersion, front and back floats, roll from front to back, introduction to deep water, and basic swim strokes
Safety Topics: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, and getting an adult for help

Preschool Level 2 (previously ray/starfish, ages 3-5)

Prerequisite Skills: comfortable in water, submerge full face, and float on front and back
Review: blowing bubbles, floating, basic swim strokes
Goals: in water recovery from floats and swimming, introduction to freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, elementary backstroke arms, and sitting/kneeling dives
Safety Topics: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, getting an adult for help and calling 911

Youth Level 1 (previously polliwog, ages 6 and up)

Goals: safe entries/exits, blowing bubbles, submersion, front and back floats, roll from front to back, introduction to deep water, and basic swim strokes
Safety Topics: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, and getting an adult for help

Youth Level 2 (previously guppy, ages 6 and up)

Prerequisite Skills: comfortable in water, submerge full face, and float on front and back
Review: blowing bubbles, floating, basic swim strokes
Goals: in water recovery from floats and swimming, introduction to freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, elementary backstroke arms, and sitting/kneeling dives
Safety Topics: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, getting an adult for help and calling 911

Youth Level 3 (previously minnow/fish)

Prerequisites: comfortable in the water, front and back floats, elementary backstroke arms, introduced to deep water
Review: freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, elementary backstroke arms, and diving
Goals: swimming without flotation devices, freestyle, backstroke, whip kick, elementary backstroke, flip turns, treading water, and sitting/kneeling/standing dives
Safety Topic: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, life jacket safety, boating, nutrition

Level 4 (previously flying fish / shark)

Prerequisites: swim freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards, swim underwater, tread water and diving
Review: freestyle, backstroke, whip kick, elementary backstroke, and flip turns
Goals: swim 25 yards continuously, feet first surface dives, breaststroke, dolphin kick, butterfly arms, butterfly stroke as well as refine freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and kneeling/standing dives
Safety Topic: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, and entry in unknown depths, and boating

Level 5

Prerequisites: swim 25 yards continuously, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, jumping into deep water, and tread water for 1 minute
Review: all strokes and turns for each, diving
Goals: endurance, swim continuously for 50 yards, butterfly, head first surface dives, tread water for 2 minutes, introduction to side stroke, and long, shallow standing dives
Safety Topics: asking permission, adult supervision, buddy system/never swim alone, entry into unknown depths, boating and nutrition/fatigue

Level 6

Prerequisites: swim all strokes continuously, retrieve object 10ft underwater, and tread water for 2 minutes
Review: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, side stroke, proper turns for each stroke and long, shallow standing dives
Goals: swim 100 yards continuously, stroke refinement with streamline, endurance, diving from starting blocks (optional)
Safety Topics: asking permission, adult supervision, never swim alone, entry into unknown depths, boating, and nutrition

Adult Lessons

Swimming is not only an essential life skill, but it’s a cardio and resistance workout in one! The Y is now offering Adult Group Swim Lessons for Beginner and Intermediate Swimmers. Depending on your experience, sign up for the beginner class to become familiar with the water and learn basic swimming fundamentals. Choose the intermediate class to learn better swim techniques, drills, and basic training principles.

Aquatics Personal Training

Our aquatics personal training offers you a 30-minute one-on-one session, which gives you a personal experience not found in a group setting. Water‘s natural resistance and balance, provide the perfect setting for water training to get a great total body workout. Aquatics personal training is also great for those with sports injuries, orthopedic concerns and people in need of a workout variety. It is also great for those considering triathlons, swim teams, or any other aquatic performance-based activities. To receive more information regarding Aquatics, please contact our Aquatics Department at aquatics@aberdeenymca.org.

Private Lessons

Our private swim lesson program offers individualized 30-minute lesson plans for people of all ages and abilities. Our instructors will work one-on-one with you or your child to improve on the many elements of swimming. We have several Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certified teachers who can accommodate your schedule. To receive more information regarding Aquatics, please contact our Aquatics Department at aquatics@aberdeenymca.org.

Competitive Lessons

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Safety Education

The Aberdeen Family YMCA offers safety education courses. Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Training, and provides participants the opportunity to learn life-saving skills and become certified for fun and rewarding jobs. YMCA aquatics staff even have the ability to work year-round! The Y also offers CPR/AED classes for adult, child and infant certifications as well as first aid. For more information Click Here