The YMCA of the USA has rolled out a new curriculum and guidelines for preschool and youth swim lessons and our staff are excited to share this new program with you! With a focus on water safety and self-survival skills starting with the youngest child in our parent-child program, the new swim lesson curriculum begins with basic swimming readiness skills and, as results are achieved, progresses to stroke introduction, refinement and technique.
Swim Basics for Grade School Youth – Ages 5-12 years
Swim Basics develops personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll front glide and exit.
Youth 1 – Water Acclimation (formerly beginner Polliwog)
Under the guidance of caring instructors trained to instill trust and a love of swimming, students learn to float and develop comfort with getting their faces wet, blowing out underwater (bobs) and learn to safely exit the pool. Designed for the timid first-time swimmer.
Youth 2 – Water Movement (formerly intermediate Polliwog)
In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water continuing to perfect water safety and survival skills and underwater exploration.
Youth 3 – Water Stamina (formerly Guppy)
In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance. Rhythmic breathing with integrated arm and leg action are introduced along with basic diving skills.
Swim Strokes for Grade School Youth – Ages 5-12 years
Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students as well as safety and survival skills.
Youth 4 – Stroke Introduction (formerly Minnow)
Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and elementary backstroke.
Youth 5 – Stroke Introduction (formerly Fish)
Students in stage 5 learn breaststroke and sidestroke while developing endurance and continue to refine front crawl and backstroke.
Youth 6 – Stroke Introduction (formerly Flying Fish)
In stage 6, students learn butterfly while continuing to develop endurance while refining breaststroke, back and front crawl and diving. Flip turns and diving from the block are introduced.
Competitive Clinic – Stroke Introduction (formerly Shark)
Designed for swimmers who have passed level 6 (formerly Flying Fish) and want to learn about competitive swimming while refining their technique in all 4 competitive strokes. Starts, turns and finishes all taught.
Mermaid Club – Specialty Aquatics Program – Ages 8-12 Years
The Mermaid Club combined fun with fitness and swimming while building friendships and improving swim strokes, endurance and basic water safety skills. Dolphin kick is introduced and refined in the context of underwater and above water swimming routines. A dry land component focuses on building a strong core and students are challenged to be good stewards of the ocean and all its citizens. Fins will be provided and costumes (colorful swim leggings, etc.) are encouraged as the Club explores and develops its mermaid culture.
During the summer session, swim lessons are also offered at the Union Gap Village Outdoor Pool.