The YMCA of the USA has rolled out a new curriculum and guidelines for youth and preschool 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.
We offer 4 sessions of classes per year; Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, plus special mini-sessions. Please click button below for current program guide, which includes program times, prices, and schedules. Online registration will close at the beginning of each session, but please speak with a staff member at Welcome Center or call 908-782-1030 to find out about class availability.
Swim Basics for Preschool – ages 3-5 years
Swim Basics develops personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by: swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, backfloat, roll front glide and exit.PRE
Preschool 1 – Water Acclimation
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.
Preschool 2 – Water Movement
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.
Preschool 3 – Water Stamina
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 Preschool – Ages 3-5 years
Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students as well as safety and survival skills.
Preschool 4 – Stroke Introduction
Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and elementary backstroke.