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.

Preschool Swim Lessons

Program Director: Flora Mannino
Phone: 908-483-4924

New Class Names

Former class names are listed below to assist parents in the transition to the new curriculum.

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 (formerly Pike)

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 (formerly Eel)

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 (formerly Ray)

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 (formerly Starfish)

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and elementary backstroke.

Little Mermaids & Mermen – Ages 4-5

A specialty aquatics program

Summer Session

During the summer session, swim lessons are also offered at the Union Gap Village Outdoor Pool.

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During the summer session, swim lessons are also offered at the Union Gap Village Outdoor Pool.


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