The YWCA follows the American Red Cross, preschool, school-age children and teens with developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experiences. A swim test is required for any level above beginner (Preschool Level 1 & Youth Level 1).
Parent & Toddler Classes
Wee Splash 1 (6 months – 2 years)
Parent or caregiver in water. This instructor-facilitated course uses songs, games, group and individual activities to support the introduction of basic swimming skills and water safety. Children are challenged at their developmentally appropriate level.
Wee Fish (3 – 5 years)
This is a transition class. The session begins with parents, children, and instructor in the water practicing water exploration skills, while preparing children for independent swim. By the end of the session, children continue their exploration independently with the instructor; parents are not in the water.
Pre-School Classes (3-5-year-olds)
Our experienced staff make every effort to gently encourage children to participate.
Preschool Level 1
Class is designed to orient young preschoolers to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe in the water.
Preschool Level 2
Class builds on the basic aquatic and safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Participants begin to perform at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.
Preschool Level 3
Instructors continue the development of the skills learned in Preschool Levels 1 & 2. Participants are able to perform basic swim stroke elements with greater proficiency, for longer distances and times. In addition, previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced and expanded upon.
Youth Levels (6-12 years old)
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Designed to orient participants to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe around water.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels and are introduced to the scissors, dolphin kicks, survival float, rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst. On successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Participants perform strokes learned in Level 3 at increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. In addition, they learn the arm actions that accompany the scissors kick and breaststroke kick in order to begin performing the sidestroke and breaststroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. Participants also learn the back crawl and butterfly at rudimentary proficiency levels, in addition to the basics of performing a simple open turn at the wall.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Focuses on helping participants refine their performance of all six swimming strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke). Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back.
Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Focuses on refining strokes and turns and building endurance.
Swim Team Prep
Swimmers work on all competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Pre-requisite: Registration is contingent upon approval of course instructor, Contact the program office at x110.
Teen & Adult Classes
Beginner: Learning the Basics
Designed to help participants gain basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes, including the front crawl, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.
Intermediate: Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes
Improvement of proficiency in basic aquatic skills (including rotary breathing, surface dives and treading) and the five basic swimming strokes (i.e. front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke).
Advanced: Swimming for Fitness
This class focuses on refining the participant’s front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and turns and building endurance. The butterfly stroke and turns are introduced.