Y@HOME SWIM SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

While our facility is still closed, we have a few “land lessons” to work on at home to keep swimmers active and prepared for summer swimming…

 

Week 3:

Parent Child Levels

  • Skills: children can practice rolling from their belly to back in the tub. Feel free to sing ‘I’m a little pancake’!
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about how rolling on their back is the safest position in any body of water.

Preschool Levels

  • Skills: children can practice “chicken, airplane, soldier” on their backs on land or in the tub.
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about/ discuss how to use chicken, airplane, soldier to get to safety if they feel tired or are struggling.

Youth Levels

  • Skills: try to do some activity every day! The more we keep our bodies in shape, the easier and less tired we will be when we return to the water.
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about/ discuss what are some ways to get to safety when we get tired while in any body of water.

Week 2:

Parent Child Levels

  • Skills: children can practice front and back kicking in the tub.   Please support the babies on their fronts and backs while letting them kick and splash.   Feel free to sing ‘the kids in the pool go kick, kick kick’!
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about when its safe or not safe to go near water

Preschool Levels

  • Skills: children can practice circle arms both on land and in the bath for freestyle and backstroke
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about/ discuss general water safety topics such as how to call for help and who to go to for help around water

Youth Levels

  • Skills:  children can practice their strokes and kicking on land.   Stay active!   Any movement will help students maintain their stamina once we return to the pool
  • Water Safety Concepts: As summer approaches discuss topics such as staying hydrated, what to do if someone is ‘too warm’ and how the heat can tire people out more quickly

Week 1:

Parent Child Levels

  • Skills: children can practice back floats, water pouring and getting their faces wet in the tub
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about/ remind children that they should always let an adult know they want to enter any body of water- including the bath

Preschool Levels

  • Skills: children can practice getting their faces wet and blowing bubbles- for those who are more advanced they can practice kicking both in the water and on land
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about/ discuss general water safety topics such as always swimming with an adult and lifeguard, asking permission before getting into the pool, what do they do if they or their swimming partner are struggling, other locations these rules apply to (backyard pools, beaches, lakes, camps, ponds, etc.)

Youth Levels

  • Skills:  children can practice their strokes and kicking on land     A fun way to do this is to have the child teach the parent how to swim on land.   Let the children give parents ‘correction’.
  • Water Safety Concepts: talk about/ discuss general pool rules, what to do if they or their swimming partner get into trouble, how to call for help, different potential risks associate with different bodies of water (water clarity, temperature, currents, rip tides, diving boards, slides, toys, rafts, rapid or sudden changes in depth, tide) and how to stay safe

YOUTH & ADULT SWIM SCHOOL

More than just swim lessons.

We offer swim classes for parent and child, infants, young children, teenagers, and adults on weekdays, evenings, and weekends all year long.

If you have any questions regarding Swim School including registration, pricing and class schedules, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at swimschool@gwymca.org.

*Please note all times and offerings are subject to change.


SPRING 2020 – TBD

  • Member Registration: TBD
  • Non-Member Registration: TBD
  • NO CLASSES: Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25
  • Times and offerings are subject to change.

HOW TO REGISTER

Registering for our programs is fast and easy!

  • Visit our Online Registration Portal
  • Click to view Registration Policies
  • Register In-Person. Our Member Services Team is also available to assist you in signing up for classes and programs.
  • Participants may only attend classes for which they are registered.

Following the YMCA National Swim Instruction Program, our curriculum focuses on teaching water safety and comfort followed by stroke development. All lessons are held in our Alumni warm-water pool for 30 minutes with the exception of YOUTH levels 4-6 which are 45 minutes, and Level 7’s which are 1 hour.

REQUIRED SWIM EVALUATIONS

If you are not a member of the YMCA of Greenwich, or have not taken a class within the last session at our facility, a swim evaluation is necessary. Registration without an evaluation will result in non-refund. Evaluations take approximately 5 minutes. No evaluation needed for children under 3 years old (i.e. Parent & Child Classes).

If you would like to schedule a swim evaluation, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at swimschool@gwymca.org.


YOUTH SWIM SCHOOL

LEVEL A1 & A2 

  • LEVEL A1 – 6 MONTHS – 13 MONTHS
  • LEVEL A2 – 14 MONTHS – 21 MONTHS

Parents accompany children in Level  A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

LEVEL B1 & B2

  • LEVEL B1 – 22 MONTHS – 28 MONTHS
  • LEVEL B2 – 29 MONTHS – 35 MONTHS

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. 

LEVEL 1

In stage 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

LEVEL 2

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

LEVEL 3

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

LEVEL 4

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

LEVEL 5

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. 

LEVEL 6 

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

PRETEAM LEVEL 7A & 7B (6-13 yrs)

Students in stage 7 are able to swim all four strokes and are looking to join a competitive team or are looking to reinforce skills in a non competitive setting.


ADULT SWIM SCHOOL

Following the YMCA National Swim Instruction Program, our curriculum focuses on teaching water safety and comfort followed by stroke development. 

LEVEL 1

In stage 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

LEVEL 2

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

LEVEL 3

Students in stage 3 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

As we are just kicking off this program, we will be putting together schedules based on Member availability.


QUESTIONS? We’d love to help. 

To discuss all of your Swim Lesson options including Private Swim lessons, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at swimschool@gwymca.org.