NEW! SWIM SCHOOL CURRICULUM

*Winter session begins Jan


Welcome to our new and improved Swim School! Following the new YMCA National Swim Instruction Program, our curriculum focuses on teaching water safety and comfort followed by stroke development. All lessons are 30 minutes with the exception of YOUTH levels 4-6 which are 45 minutes. The Winter session runs from January 2nd through March 25th. Please note there are no scheduled lessons February 12-19.

Students currently enrolled in the Fall 2 session can find their appropriate level on their certificate. All new students may use the chart below as guidance for registration. If you would like to schedule an evaluation, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at swimschool@gwymca.org.

 

SWIM STARTERS: Level A1 & A2/ Water Discover
Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

 

 


6 months – 21 months
Wednesday, 9:30am – 10am

Saturday, 9am – 9:30am
Sunday,  9am – 9:30am
Wednesday, 10:05am -10:35am
Saturday, 9:35am – 10:10am
Saturday, 11:25am – 11:55am
Sunday, 9:35am – 10:10am
Sunday, 11:25am – 11:55am

SWIM STARTERS: Level B1 & B2/ Water Exploration
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

 

 


22 Month – 3 years
Wednesday, 10:40am – 11:10am

Saturday, 10:15am – 10:45am
Saturday, 12pm – 12:30pm
Sunday, 10:15am – 10:45am
Sunday, 12pm – 12:30pm
Wednesday, 11:15am – 11:45am
Saturday, 10:50am – 11:20am
Saturday, 12:35pm – 1:10pm
Sunday, 10:50am – 11:20am
Sunday, 12:35pm – 1:10pm

SWIM BASICS: Level 1 / Water acclimation
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming

 

 

 

 

 


3-5 years
Monday, 5pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, 3:40pm – 4:10pm
Wednesday, 3:40pm – 4:10pm
Wednesday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Thursday, 4:50pm – 5:20pm
Friday, 5:25pm – 5:55pm
Saturday, 9am – 9:30am
Sunday, 9am – 9:30am

6-12 years…*These classes are Hybrid 1 & 2 Levels
Tuesday, 11 classes 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Thursday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Friday, 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Saturday, 10:50am – 11:20am
Sunday, 10:50am – 11:20am

SWIM BASICS: Level 2 / Water movement
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


3-5 years
Monday, 5:30pm – 6pm

Tuesday, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
Wednesday, 5:25pm – 5:55pm
Thursday, 5:25pm – 5:55pm
Friday, 3:40pm – 4:10pm
Friday, 4:50pm – 5:20pm
Saturday, 9:35am – 10:10am
Sunday, 9:35am – 10:10am

6-12 years…*These classes are Hybrid 1 & 2 Levels
Tuesday, 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Thursday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Friday, 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Saturday, 10:50am – 11:20am
Sunday, 10:50am – 11:20am

SWIM BASICS: Level 3 / Water Stamina
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


3-5 years
Monday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday, 4:50pm – 5:20pm
Wednesday, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
Thursday, 3:40pm – 4:10pm
Friday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Saturday, 10:15am – 10:45am
Sunday, 10:15am – 10:45am

6-12 years…
Tuesday, 4:20pm – 4:50pm
Wednesday, 4:20pm – 4:50pm
Thursday, 5:25pm – 5:55pm
Friday, 4:20pm – 4:50pm
Saturday, 11:25am – 11:55am
Sunday, 11:25am – 11:55am

SWIM STROKES: Level 4 / stroke introduction
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.

 

 

 

 

 


3-5 years
Monday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday, 5:25pm – 5:55pm
Wednesday, 4:50pm – 5:20pm
Thursday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Friday, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
Saturday, 10:50am – 11:20am
Sunday, 10:50am – 11:20am

6-12 years
Tuesday, 4:55pm – 5:40pm
Wednesday, 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Thursday, 4:35pm – 5:20pm
Friday, 4:55pm – 5:40pm
Saturday, 12pm – 12:45pm
Sunday, 12pm – 12:45pm

SWIM STROKES: Level 5 / stroke development
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


3-5 years
Tuesday, 6pm – 6:30pm
Thursday, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
Saturday, 11:25am – 11:55am
Sunday, 11:25am – 11:55am

6-12 years
Tuesday, 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday, 4:55pm – 5:40pm
Friday, 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Saturday, 12pm – 12:45pm
Sunday, 12pm – 12:45pm

SWIM STROKES: Level 6 / stroke mechanics
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


6-12 years
Wednesday, 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Thursday, 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Saturday, 12pm – 12:45pm
Sunday, 12pm – 12:45pm

SWIM STROKES: Level 7/ Competitive & Non-Competitive Track
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. ***PLEASE CALL FOR DAYS AND TIMES***

Times and offerings are subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at 203.869.1630 Ext. 208 or swimschool@gwymca.org