Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The Y offer swim lessons for all ages and abilities so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.


SWIM STARTERS

Shrimp (6 – 10 months)
Basic aquatics safety to parent and child.
Fun and positive first experience in the water

Kipper (11 – 14 months)
Basic swimming skills with parent accompaniment. Breath control, kicking, body control, and safety tips.

Inia (15 – 18 months)
Encourages children’s limited but growing independence in the water. Children make purposeful movements in the water in response to various cues.

Perch I (19 – 27 months)
Perch II (28 – 35 months)
Pool safety, appropriate class behavior, listening skills, independence from parent and Pike Class basics. Parents must participate, but the focus of class is independent swimming.


SWIM BASICS

Pike
Introduces new little swimmers to the pool and helps them develop safe water habits.

Eel
Prerequisites: Completion of Pike level or can swim independently on front and back 2 yards and float independently on front and back for 5 second.

Ray
Prerequisites: Completion of Eel level or can swim independently on front and back 7 yards and float independently on back for 20 seconds and on front for 10 seconds.

Starfish
Prerequisites: Completion of Ray level or can swim independently on front and back for 10 yards and float independently on back for 30 seconds and on front for 20 seconds.

Guppy I
Prerequisites: Completion of Starfish or can swim 25 yards of front crawl and back crawl and tread water
30 seconds


SWIM STROKES

Polliwog
Introduces school-age children to the pool and helps them adjust to the water. Swimmers will learn front and back floating skills, paddle stroke on both front and back, and personal safety.

Guppy
Prerequisites: Completion of Polliwog or can swim 25 yards of front crawl and back crawl and tread water 30 seconds.

Minnow
Prerequisites: Completion of Guppy or can swim 25 yards of front and back crawl with good form and can perform breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke for 25 yards.

Fish
Prerequisites: Completion of Minnow or the ability to swim 50 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke and can swim 25 yards rudimentary butterfly

Shark
Prerequisites: Completion of Fish or can swim 100 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and can swim
50 yards of butterfly along with the ability to tread water and survival float for 6 minutes.


FALL 2017 SWIM SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULE

*All swim lessons are 30 minutes*

If you have any questions regarding swim levels, are interested in private lessons or need to schedule an evaluation, please contact Lauren Chiappetta a at swimschool@gwymca.org