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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.

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.


Level A1 & A2
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.



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



Level 1 
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







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.






Level 7
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