Swim School is Back! 

We are excited to announce the return of Swim School beginning July 25th, resuming our Winter Session.

Taking into account the Covid-19 social distancing requirements, one significant change is that we will not be able to run parent child lessons concurrent with preschool and youth lessons on the weekends.

Proposed Plans:

  • Preschool and Youth Classes
  • Monday through Friday lessons will continue on their regularly scheduled day
  • The first class will begin at 2:10 PM  instead of our usual 3:40 PM
  • Weekend participants will have the option to move to a weekday class or between beginning at 12 PM on weekends

Pre-Team

  • Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Parent-Child Lessons

  • Wednesday beginning at 8:40 AM
  • Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 AM

Private Lessons

  • Will resume the week of August 3rd

You will receive an email from Swim School by Tuesday, July 21 confirming your lesson time and day.  Please respond to that email ASAP to confirm the updated class day and time.  

If you are a weekend participant who is looking to switch to a weekday, you will receive an email to confirm your request for a new day by Wednesday, July 22nd.

*Please note that we are using this specific time to complete the Winter Session.  No refunds or credits will be provided for future replacement.*

PROCEDURES:

  • Please arrive at the YMCA 10 minutes prior to you class start time to allow for time to check in at the Front Desk
  • There will be a sign in and sign out outside of the pool door. Please sign your child in and out before and after each lesson. You must remain in the building during your child’s lesson. No exceptions.
  • Instructors will be wearing face shields while teaching in the water and reusable masks on deck
  • There will be ten minutes between classes to allow for social distancing
  • Participants are asked to wait in the hall way prior to class.
    • Once the previous class has cleared the pool deck, the next class will be let into the pool area. As you enter please stay to the right.
    • Leave your child’s mask on until they have their belonging set down and they are ready to sit on the side of the pool
  • All participants of school age (Kindergarten and up) will be required to wear a mask
  • Once your child’s class is done they will be instructed to put their mask back on, retrieve their belongings and exit the pool. Parents should wait outside the silver door for their children.
  • All parents should watch their child’s lessons from the Observation Deck. With capacity issues related to social distancing, parents will only be allowed on deck to help their children to their class, if needed.

As a note, instructors may be different from the start of class. Please be aware that all of our instructors are trained in the YMCA National Curriculum we use.

Questions? We’d love to help. 

For more information, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Aquatics Director and Swim School Specialist, at lchiappetta@gwymca.org


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.


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.