At this level, children usually begin attending classes without their parents. This level helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort in holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming.
This advanced beginner level reinforces Pike skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to flutter kick, dive, float, and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim 15 feet without assistance by the end of this level.
At this level children review previous skills, improve stroke skills, build endurance by swimming on their front and back, and learn to tread water and perform more progressive diving skills. Children can swim 20 feet on their front, side and back without assistance by the end of this level.
Children at this level review previously learned skills and refine their crawl and backstrokes and floating skills. They also learn underwater swimming skills. Children can swim 40 feet on their front, side and back at the end of this level.
When to arrive:
15 minutes before
Please note that a swim cap is required to enter YMCA pools. A swim evaluation will be performed to assess ability and determine appropriate level to start.
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