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YMCA OF
BURLINGTON AND
CAMDEN COUNTIES

Swim Lessons

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The Y has been America’s leading swim instructor for more than 100 years.

The YMCA has been America’s leading swim instructor for more than 100 years and YMCA Swim Programs are nationally recognized programs for children ages 3 through 12 years. Our progressive swim programs help children learn personal growth, stoke development as well as water safety. For children 6 months and older.

 

PARENT/CHILD

30-minute class, 1 Day/Week
Ages 6 months – 3½ years
Locations

Parent Child level Swim lessons provide a positive and friendly aquatic environment that encourages babies and parents to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. This program introduces basic water acclimation, emphasizes basic aquatic safety, and promotes fun atmosphere with songs, water toys, flotation devices and socializing with other children.

This program encourages children to propel themselves through the water and learn basic aquatic safety. It facilitates the transition to swimming at the preschool level without a parent. Swim diapers are required for children not yet toilet trained.

Shrimp/Kipper | 6 months – 1 year
Introduces parent and children to a positive aquatic environment through songs, games and structured play. Child must have head control and ability to sit up.

Inia/Perch | 1 – 3 years
Encourage children to become confident in their aquatic environment under the watchful eye of the parent, while learning basic swim and water safety skills through songs and activities.

Tadpole | 2½ – 3½ years
Transitional program from parent/child to preschool swim. Instructor will help child become more independent of the parent and confident around the water. This class is skill intensive.

 

PRESCHOOL

30-minute class, 1 Day/Week
Ages 3-5 years

Locations

Pike

Beginner | This level is for the beginner (child can not swim on own more than 10 feet, may be fearful of water). Emphasis is on adjustment to group situation and water acclimation, and developing independent movement in the water on front, side, and back with and without floatation devices. Ratio: 1:6

Eel

Intermediate | Student has progressed from Pike level by instructor.
This is an advanced beginner level. The child is comfortable in water can swim 10 yards with flotation and 5 feet without. The child can also perform a front and back float. Ratio: 1:6

Ray

Advanced | Student has progressed from Eel level by instructor. This is an intermediate level. (Child is relaxed in water and can swim 25 yards with flotation on their front, back and side, and can swim 15 feet on their own). Ratio: 1:6

Starfish

Advanced | Student has progressed from Ray level by instructor. Child can swim 20 yards in most strokes (front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke). Child will increase endurance in all strokes and start learning advanced level skills. Ratio: 1:6

 

YOUTH

45-minute class, 1 Day/Week
Ages 6-12 years
Locations

Polliwog

Beginner | This is a beginning level for school-age children. It gets children acquainted with the pool, the use of flotation devices and floating. Ratio: 1:6

Guppy

Advanced Beginner | This advanced beginner level is for children that can swim one length of the pool on their front, back and side for 25 yards. Ratio: 1:6

Minnow

Intermediate | Student has progressed from Guppy level by instructor. This intermediate level is for children who can swim 25 yards of Front Crawl, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke and the basics of Breaststroke and Sidestroke. The child will become proficient in Breaststroke and Sidestroke. Ratio: 1:6

Fish

Advanced | Student has progressed from Minnow level by instructor. This advanced level is for children who can swim 25 yards in most strokes. (Front Crawl, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke and the dolphin kick for Butterfly). Ratio: 1:8

Flying Fish

Advanced | Student has progressed from Fish level by instructor. At this advanced level, students should be able to swim 50 yards of Front Crawl, Backstroke, Sidestroke, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke and 25 yards Butterfly with fins. Ratio: 1:8

 

TEEN/ADULT

45-minute class, 1 Day/Week
Ages 13+ years
Locations

Teen/Adult

Beginner Intermediate | Swim lessons are for individuals with different ability levels. We work with those who are beginners up to advanced swimmers who need stroke refinement. Classes are taught at your ability level, and we work toward the goals of the swimmer.

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