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YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

Group Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons at the Y

The Y invented the concept of group swim lessons, which leads us to say that there is no organization more qualified to teach your child water safety. The Y’s latest national swim lessons curriculum ensures the same accredited and high-quality experience at every YMCA throughout the country. Utilizing a clear progression track based upon age and ability, participants build confidence to reach swimming skill milestones. As drowning is a leading cause of death among children and adults, all lessons emphasize personal safety around water. Build confidence with every stroke.

Benefits of our YMCA Approach Include

  • Accommodating students of all ages and abilities in small class ratios, which means more time with your child
  • Providing personalized attention in a supportive environment by certified instructors
  • Improving communication about skill progression through definitive milestones
  • Fostering connection through new friendships and group activities
  • Featuring three phases – Swim Starters, Swim Basics and Swim Strokes, there are multiple stages within each based upon the swimmer’s age and ability.

Swim Starters Infant/Toddler

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. Advanced infants and toddlers will focus on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. A parent / caregiving is required to be in the water at all times with the infant / toddler during this stage.

  • Age: 6 months to 36 months
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None
  • Skills Practiced:
    • Breath Control – blowing bubbles
    • Swimming on Front – front tow, front float
    • Swimming on Back – back float, back tow
    • Water Safety – roll from back to front and front to back, grabbing the wall

Branches Offering Swim Starters

Swim Basics Preschool

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning 2 benchmark skills: swim/float/swim and jump/push/turn/grab. During the school year, we combine Stages 1-3 into one swim basics class. Although combined, instructors are able to teach to each student’s ability. Stage 1 increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Stage 2 encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Stage 3 develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Classes do not exceed a 1:6 instructor to student ratio.

  • Age: 3 years old to 5 years old
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None
  • Skills Practiced:
    • Breath Control – submerge, bobbing and retrieving an object
    • Swimming on front – front glide, front float and swimming on front
    • Swimming on back – back float, back glide and swimming on back
    • Water Safety – water exit, roll and treading water
    • Benchmark skills – swim/float/swim and jump/push/turn/grab

Branches Offering Swim Basics Preschool

Swim Basics School Age

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning 2 benchmark skills: swim/float/swim and jump/push/turn/grab. During the school year, we combine Stages 1-3 into one swim basics class. Although combined, instructors are able to teach to each student’s ability. Stage 1 increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Stage 2 encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Stage 3 develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Classes do not exceed a 1:6 instructor to student ratio.

  • Age: 6 years old to 12 years old
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None
  • Skills Practiced:
    • Breath Control – submerge, bobbing and retrieving an object
    • Swimming on front – front glide, front float and swimming on front
    • Swimming on back – back float, back glide and swimming on back
    • Water Safety – water exit, roll and treading water
    • Benchmark skills – swim/float/swim and jump/push/turn/grab

Branches Offering Swim Basics School Age

Swim Strokes – Stage 4

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

  • Age: 5 years old to 12 years old
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: Successful completion of all stage 3 skills
  • Skills Practiced:
    • Swim on front – front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly
    • Swim on back – back crawl
    • Water safety – dive, restring stroke, treading water

Branches Offering Swim Strokes – Stage 4

Swim Strokes – Stages 5/6

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. They also learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

  • Age: 5 years old to 12 years old
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: Successful completion of all stage 4 skills
  • Skills Practiced:
    • Swim on front – front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly
    • Swim on back – back crawl
    • Water safety – dive, restring stroke, treading water

Branches Offering Swim Strokes Stages 5/6

If you’re having difficulty choosing the appropriate stage, the Y’s Swim Lessons Selector can help, or give us a call at your local branch and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

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