Youth Swim Lessons
Imagine watching your child swim across the pool for the first time. Or learn a new stroke that they didn't think they could ever do. When your kids take a swim lesson with the Y, they’ll gain confidence and learn new skills in a fun, caring environment. Not to mention the benefits of staying active and healthy!
At the Y we offer a wide range of swimming options for the whole family. Classes are divided into ability groups and trained instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills while guiding with praise and encouragement. The Monroeville Area YMCA makes water safety a priority for our community. Participants begin with a swim test to determine their current swimming level and will develop new skills at each level through progressive formatted lessons.
As the Y invented the concept of swim lessons, there is no organization more qualified to teach children aquatic safety. Our classes include five main components:
- Personal safety: Activities that help increase awareness of personal safety issues for both child and parent
- Personal growth: Activities that help child and parent grow in spirit, mind, and body, including character development
- Stroke development: Activities that improve swimming abilities so children can move in the water safely
- Water sports and games: Activities to develop an appreciation of aquatic activities for a lifetime of fun in the water, including age-appropriate games.
- Rescue: Activities that build awareness of how to help others in aquatic emergencies
Swim to play. Swim to live.
PARENT/CHILD SWIM LESSONS (AGES 6 MO – 3 YEARS)
This class is designed to introduce infants and toddlers to the water with the comfort of their parent. The class strengthens the amount of trust between parent and child while teaching parents how to encourage aquatic activity with their child. A parent must be in the water with each child at all times, and children should wear a tight-fitting swimsuit with swim diaper underneath.
Research shows that participating in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in children between the ages of 1-4, but we know that the water can sometimes be a scary place for children. Our Parent-Child Swim classes offer the perfect way for parents and guardians to share in the joy of helping children swim confidently for the very first time.
“My son is only 6-months-old, so it was important to me that I could get in the water with him. I love that my baby is already learning to be safe in the water.”
PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS (AGES 3-5)
The preschool swim program has three levels designed to help children progress and build elementary swimming and safety skills. Children are placed in small groups with the YMCA trained instructors. Class emphasis is on developing the coordination, endurance, and self-confidence of the preschooler.
“It’s amazing to see your child go from being afraid of the water, to jumping in and swimming to the other side of the pool. You hear about accidents all the time, so making sure our daughter could swim was a huge priority for her dad and me.”
YOUTH LESSONS (AGES 6-12 YEARS)
The School-Aged swim program has six levels designed to help children grow personally and develop strokes and safety skills. Emphasis is on endurance, personal safety, skill development, and lifesaving techniques.
“Living in Monroe County, there’s water everywhere. Even though you try to keep an eye on them, something can happen in a second. After enrolling her in swim lessons at the Y, I have peace of mind knowing my 7-year-old can safely get herself across the pool and out of the water.”
Adult Lessons (ages 13 and up)
Swimming builds self-confidence and develops the whole person- spirit, mind, and body. Classes are divided into ability groups and trained instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills while guiding with praise and encouragement. The Monroeville Area YMCA makes water safety a priority for our community. Participants begin with a swim test to determine their current swimming level and will develop new skills at each level through progressive formatted lessons.
Adult swim lessons are for those individuals who wish to learn to swim or those who want to improve their technique. Classes have a low student-to-instructor ratio, which allows for personal instruction in each class. Skills emphasized include: basic water acclimation, floating, treading, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, diving, and much more.
PRIVATE LESSONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE!
Private lessons are offered for those who are looking for one-on-one instruction or those who just need that extra push to learn how to swim.
*Swim Lessons are only OFFERED during the summer months*
For more information please contact Caleb Smith - Program Director
Email: [email protected]