West Essex YMCA

Progressive Swim Lessons

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PARENT AND CHILD SWIM LESSONS: 6mos. - 3 years (30 min.)

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

FALL 1 SESSION :
Facility Member: Family FREE / Youth:$99 / Program Member: $158

FALL 2 SESSION:
Facility Member: Family FREE / Youth:$99 / Program Member: $158


WATER DISCOVERY
Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

Mon 10:30am |  Tue 1:30pm | Sat 9:00am or 9:45am


 WATER EXPLORATION
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Fri 11:00am | Sat 10:30am


PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS: 3 - 5 years (30 min.)

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float,
swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit • Jump, push, turn, grab

FALL 1 SESSION :
Facility Member: Family $94 / Youth:$99 / Program Member: $158

FALL 2 SESSION:
Facility Member: Family $94 / Youth:$99 / Program Member: $158


WATER ACCLIMATION
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

 Thu 10:30am, 4:00pm | Fri 5:30pm| Sat 9:00, 9:45am, 10:30am, 1:30pm


 WATER MOVEMENT
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.

Mon 4:00pm | Thu 11:00am or 5:30pm | Fri 10:30am or 4:00pm | Sat 9:00, 9:45am, 10:30am, 1:30pm


 WATER STAMINA
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.

Mon 4:00pm | Wed 5:30pm | Thu 1:30pm | Sat 10:30am, 11:15am


STROKE INTRODUCTION
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.

Tue 4:00pm | Thu 11:30am or 4:00pm | Sat 10:30am


YOUTH SWIM LESSONS: 5 - 12 years (40 min.)

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke

FALL 1 SESSION :
Facility Member: Family $94 / Youth:$99 / Program Member: $158

FALL 2 SESSION:
Facility Member: Family $94 / Youth:$99 / Program Member: $158


WATER ACCLIMATION
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

Mon 4:45pm | Wed 5:30pm | Fri 4:45pm | Sat 9:45am, 11:15am, 12:00pm


 WATER MOVEMENT
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.

Mon 5:30pm | Tue 4:35pm | Wed 4:00pm | Thu 4:35pm | Sat 9am, 11:15am, 12:00pm


 WATER STAMINA
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.

Tue 4:00pm | Wed 4:45pm | Fri 4:45pm | Sat 11:15am, 12:00pm


STROKE INTRODUCTION
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.

Tue 4:45pm | Wed 4:45pm | Thu 4:00pm | Sat 12:00pm or 12:45pm


STROKE DEVELOPMENT
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.

Tue 5:30pm | Wed 4:00pm | Thu 4:45pm | Sat 12:45pm or 1:30pm


 STROKE MECHANICS
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.

Mon 4:45pm | Fri 5:30pm | Sat 12:45pm


Private Swim Lessons

(30 Min Lessons) Private lessons provide the greatest flexibility and one-on-one instruction for all ages and abilities. Please fill out a form at the Welcome Center.

Facility Member: $39 / Program Member: $44

Semi-private Facility Member: $44 / Program Member: $49


Only group classes with 3 or more participants will continue after the first week.  If this happens, we will provide you with other options for your child’s swim instruction. 


Make-up classes will be provided only if the YMCA cancels a class, the facility closes or you can provide a doctor’s note verifying a medical reason for the absence.  There will be no make-up if half the lesson time has lapsed before we stop the lesson.

Credits for cancellations must be requested within 10 days of an absence.  Any requests beyond that time will not be honored.