West Essex YMCA

Progressive Swim Lessons

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, the YMCA swim lesson curriculum is getting an upgrade.
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Parent/Child Swim Lessons

Summer Session: June 26 - August 27 (9 weeks, 1x a week)
Facility Member: WE Y Family FREE/Youth $112 Program Member: SM Y and WE Y $178

Summer Session 1: June 26 - July 30 (5 weeks, 2x a week)
Facility Member: WE Y Family FREE/Youth $124 Program Member: SM Y and WE Y $198

Summer Session 2: July 31 - August 27 (4 weeks, 2x a week)
Facility Member: WE Y Family FREE/Youth $99 Program Member: SM Y and WE Y $158


Shrimp 1 (6 months - 2 years)

An introduction to water adjustment, safety, and basic swimming skills for parent and child. A positive early experience in water through song and games. An adult must accompany the child in the water.

Friday     10:00am

Sat         9am, 9:45am


Shrimp 2 (Ages 2-3)

An introduction to water adjustment, safety, and basic swimming skills for parent and child. A positive early experience in water through song and games. An adult must accompany the child in the water.

Sat         10:30am

*It is ok to place child in Shrimp 1 if preferred.


 

Preschool and Youth Swim Lessons

Summer Session: June 26- August 27 (9 weeks, 1x a week)
Facility Member: WE Y Family $106/Youth $112 Program Member: SM Y WE Y $178

Summer Session 1: June 26 - July 30 (5 weeks, 2x a week)
Facility Member: WE Y Family $117/Youth $124 Program Member: SM Y WE Y $198

Summer Session 2: July 31 - August 27 (4 weeks, 2x a week)
Facility Member: WE Y Family $94/Youth $99 Program Member: SM Y WE Y $158


Preschool Ages 3-5 (30 Min Lessons)


 

Pike (Ages 3-5)

Instructors lead children in their first experience in the pool without parental assistance. They will learn about pool safety, proper arm and leg motions, and be introduced to floating. Students will paddle 5 feet without assistance.

Monday and Friday   5pm

Tuesday and Thursday  11:30am     

Tuesday and Thursday  5:45pm   

Saturday        9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 1:30pm


Eel (Ages 3-5)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Pike. Students will paddle over 5 yards in various positions, do a 10 second back float, jump from the edge and swim to the side. Students will demonstrate all skills without assistant.

Monday and Wednesday   12:00pm

Tuesday and Thursday  5:45pm   

Saturday         9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 1:30pm


Ray (Ages 3-5)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Eel. Students will paddle 12 yards and learn rhythmic breathing. They will be introduced to diving and elementary backstroke. Students will jump from starting blocks.

Wednesday and Friday   12:00pm

Saturday        10:30am, 11:15am


Starfish (Ages 3-5)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Ray. Students will swim one lap of elementary and basic backstroke, basic freestyle, and master a kneeling dive.

Tuesday and Thursday  12:00pm   

Saturday        10:30am


Youth Ages 6-14 (40 Min Lessons)


Polliwog (Ages 6-13)

Beginner or non-swimmer students will get acquainted with the pool and learn pool safety. Students will learn front and back floating, and paddle 12 yards in various positions. Students will demonstrate all skills without assistance.

Monday and Wednesday  12:35PM

Tuesday and Thursday  5:00pm   

Wednesday and  Friday  5:00pm   

Saturday         9:45am, 11:15am, 12pm

Guppy (Ages 6-13)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Polliwog.  Students begin learning freestyle, elementary backstroke and backstroke. Students will swim 25 yards. Breaststroke kick is introduced along with treading water and basic diving skills.

Monday and Wednesday  5:45pm

Tuesday and Thursday  5:00pm   

Saturday         9am, 11:15am, 12pm

Minnow (Ages 6-13)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Guppy. Students will swim 50 yards of formal strokes, including coordination of breathing, kick and arm motions. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke will be covered. Butterfly kick, standing and stride dives are introduced.

Monday and Wednesday  5:45PM

Tuesday and Thursday  12:35pm   

Saturday         11:15am, 12pm

Fish (Ages 6-13)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Minnow. Students will learn butterfly, refine the other strokes, and swim 75 yards with proper breathing. Students will learn proper starts, turns and diving skills.

Wednesday and Friday  5:45PM

Tuesday and Thursday  5:00pm   

Saturday         12pm, 12:45pm

Flying Fish (Ages 6-13)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Fish. Students will develop racing starts, learn bilateral breathing, and increase endurance. Students will refine butterfly over 50 yards, and swim all other strokes 150 yards.

Monday and Wednesday  5:00PM

Tuesday and Thursday  12:35pm   

Saturday         12:45pm, 1:30pm

Porpoise (Ages 6-13)

Prerequisite: Successfully complete Flying Fish. Structured for advanced swimmers with knowledge of all four competitive strokes, students will learn to swim a 200 individual medley. Students will gain endurance with long swims while still working on minor stroke refinements. Students will learn basic lifeguard techniques.

Monday and Wednesday  5:00PM

Tuesday and Thursday  5:45pm   

Saturday         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.