YMCA of Greater Bergen County

Swimming Lessons

New Monthly Drafting for Swim Lessons

The YMCA has a long history of teaching swimming lessons. In fact, the Y is credited for being the first to develop a group swim instruction program in 1906.

We have come a long way since that first group swimming lesson, and we’re excited to present the latest upgrades to you. This new swimming curriculum was created by the YMCA of the USA to meet the needs of all Ys in communities nationwide and focuses on a core group of water skills every person needs to be safe around water. These core swimming skills naturally progress to the development of competitive swim strokes. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety. Our new swim lesson curriculum is based on extensive research, and we look forward to seeing swimmers advance more quickly through the stages.

The fun fish names we previously used to identify the different levels have been replaced with names that more closely relate to the skills we will be working on in each stage.Swim lessons are now organized into three phases, and each phase includes several stages focused on a specific skill set.

All our swimming lessons take place at our facility at 360 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. A convenient location for Hackensack residents as well as residents of nearby towns in Bergen County such as Teaneck, Fort Lee, Leonia and Ridgefield Park.

To check swim lesson availability - call our welcome center at 201-487-6600 x0

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Swim Lesson Prices and Schedule

Currently Enrolled Participants

If your child was in our enrolled in spring or summer program you do not need a swim evaluation. Please register at the front desk.

New Participants and Returning Participants:

Beginners registering prior to September 22nd, may register at the front desk. Those registering after September 22nd-June 1st, 2019 will need to email their class request to the Aquatic Department at gb-aquatics@metroymcas.org . Please include your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for class age/day/time.

Non-Beginners: swim evaluations are required for all non-beginners. Children who can swim 10 yards, unassisted will need to be evaluated for proper placement.

To check swim lesson availability - call our welcome center at 201-487-6600

 YMCA Swim Lesson Schedules:

 

Specialized  Swim Tracks

Pathways: Specialized tracks (Ages 6-17, Ratio 1:15)

Stroke School for those who already swim and want to improve their strokes, this class focuses on proven techniques and training tips that will make your strokes more efficient and increase your stamina. The class is taught by professionally certified instructors who enjoy swimming as a life sport.

Friday: 4:30-5:30 pm

Sunday: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Competitive Stroke School is for those who want to improve their swimming skills without a full competitive schedule. Focus will be on advanced competitive techniques that help maintain endurance, increase speed and add power to each stroke, start and turn.

Tuesday: 5:40-6:40 pm

Saturday: 9:00-10:00 am

Swim Lesson Levels

Parent and Child Swim Lessons:
6 mos. - 3 years (30-min lessons)


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.

 


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

 


Preschool Swim Lessons: 3 - 5 years (30-min lessons)


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.

 


 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.

 


 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.

 


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.

 


School Age Swim Lessons: 6 - 12 years (40-min lessons)
Teen and Adult Swim Lessons: 13+ years (45-min lessons)


 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.

 


 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.

 


 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.

 


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.

 


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.

 


 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.

 

 

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons (Ages 3 – Adult)

Private swim lessons are offered for children and adults who are interested in mastering a swimming skill or for those with special needs, or those seeking one on one instruction.

Lesson times are based on instructor and pool availability and subject to change.

We offer a variety of options: single class, 4 class package, or a 8 class package. All private lessons are 30 minutes unless otherwise noted.

To schedule a private lesson, please contact the welcome center to fill out a private lesson inquiry form or email the aquatic director. dabreu@metroymcas.org 

LIFE-SAVING SKILLS, MADE FUN!

For more information contact our Aquatic Department at 201-487-6600 x213 or dabreu@metroymcas.org 

Private Swim Lesson Form

Swim Evaluations

Current Enrollees: if your child was in our spring or summer program you do not need a swim evaluation. Please register at the front desk.

New or non current enrollees: beginners registering prior to September 22nd, may register at the front desk.Those registering after September 22nd-June 1st 2020 will need to email their class requests to the aquatic department at gb-aquatics@metroymcas.org . Please include your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for class age/day/time.

Non Beginners: Swim evaluations are required for all non beginners. Children who can swim 10 yards, unassisted will nee to be evaluated for proper class placement.

Swim Evaluation Time: Please bring bathing suit and towel. A swim cap is required if hair is chin length or longer.  Goggles are optional.

Evaluations will be held: Monday-Thursday, 4:00 - 4:30 pm or by appointment only.

Additional Evaluation Times are available please contact Danielle Abreu Aquatic Director at dabreu@metroymcas.org  

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