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Swim Lessons for Kids & Teens in Bucks County

From preschoolers to adults, we specialize in all aspects of water safety and lifelong swim skills ranging from overcoming fear of water to upper level stroke development. Learning to swim at the Y is about more than just stroke development. It's a swimmer-centered approach, where students learn through play, hands-on exercises and creative repetition. Children are taught in small groups with swimmers at their skill level. When ready, swimmers can apply their skills to upper level programs like swim team, lap swimming for exercise, lifeguard training and Masters Swimming.

Swimming is an activity you can enjoy your whole life. Let the Y help your family discover the exercise, sport and fun that is swimming!

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

YMCA aquatics offer private and semi-private lessons to allow students to work one-on-one with an instructor on their particular goals and needs. Whether your child is not able to submerge or wants to work on upper-level stroke development, the Y has an instructor that can meet your needs and schedule. Register below.

Private swim lesson contacts
Doylestown, Anahita Mir, 215.348.8132 x1183,
Quakertown, Becky  Musselman, 215-536-9623, x126,
Warminster: Valerie Tanner, 267-387-9622, x2103, vtanner@ymcabucks.org

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Swim Lesson Selector

This quick guide will help you choose the swim stage that is appropriate for you or your child.

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SWIM STAGES

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SWIM STARTERS >

Accompanied by a parents, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills.

A/WATER DISCOVERY Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatics environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Stage A is offered to children through age 5.

B/WATER EXPLORATION In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Stage B is offered to children through age 5.

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SWIM BASICS >

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills.

1/WATER ACCLIMATION Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming. Stage 1 is offered to swim students in three age groups: age 3-5 years, 6-12 years, age 12+.

2/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. Stage 2 is offered to swim students in three age groups: age 3-5 years, 6-12 years, age 12+.

3/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. Stage 3 is offered to swim students in three age groups: age 3-5 years, 6-12 years, age 12+.


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SWIM STROKES >

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

4/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. Stage 4 is offered to swim students in three age groups: age 3-5 years, 6-12 years, age 12+.

5/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. Stage 5 is offered to swim students in two age groups: 6-12 years and age 12+.

6/STROKE MECHANICS | STROKE & TURN Students learn butterfly while continuing to develop endurance while refining breaststroke, back and front crawl and diving. Flip turns and diving from the block are introduced and learn about competitive swimming. Swimmers should successfully complete Stage 5 / for ages 6-12.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Programs are ongoing and billed monthly
New participants begin September 10

Member: August 18 (online, phone or in-person)
Non-member: August 23 (online, phone or in-person)
Online Registration Ends: September 17 (phone and in-person continues through session)

Participants requesting a specific date/time for class are encouraged to register for waitlist even if the class is full, as new classes are added from these.  Contact the program director for assistance in registering for these classes.

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DOYLESTOWN

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Swim Lessons - Parent/Child
A / Water Discovery (6-18 mths)
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B / Parent/Child Water Exploration (19-36 mths)
Parents work with their toddlers to learn fundamental safety and pre-swimming skills like floating, blowing bubbles paddle stroke and kicking. Skills are taught in the context of repetitive songs, fun activities and drills which reinforce physical learning and encourage positive interaction between parent and child. 1:6 ratio
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Stage 1 Water Acclimation- Parent/Child Swim Classes (3 to 5 yrs)
Kids learn safe water habits, underwater exploration, how to swim to safety and exit the water. Lessons are a mix of activities, games and drills. Preschoolers develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for kids who aren't yet comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water. 1:6 ratio

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Swim Lessons - Preschool
Stage 1 Water Acclimation, Preschool (age 3-5 years)
1:3 ratio; Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 2 when you are willing to go under water voluntarily, you can front and back float, and glide with assistance.


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Stage 2 Water Movement, preschool (3 to 5 yrs)
1:4 ratio; Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water, while continuing to practice how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 3 when you can do a front and back float on your own, front and back glide for 5’ (preschoolers) or 10’ (school age).

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Stage 3 Water Stamina, preschool (3 to 5 yrs)
Students learn to swim longer distances. They learn how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of their arms and legs. Move to Stage 4 when you can swim 10 yards on your front and back and swim-float-swim 15 yards. Ratio 1:5
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Stage 4 Stroke Introduction, preschool (3 to 5 yrs)
Students 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. Move to Stage 5 when you can swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, front and back crawl with rotary breathing, swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Ratio 1:4
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Swim Lessons - School Age
STAGE 1 / Water Acclimation (6-12 yrs)
Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 2 when you are willing to go under water voluntarily, you can front and back float, and glide with assistance. Ratio 1:5 |
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
STAGE 3 Water Stamina - School-age (6 to 12 yrs)
Students learn to swim longer distances. They learn how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of their arms and legs. Move to Stage 4 when you can swim 15 yards on your front and back and swim-float-swim 25 yards. 1:6 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
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Stage 4 Stroke Introduction, school-age (6 to 12 yrs)
Students 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. Move to Stage 5 when you can swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, front and back crawl with rotary breathing, swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Ratio 1:4

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Stage 5 Stroke Development, school-age (6 to 12 yrs)
Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Move to Stage 6 when you can swim 50 yards continuously of any stroke, 25 yards of good front crawl, side-stroke, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. Ratio 1:6
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6/7 / Stroke Mechanics & Advanced Stroke Mechanics (6-12 yrs)
Students learn butterfly while continuing to develop endurance while refining breaststroke, back and front crawl and diving. Flip turns and diving from the block are introduced and learn about competitive swimming. Students who have completed Stage 6 can move on to Stage 7 for more advanced stroke drills and endurance. Butterfly open turn is introduced in this stage. Students in this stage are working towards swim team and competitive swimming. 1:6 ratio
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Swim Evaluations (all ages)
Complimentary swim evaluations
Complimentary swim evaluations to help place your child in the correct class are available free of charge. Connect with our aquatics department  at 215.348.8132.
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Swim Team (age 6-21)
Intramural - Academy | Dolphins Club (6 to 12 yrs)
Please contact Tim Ryan, head coach, 215.348.8132, x1149 if you have questions.
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Competitive - SENIOR (14 to 18 yrs)
Online registration not available. Contact Tim Ryan to inquire about registration, 215.348.8132, x1149
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Competitive - Age Group 1 (6 to 9 yrs)
Online registration is not available.
Contact Tim Ryan to inquire about registration, 215.348.8132, x1149
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Competitive - Age Group 2 (10 to 14 yrs)
Online registration not available. Contact Tim Ryan to inquire about registration, 215.348.8132, x1149
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Swim Academy - Intramural (6-12 yrs)
Intramural Team for ages 6-12. Contact Coach Tim Ryan to inquire at tryan@ymcabucks.org
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Dolphins Personal Coaching
Please contact Tim Ryan for information on Dolphins personal coaching at tryan@ymcabucks.org
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Swim Lessons - Adult/Teen
Adult & Teen Swim Lessons
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Masters Swim (18 yrs+)
It's like a Swim Team for adults. Workout for health seekers through advanced swimming. As a sanctioned USMS team, all participants have the opportunity to individually enter into Master's meets.
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Pre-natal Swim Lessons - Doylestown
Baby: Let's Move

Making a splash in the pool can provide one of the safest exercises while you're expecting since it is low impact and the water supports your joints and ligaments. Feeling buoyant in the water despite pregnancy weight gain is a bonus. Our prenatal water aerobics is a great way to get some exercise without putting too much pressure on your body and joints, as well as taking some ""me time"" for you before your baby arrives.

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Contact:

Doylestown 

Anahita Mir
Director of Aquatics

215.348.8132 x1183

QUAKERTOWN

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Swim Lessons - Preschool
1 / Water Acclimation (3 to 5 yrs)
In Stage 1, Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 2 when you are willing to go under water voluntarily, you can front and back float, and glide with assistance. 1:4 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
2 / Water Movement (3 to 5 yrs)
Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water , while continuing to practice how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 3 when you can do a front and back float on your own, front and back glide for 5'. Ratio 1:5 | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
3 / Water Stamina (3 to 5 yrs)
Students learn to swim longer distances. They learn how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of their arms and legs. Move to Stage 4 when you can swim 10 yards on your front and back and swim-float-swim 15 yards. Ratio 1:5. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
4 / Stroke Introduction (3 to 5 yrs)
Students 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. Move to Stage 5 when you can swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, front and back crawl with rotary breathing, swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Ratio 1:6 | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Swim Lessons - Parent/Child
A / Water Discovery (6 to 36 mths)
Stage A introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water with a parent/caretaker whom they trust. 1:12 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
B / Water Exploration (2 to 4 yrs)
Parents work with their toddlers to learn fundamental safety and pre-swimming skills like floating, blowing bubbles, paddle stroke and kicking. Skills are taught in the context of repetitive songs, fun activities and drills which reinforce physical learning and encourage positive interaction between parent and child. 1:10 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Swim Lessons - Adult/Teen
Adult & Teen Swim Lessons
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Swim Team
Competitive Swim Team
Our swim team involves all ability levels and competes in the PennDel Swim league. The Barracudas are an age-level team split into groups based on age and ability.  Registration is not available online. Contact our aquatics office at 215.536.9622.
 
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Mini Barracudas (5-9 yrs)
An introduction to competitive swimming with an emphasis on instruction and developmental drills to teach the four competitive strokes. Participants must be able to swim one full length of the pool with the beginning concept of rotary breathing and be able to stay afloat on their back while moving the arms.
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Swim Lessons -School Age
1 / Water Acclimation (6 to 12 yrs)
Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 2 when you are willing to go under water voluntarily, you can front and back float, and glide with assistance. Ratio 1:5 | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
2 / Water Movement (6 to 12 yrs)
Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water , while continuing to practice how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 3 when you can do a front and back float on your own, front and back glide for 10'. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
3 / Water Stamina (6 to 12 yrs)
Students learn to swim longer distances. They learn how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of their arms and legs. Move to Stage 4 when you can swim 15 yards on your front and back and swim-float-swim 25 yards. 1:6 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
4 / Stroke Introduction (6 to 12 yrs)
Students 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. Move to Stage 5 when you can swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, front and back crawl with roatary breathing, swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
5 / Stroke Development (6 to 12 yrs)
Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Move to Stage 6 when you can swim 50 yards continuously of any stroke, 25 yards of good front crawl, side-stroke, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
6 / Stroke Mechanics (6 to 12 yrs)
Students learn butterfly while continuing to develop endurance while refining breaststroke, back and front crawl and diving. Flip turns and diving from the block are introduced and learn about competitive swimming. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  

Contact:

Quakertown 

Becky  Musselman
Advanced Director of Aquatics and Ability Programs - Quakertown

215-536-8841, x126

WARMINSTER

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Swim Lessons -Private/Semi-Private
Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs-Adult)
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Semi Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs-Adult)
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Swim Lessons - School Age
1 / Water Acclimation (6-12 yrs)
Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 2 when you are willing to go under water voluntarily, you can front and back float, and glide with assistance. Ratio 1:5 | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
2 / Water Movement (6-12 yrs)
Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water , while continuing to practice how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 3 when you can do a front and back float on your own, front and back glide for 10'. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
3 / Water Stamina (6-12 yrs)
Students learn to swim longer distances. They learn how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of their arms and legs. Move to Stage 4 when you can swim 15 yards on your front and back and swim-float-swim 25 yards. 1:6 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
4 / Stroke Introduction (6-12 yrs)
Students 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. Move to Stage 5 when you can swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, front and back crawl with roatary breathing, swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
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Stroke & Turn (6-12 yrs)
Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes while continuing to develop endurance. Flip turns are introduced. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Swim Lessons - Parent/Child
A / Water Discovery (6-18 mths)
Stage A introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water with a parent/caretaker whom they trust. 1:12 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
B / Water Exploration (19-36 mths)
Parents work with their toddlers to learn fundamental safety and pre-swimming skills like floating, blowing bubbles, paddle stroke and kicking. Skills are taught in the context of repetitive songs, fun activities and drills which reinforce physical learning and encourage positive interaction between parent and child. 1:10 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
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1 / Water Acclimation (3-5 yrs) - Parent/Child
Kids learn safe water habits, underwater exploration, how to swim to safety and exit the water. Lessons are a mix of activities, games and drills. Preschoolers develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for kids who aren?t yet comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water. 1:8 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
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Preschool Swim (3 to 5 yrs)
1 / Water Acclimation (3-5 yrs) - Preschool
In Stage 1, Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 2 when you are willing to go under water voluntarily, you can front and back float, and glide with assistance. 1:4 ratio. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
2 / Water Movement (3-5 yrs)
Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water , while continuing to practice how to safely get out of the water if they fall in. Move to Stage 3 when you can do a front and back float on your own, front and back glide for 5'. Ratio 1:4 | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
3-4 / Water Stamina & Stroke Intro
Students learn to swim longer distances. They learn how to do rhythmic breathing and integrate movements of their arms and legs. Students 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. Move to Stage 5 when you can swim 15 yards doing the elementary backstroke, front and back crawl with roatary breathing, swim-float-swim 25 yards and 15 yards of breaststroke and butterfly kicks. | **Swim lessons are designed as a progressive set of skills taught and evaluated for advancement every 8 weeks. For the best possible learning experience, we encourage participants to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of lessons.**
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  

Contact:

Valerie Tanner
Advanced Branch Director

267-387-9622, x2103