The Y Aquatics Program is participant-centered. The emphasis is on learning, not passing or failing. Each development level is divided into 5 components which include personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games, and rescue. It is not uncommon for a child to repeat any given level.
Our swimming lessons are specifically tailored to the child’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development, and confidence in the water. The participant will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.
Parents and children can come together to learn and grow in Parent/Child Swim Starters Aquatics Program. 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.
A / WATER DISCOVERY
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
B / WATER EXPLORATION
Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.