Swim

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Try our Swim Flow Chart to help you determine your child’s swim level.

This tool is designed to assist parents in evaluating their child’s swimming skills. The YMCA will provide a quick swim evaluation during the first day of each swim session to ensure correct level placement for the child’s best learning environment. Please answer the questions below regarding your child’s swimming ability to place him or her in the correct class.

Note: Swimmers ages 13 and up can take adult swim lessons.

How Old is Your Child?

At the Y, we are dedicated to providing student-centered swim lessons designed to nurture the development of each individual participant through our unique and dynamic group lessons. To help you determine which lesson level will create the best learning environment for your child, click through the options below.

6 to 36 Months 3 to 5 Years 6 to 12 Years
WATERBABIES

With the help of songs, games, and social activities parents work hand-in-hand with our team in the water as we introduce water skills based on each child's unique development level. At this level parents will be in the water with their child.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Can your child swim independently on their front and back without a flotation (i.e. bubble, noodle, etc)?
No
Pike

This is an introductory swimming level. Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child willingly submerge underwater?
No
Pike

Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Does your child put his face in the water when he swims?
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 15 feet
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Ray

For children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and their face is in the water with rhythmic breathing.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Will your child go underwater and float independently on their front/back without flotation?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child (without flotation) swim 15 yards without stopping and fully submerge?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 25 yards of front crawl and back crawl with good form?
No
Guppy

For swimmers able to complete at least 15 yards of front and back crawl independently. Our team will focus on progressive technique for the front and back crawl as well as the side stroke.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your swimmer demonstrate at least 25 yards of breaststroke?
No
Minnow

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of front and back crawl. Our team focuses on building swim endurance, enhancing stroke technique, and introducing breaststroke movements.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Fish

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of breaststroke, 50 yards of freestyle, and 50 yards of backstroke. Our team will focus on building endurance, teaching advanced swim technique, and introducing butterfly.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Start Over


Home School Swim and Gym

Ages: 5 – 14 years

The YMCA Home School Swim and Gym program is a great way to work physical activity, healthy living, socialization and play into your homeschool curriculum. The goal of swim and gym classes is to have planned individual and cooperative physical activity and fitness assessments promoting the students’ optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Participants will learn sports and swimming skills while developing social relationships.

Sessions:
August 26-October 14
October 21-December 16 (will not meet on 11/25 for Thanksgiving)
January 6-February 24
March 2-April 27 (will not meet on 3/30 for Spring Break)

Day/time: Wednesdays, 9-11:45 a.m.

Cost:
Members: $35
Non-members: $70

Register online or fill out a registration form at the front desk.

Download: Home School Swim & Gym Registration Form

For more information, contact Melissa Hope.


Triathlon Swim Clinics

Triathlon swimming is easier said than done, but what if it could be easier for you? Join USA Triathlon coach Stefanie Cain for a session to learn how to improve your form (and ultimately speed) and skills to help you not only survive the water but also conserve energy for the bike and run!

Ages: 18 & up

Cost: $20 YMCA members/$30 non-members

Registration: opens July 1

Focus on getting stronger and more limber

Learn how to get stronger and more limber and get some workouts to put in your bank that will help you increase your speed and endurance.

Dates/Times:
August 8, 10:15-11:15 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
August 29, 10:15-11:15 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Focus on stroke balance and training for open water

During these sessions, we will focus on developing stroke balance to prevent overuse and injuries and prepare you for optimal open water swimming.

Dates/Times:
September 12, 10:15-11:15 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
September 26, 10:15-11:15 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Erin Roof.


Splash Pad Summer 2015

Splash Pad Summer 2015

Hours:

June 6 – August 9:
Mondays-Fridays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.*
*Summer Day Camp will be using the Splash Pad Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to noon
Saturdays: 12-5 p.m.
Sundays: 1-5 p.m.

Special Family Nights (6-9 p.m.)
June 13
July 18

*Please note that the Splash Pad has to be closed occasionally due to inclement weather. It’s always a safe bet to call the Y to make sure it’s open before you go. 803.407.8007

 

 


Seals Summer Swim Team

The NorthWest Family YMCA Seals Summer Swim Team teaches the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. The swim team provides a competitive experience for boys and girls in the summer months. Swimmers improve their strokes and build their endurance under the guidance of an excellent coaching staff. The primary objective is FUN!

Ages: 4-18 years

Cost:
Members: $165
Non-members: 185
Discount for each additional sibling.

Season:
May 18-July 21, 2015
Weekly meets with a Championship meet at the end of the season.

Practice: Monday through Friday, between 7 and 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Jeff Mead.


Try Scuba!

The Try Scuba event will allow members the opportunity to see what it is like to Scuba Dive. Each participant will be given a ten-minute introduction to the equipment and twenty minutes of actual scuba time with a licensed scuba instructor.

Date: Saturday, July 18

Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m. in 30-minute sessions

Ages: 8+

Cost: $20 YMCA members/$30 non-members

For more information, contact Blake Brown.


Adult Swim Lessons

Ages: 13 and up

The YMCA Adult Lesson plan offers an introduction to the water for those seeking to learn how to swim. The goal of these lessons is to make the adults competent, confident, and successful swimmers.

Saturdays: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sessions:
May 23-June 27 (registration opens May 2 for members, May 9 for non-members)
July 11-August 15 (registration opens June 20 for members, June 27 for non-members)
August 22-September 26 (registration opens August 1 for members, August 8 for non-members)

Cost:
Members: $40 / person per session
Non-members: $100 / person per session

For more information, contact Blake Brown.


Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

These lessons follow the YMCA of the USA Progressive Swim Lesson Program. There are six levels of progressively challenging YMCA swim classes covering all strokes, diving fundamentals and safety skills. Lessons are offered during the weekdays as well as the weekends.

The purpose of the Y Swim Lessons Program is to develop competency in swimming along with confidence and endurance.  The goals of the program are to teach personal safety, personal growth and stroke development in a values-based environment.  Your child will be advanced to the next level only when he or she proficiently and safely performs the skills within his or her level. We teach individually to each child to advance their skills. We expect each child to learn and progress at his or her own rate.

Registration: See below for registration dates for each session. Starting in Spring 2015, Registration for weekday lessons opens three Thursdays prior to session start date for members and two Thursdays prior to session start date for non-members. Registration for Saturday lessons opens three weeks before session start date for members and two weeks for non-members.

Download: Summer swim lessons information and registration form

Cost:
Members: $35
Non-Members: $70

Summer Sessions

Monday-Thursday, 2 weeks:
June 8 – June 18 (registration opens May 21 for members, May 28 for non-members)
June 22 – July 2 (registration opens June 4 for members, June 11 for non-members)
July 6 – July 16 (registration opens June 18 for members, June 25 for non-members)
July 20 – July 30 (registration opens July 2 for members, July 9 for non-members)
August 3 – August 13 (registration opens July 16 for members, July 23 for non-members)

Pike: 9-9:30 a.m., 10:30-11 a.m., 3-3:30 p.m. or 5:10-5:40 p.m.

Eel/Ray/Starfish: 12-12:30 p.m., 4:30-5 p.m. or 6:40-7:10 p.m.

Polliwog: 9:40-10:20 a.m., 11:10-11:50 a.m., 3:40-4:20 p.m., 5:50-6:30 p.m.

Guppy: 12-12:30 p.m. or 7:20-8 p.m.

Minnow/Fish: 7:20-8 p.m.

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
May 23-June 27 (registration opens May 2 for members, May 9 for non-members)
July 11-August 15 (registration opens June 20 for members, June 27 for non-members)
August 22-September 26 (registration opens August 1 for members, August 8 for non-members)

Pike: 9-9:3 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m.

Eel/Ray/Starfish: 11:10-11:40 a.m.

Polliwog: 9:40-10:20 a.m.

Guppy/Minnow/Fish: 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Sunday Sessions, 6 weeks:
May 24-June 28 (registration opens May 2 for members, May 9 for non-members)
July 12-August 16 (registration opens June 20 for members, June 27 for non-members)
August 23-September 27 (registration opens August 1 for members, August 8 for non-members)

Pike: 2-2:30 p.m. or 3:30-4 p.m.

Polliwog: 2:40-3:20 or 4:10-4:50

Preschool:

Ages: 3-5

Pike
This is an introductory swimming level class that helps children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

Eel
Building on PIKE skills, this level is for children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation device. Classes will focus on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing techniques.

Ray/Starfish
Building on EEL skills, this level is for children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and with their face in the water with rhythmic breathing.

Register for 3-5 year olds

Youth:

Ages: 6 – 12 years

Polliwog
This class is for those who have little or no experience in the water. It gets children acquainted with the pool, the use of floatation devices, and front and back floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front and back crawl side stroke.

Guppy
Building on POLLIWOG skills, this level is for swimmers that are able to complete at least 15 yards of front and back crawl independently. Children will be performing more skills without a floatation device. Class will focus on progressive techniques for the front and back crawl,  side stroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, as well as some diving skills.

Minnow/Fish
Building on GUPPY skills, this level is for children able to swim 25 yards on front and back with rhythmic breathing, able to jump into the deep end of the pool and swim to the wall, front and back float for 20 seconds and treat water for 30 seconds. Class will focus on building swim endurance, enhancing stroke technique, and introducing breaststroke and butterfly movements.

Register for 6-12 year olds

For more information, contact us.


Masters Swim Team

United States Masters Swimming (USMS) is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics, and workshops. Program is open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. USMS programs are designed to help swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals and offer active support for healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie. Workouts will be created by a qualified coach.

Ages: 18+ years

Days & Times:
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays: 5:15 – 6:45 a.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Cost:
Members: $25/ month
Non-members: $60/ month


Water Babies Swim Lessons

Ages: 6 Months to 36 Months + parents

The primary objective is to get both the parent and child comfortable in the water. The parent will learn how to be safe with the child in and around the water. The child will become aware of the differences between moving on the water an on dry land while the parent will become aware of how to teach his/her child to be safer in and around the water. Classes are designed to allow the child to have fun in the water while the parent guides him to learn aquatic skills. Cloth diaper with plastic pants or diapers manufactured for swimming use are required.

With the help of songs, games, and social activities parents work hand-in-hand with our team in the water as we introduce water skills based on each child’s unique development level.

Monday-Thursday, 2 weeks, 8:30-9 a.m:
June 8 – June 18 (registration opens May 21 for members, May 28 for non-members)
June 22 – July 2 (registration opens June 4 for members, June 11 for non-members)
July 6 – July 16 (registration opens June 18 for members, June 25 for non-members)
July 20 – July 30 (registration opens July 2 for members, July 9 for non-members)
August 3 – August 13 (registration opens July 16 for members, July 23 for non-members)

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks, 8:30-9 a.m:
May 23-June 27 (registration opens May 2 for members, May 9 for non-members)
July 11-August 15 (registration opens June 20 for members, June 27 for non-members)
August 22-September 26 (registration opens August 1 for members, August 8 for non-members)

Sunday Sessions, 6 weeks, 1:30-2 p.m:
May 24-June 28 (registration opens May 2 for members, May 9 for non-members)
July 12-August 16 (registration opens June 20 for members, June 27 for non-members)
August 23-September 27 (registration opens August 1 for members, August 8 for non-members)

Cost:
Members: $35
Non-members: $70

For more information, contact us.


Private Swim Lessons

Ages: 2 & up

One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor. Lessons consist of four classes at 30 minutes each.

Register: at front desk

Days & Times:
Time and availability are scheduled between the instructor and the participant.

Cost:
Members: $80/four 30-minute lessons
Non-members: $140/four 30-minute lesson


Mudcats Year-Round Swim Team

Mudcats Year-Round Swim Team

Ages: 3 – 18 years (participation depends on ability level)

The YMCA is committed to offering a quality, year-round swim team with emphasis on teaching the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. The NorthWest Family YMCA program strives to offer a well-rounded, values-centered program for every member, from the youngest and newest members to our veteran senior swimmers.

View the Mudcats official website here

Note: There is a $115 USA swimming registration fee for all swimmers. Must be a YMCA member to register. There is a 10% discount for families registering multiple children after full program dues are paid for the first child.

For more info, contact Jeff Mead.

Bronze Swimmers

For a beginning competitive swimmer who can successfully complete the length of a 25-yard pool. Will work on the fundamentals of swimming, including freestyle and backstroke.

Cost:
Members: $55 / month

Practice: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Silver Swimmers

Competitive swimmers who are familiar with the four competitive strokes including butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and free style.

Cost:
Members: $55 / month

Practice: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Gold Swimmers

Competitive swimmers who are familiar with the four competitive strokes and have intermediate technical ability and endurance. Will work on proper technique with time devoted to starts, turns and competitive training.

Cost:
Members: $65 / month

Practice: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 4:15-5:15 p.m. and Saturday, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (only Saturdays when there are no swim meets)

Junior High Level

Competitive swimmers with a moderate to excellent understanding of the four competitive strokes and are beginning to develop a high level of endurance. The group’s focus is on all competitive strokes, starts, and turns for refinement while aerobic training is developed. The group is designed for top younger swimmers and will be devoted to preparing them for the next level of competitive swimming.

Cost:
Members: $75 / month

Practice: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 4:30-5:15 p.m. (dry land); Monday through Friday, 5:15-7:15 p.m. (pool time); Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (only Saturdays when there are no swim meets)

Senior High Level

Competitive swimmers with an excellent understanding of the four strokes, a high level of endurance and a competitive drive. The group’s focus is on all competitive strokes, starts and turns for refinement. Proper training techniques are introduces to prepare swimmers for advanced levels of competition.

Cost:
Members: $85/ month

Practice: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 4:30-5:15 p.m. (weight training); Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-5:15 p.m. (dry land); Tuesday & Thursday, 5:15-6:30 a.m. (pool time); Monday through Friday, 5:15-7:15 p.m. (pool time); Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (only Saturdays when there are no swim meets)


Aqua Zumba

Known as the Zumba® “pool party,” the Aqua Zumba program gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class. Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, the Aqua Zumba class blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.

Mondays at 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7:15 – 8 p.m.

Members: FREE
Non-members: $10 per person

 


Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Ages: 15 years+

Water Aerobics is water exercise focused on building strength, mobility and flexibility. Classes are led by a trained instructor for shallow and deep-water exercise. Float belts are provided for deep-water classes. Click here for our schedules.

Cost:
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10 guest fee