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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.

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Splash Pad Summer 2015

Splash Pad Summer 2015

Hours:

May 23: 12-5 p.m.
May 24: Closed for Private Event
May 25: 12-5 p.m.
May 30: 12-5 p.m.
May 31: 1-5 p.m.
June 6: 12-5 p.m.
June 7: 1-5 p.m.

June 8 – 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.


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: $30 YMCA members/$50 non-members

Beginner Clinic

This swim clinic is for the beginner triathlete who doesn’t know where to start in the pool! We’ll begin in the classroom learning about proper form and body position for freestyle swimming then move to the pool where we’ll put it all into practice. You should have a basic knowledge of swimming, but you don’t have to be the perfect swimmer. You will learn the proper form for freestyle and some techniques in the water to help you become a better swimmer as well as how to tread water and float to help you in an open water triathlon.

Date: TBA

Beginner Transition Clinic

Whether you’ve been wanting to do a triathlon, or have done one in the past and got a little mixed up in “transition,” this clinic is for you! There will be a transition area where we’ll talk you through the swim to bike transition and bike to run transition. After we talk through it, you get the chance to ask questions, then put it into practice. We’ll swim, bike, run, receive critique and feedback, and try it again. Your transitions will be timed, which will help you set goals for your next race. Please come prepared to do a triathlon. You will set up a transition area just the same as you would for a race. You will actually swim, bike, and run a short distance to practice transition. Please wear something you can swim/bike/run in (tri suit if you have one), towels (2-3), water bottle, cap/goggles, your bike/helmet/sunglasses/cycling shoes, and running gear and anything else you personally use during a transition.

Date: April 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Swim Strong Clinic

This swim clinic is designed for the intermediate to advanced triathlete who wants to become a stronger swimmer and perform better in the water by learning how to train “smarter” and more efficiently. If your triathlon swim leaves something to be desired, then this training will help you swim better by improving the quality of your swim training and help you learn how to “swim in the gym.” In the classroom, we will learn about proper form and body position for freestyle then we will teach you strength and flexibility exercises that can dramatically improve your swim. We’ll put what we learn into practice in the pool. You’ll learn some key drills to add into your swim training as well as how to structure a strength vs. a speed workout.

Date: June 27, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Advanced Transition Clinic

If you’ve done a triathlon and gotten a little mixed up in “transition” or couldn’t figure out how time sped up during transition then this clinic is for you! We’ll set up and talk you through the swim to bike transition and bike to run transition. After we talk through it, you get the chance to ask questions, then put it into practice. We’ll swim, bike, run, I’ll give you some critique and feedback, and we’ll try it again. I’ll time your transition and videotape you. Please come prepared to do an abridged triathlon. You will set up a transition area just the same as you would for a race. You will actually swim, bike, and run a short distance to practice transition. Please wear something you can swim/bike/run in (triathlon suit if you have one), towels (2-3), water bottle, cap/goggles, your bike/helmet/sunglasses/cycling shoes, and running gear and anything else you personally use during a transition.

Date: May 2, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration: Online or at the front desk.

For more information, contact Erin Roof.


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.


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.

Wednesdays, 9-11:30 a.m. sessions:
April 22- June 3

Cost:
Members: $35
Non-members: $70

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

Download: Home School Swim and Gym Registration Form

For more information, contact Melissa Hope.


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 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

Registration is ongoing.

Register at the front desk.

Note: There is a $115 USA swimming registration fee for all swimmers.

Bronze Swimmers

For a beginning competitive swimmer who can successfully complete the length of a 25 yard pool. Developing freestyle and back stroke.

Cost:
Members: $55 / month

Silver Swimmers

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

Cost:
Members: $55 / month

Gold Swimmers

Competitive swimmers who are very familiar with the four competitive strokes and have intermediate technical ability and endurance.

Cost:
Members: $65 / month

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.

Cost:
Members: $75 / month

Senior High Level

Competitive swimmers with an excellent understanding of the four strokes, a high level of endurance and a competitive drive.

Cost:
Members: $85/ month

Register for Year-Round 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