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.

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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.

Registration: Opens two weeks prior to session start date and closes one day before before session start date. Register online or at the front desk.

Saturdays: 11 – 11:45 a.m.

Sessions:
August 16 – September 20
September 27 – November 1
November 8 – December 13

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

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.


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: Registration is open two weeks prior to session date start and available at the front desk or online.

Download: Summer Swim Lessons Schedule

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $70

Summer Sessions

Weekday Sessions, Mon-Thurs, 4 weeks:
August 4 – 14

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
August 16 – September 20

3-5 year olds: Mondays-Thursdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m. or Saturdays, 9:40-10:10 a.m.

6-9 year olds: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m., 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 3:40-4:20 p.m., 5:40-6:20 p.m., 7:10-7:50 p.m., or Saturdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m.

Fall Sessions

Monday/Wednesday, 4 weeks:
August 25 – September 17
September 22 – October 15
October 20 – November 12
November 17 – December 10

Tuesday/Thursday, 4 weeks:
August 26 – September 18
September 23 – October 16
October 21 – November 13
November 18 – December 11 (will meet on Friday instead of Thursday the week of Thanksgiving)

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
September 27 – November 1
November 8 – December 13

3-5 year olds: Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 6-6:30 p.m; or Saturdays 9:40-10:10 a.m.

6-9 year olds: Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 6:45-7:25 p.m; or Saturdays, 10:15-10:55 a.m.

Preschool:

Ages: 3-5

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.

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.

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

Register for 3-5 year olds

Youth:

Ages: 6 – 12 years

Polliwog
6-12 year olds. 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.

Guppy
6-12 year olds. 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.

Minnow/Fish
6-12 year olds. 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 and butterfly movements.

Register for 6-12 year olds

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.


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:
August 27 -October 8
October 15 – December 3
January 7 – February 18
February 25 – April 15
April 22- June 3

Fridays, 9-11:30 a.m. sessions:
August 29 -October 10
October 17 – December 5
January 9 – February 20
February 27- April 17
April 24- June 5

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 Shannon Crawford.


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


Seals Summer Swim Team

The NorthWest Family YMCA Summer Swim Team teaches the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. The Seals summer 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.

Ages: 4-18 years

Registration: beginning in May 2015

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

Season:
Summer 2015
Weekly meets with a Championship meet at the end of the season.

For more information, contact Jeff Mead.


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.

Weekday Sessions: Mondays-Thursdays, 9-9:30 a.m. (2 weeks)
August 4 – 14

Saturday Sessions: 9-9:30 a.m. (6 weeks)
August 16 – September 20
September 27 – November 1
November 8 – December 13

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-members: $70

Registration opens two week prior to session start date.

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.


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.

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