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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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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, 2 weeks (10:30-11 a.m.):
July 7-17
July 21-31
August 4-14

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks (9-9:30 a.m.):
July 5 – August 9
August 16 – September 20

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-members: $35


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 online or at the front desk.

Download: Swim lessons information and registration form

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $35

Summer Weekday Sessions, 4 weeks:
July 7 – July 17
July 21 – 31
August 4 – 14

Summer Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
July 5 – August 9
August 16 – September 20

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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 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.

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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 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.

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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 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.

Register for 3-5 year olds.

Youth:

Ages: 6-12 year olds.

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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 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.

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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 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.

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. Times offered: Mondays-Thursdays, 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.

Register for 6-12 year olds.

For more information, contact Kristin Stevens.


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: Begins in January and closes one week after session start date.

Days/Times: Saturdays, 11-11:45 a.m.

Sessions:
July 5 – August 9
August 16 – September 20

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


Orangeburg County YMCA Swim Team

The YMCA is committed to offering a quality, year round swim team with an emphasis on the values of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and having fun. The YMCA strives to offer a well rounded, values-centered program for every member, from the youngest and newest members to our veteran senior swimmers.Please contact the Orangeburg Aquatic Staff for more information.

Days and Times:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
5 – 6:15 p.m.

Fees:
Members: $33 per month

Register at the front desk.