The YMCA is proud to offer the nationally recognized YMCA Swim Lesson Program, which provides student-centered approach to learning. Small class sizes, quality instruction, and a progressive approach to skill building help our students flourish as the practice their new swim skills. Enrollment is available by class or by age (preschool and youth).
National YMCA Parent Child Program
Children 6 months to 3 years and parent or guardian. This program promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness activities for children and their parents. Each child must be accompanied by an adult in the water.
Parent/Child 6 - 36 months
No Skills Required In Class: Parent assisted program designed to increase comfort in the water. Provide positive
Perch w/Parent 2.5-3.5 years
Parent assisted program designed to help transition children to the preschool program.
National YMCA Preschool Program
Classes provide a step-by-step progression of swimming and water safety skills that develop motor perception and coordination with or without the aid of a flotation device. Instructors use songs and games to help children develop their skills.
PIKE: 3 - 5 years
No Skills Required - Water readiness
In Class: Will learn to blow bubbles, put face in water and proper kicking, paddling, and front and back floats with use of flotation devices
PIKE II: 3-5 years
Skills Required: No fear of the water, nor a fear of being in a class, paddle on front, back and side 5 yards with flotation device. In Class: Will learn to float on front & back, swim on front, back and side 5 feet without a flotation device.
EEL: 3 - 5 years
Skills Required: Paddle without a flotation device 5ft on front, back & side, float on front and back
In Class: Will learn to jump in & return to the side without assistance, retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool.
RAY: 3 - 5 years
Skills Required: Swim 15yd each front, back and side without a flotation device.
In Class: Will learn elementary backstroke & breaststroke, treading water, front & back somersaults.
STARFISH: 3 - 5 years
Skills Required: Swim 20ft each of front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke & elementary backstroke. In Class: Will learn survival float, kneeling and sitting dives, to coordinate front crawl with rotary breathing.
National YMCA Youth Program
This is a progressive program with the following components: Personal Safety, Personal Growth, Stroke Development, Water Sports and Games, and Rescue. Youth are challenged physically and mentally in a safe and fun environment.
POLLIWOG: 6 - 12 years
Skills: No Skills Required In Class: Will be introduced to the front & back crawl, front and back floats, putting face in the water, reaching assists.
GUPPY: 6 - 12 years
Skills Required: Paddle 20 feet on each front, back & side, blow bubbles, put face in water, float on front & back In Class: Will learn rhythmic breathing front crawl, tread water, jump into deep end, kneeling dive, sidestroke, breaststroke.
MINNOW: 6 - 12 years
Skills Required: Swim 40 ft. of each front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke & elementary backstroke. In Class: Will learn rotary breathing for front crawl, standing dives, swim with clothes on, tread water for 1 minute, take own heart rate
FISH: 6-12 years
Skills Required: Swim 25 yd each front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke breast oke & elementary backstroke in good form, dive in water. In Class: Will learn open turns, use of masks & fins, introduction to butterfly, practice rescue breathing
FLYING FISH: 6 - 12 years
Skills Required: Swim 50 yards of front crawl, back crawl, and sidestroke breaststroke and elementary backstroke In Class: Will learn bilateral breathing, inverted scissor kick on sidestroke, introduction to flip turns for front & back crawl.
SHARK: 6 - 12 years
Skills Required: Swim 100 yd of each front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke breaststroke and
elementary backstroke with open turns, butterfly 25 yards. In Class: Will learn first aid techniques, rescue breathing, lifesaving strokes and surface dives.
Geneva YMCA Tidal Wave Program
For those children desiring to learn more refined stroke techniques and the basis of competitive starts and turns. This program is coached by an experienced competitive swimmer and is a great bridge from swim lessons to swim team.
Swim Lesson Policies
* Parents of preschoolers accompany children to and from lessons.