Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Licking County Family YMCA swim lessons are taught in a caring manner where swimmers can learn about water safety, water rescue skills, water activities as well as self-confidence and self-esteem. Class size is determined by the participant’s age and safety factors to ensure that classes remain at a comfortable and fun level.
At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages, from 6 months to adult, to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong, confident swimmers. Our lessons are divided into the following categories: Swim Starters: Infant & Toddler; Swim Basics: Preschool, School Age, Teen, Adult; and Swim Strokes: School Age, Teen, Adult.

YMCA Swim Lessons Program

Classes are all 30-minutes, unless otherwise noted.



Swim Starters

6 months - 3 years old

Water Discovery
(Parent & Child) 6–24 months
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. Classes introduce water entry & exit, front & back floats and tows.

Water Exploration
(Parent & Child) 2-3 years
Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, & safety and aquatic skills with more emphasis on preparing the child for preschool lessons when they turn 3 years old.
3 - 5 years old
Water Acclimation
Beginner level – no swimming experience, may still be “clingy”. Can sit on the side, wait, listen to, and follow instructions. Lessons help increase comfort with underwater exploration & introduce basic self-rescue skills with assistance. Goal is to float & glide 5 ft. with assistance, & swim, float, swim 10 ft. with assistance.

Swim Basics

Preschool

Water Movement
Advanced beginner – some swimming experience, will put face in water & can glide about 5 ft., assisted. Encourages forward movement in water & basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Goal is to swim, float, swim width of pool, unassisted.

Water Stamina
Intermediate – can swim width of pool, unassisted, in deep water, is comfortable putting face in water. Develops intermediate self-rescue skills preformed at longer distances. Goal is to swim, float, swim length of pool, tread water.

Swim Basics

School Age
6 - 12 years old
Beginner – no swimming experience. Goal is to become comfortable in the water and float, glide 10 ft., & swim, float, swim width of pool unassisted.

Water Acclimation & Movement

Water Stamina
Advanced Beginner – can swim width of pool, unassisted, in deep water, comfortable putting face in water. Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances. Goal is to swim, float, swim length of pool, tread water 1 minute.
6 - 12 years old
Stroke Introduction
Intermediate – can swim length of pool. Introduces basic stroke technique and works on perfecting strokes and breathing patterns.

Swim Strokes

School Age

Stroke Development
Advanced intermediate – can swim 25 meters of each stroke. Introduces breaststroke & butterfly. Goal is to improve endurance, swim 50 meters of each stroke, and refine stroke technique.

Stroke Mechanics
Advanced –can swim 50 meters of each stroke. Goal is to refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes & improve endurance, swimming 150 meters any stroke or combination of strokes.
Group lessons are personalized to the individual depending on skill.

Teen Lessons / Swim Basics

13 – 17 years

Adult Lessons / Swim Basics

18 years and up