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Swimming at North Austin YMCA
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The North Austin YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages, from parent/child swim lessons to swim leagues, as well as open swim everyday! Browse the programs offered below, then come out and take a dip in the North Austin Y pool!
These classes are designed to establish an association and enjoyment for children in an aquatic environment, and to create another way for children to bond with parents ( or guardians). As the lessons progress more time is spent trying actual skills to prepare a child for swim lessons. Songs games and play time account for the majority of the class.
Children work under the direct supervision of qualified instructors to learn basic swimming techniques, water safety, and confidence in and around the water. Children will move at their own pace.
Pike (Beginner) - Pike helps children adjust to the water and develop independent movement. It teaches basic front crawl, back crawl and kicking skills, floating and pool safety. Class is intended for children with little to no water experience. Register here!
Eel (Adv. Beginner) - For children who are comfortable in the water and swim with floatation device in horizontal position but cannot yet swim the length of the pool. Child must be able to put their face in. Children are taught to float, kick, and perform progressive arm movements across the pool. Register here!
Ray (Intermediate) - This class is for children who can swim 15 feet with face in the water and no floatation device. It reviews and improves stroke skills on front, back and side, builds endurance and teaches treading water and rotary breathing. Register here!
This program offers personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games, sports and basic water rescue. Child should be aware of and follow pool rules. The instructor will teach swimming techniques that are matched according to each child's skill and learning abilities.
Polliwog (Beginner) - This beginner level class is for children who are uncomfortable or inexperienced in swimming. It teaches basic skills including stroke work, gliding, floating & kicking as well as beginner rotary breathing. Register here!
Guppy (Adv. Beginner) - This is for children who are comfortable with face in water and are able to swim 15-20 feet without a floatation device. It teaches stroke skills on front, back and side as well as rotary breathing and beginner’s breaststroke. Register here!
Minnow (Intermediate) - Minnow is for children able to swim 25 yards on front and back without a floatation device. It teaches stroke skills on front back and side, and rotary breathing. Children will be introduced to other components of swimming and butterfly kick. Register here!
Fish (Adv. Intermediate) - Fish is for children able to swim 50 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing, sidestroke, backstroke & breaststroke. It refines breaststroke, teaches butterfly, and improves other swim skills. Register here!
Terrified of Water (TOW): Ages 13+: This class is designed for the adult beginner who may be timid about swimming or who has never swam in deep water. Class is self-paced and will work on basics such as floating, treading water, kicking, and basic paddle stroke. Instructors will help you work toward your own personal goal and will guide you in the areas in which you want to improve. Register here!
Beginner: This class is designed for adults who can swim at least 25 feet (about 1/3 of the length of the lap pool) on their own but would like to work on stroke technique. Focus is on the basics of freestyle and breaststroke. Swimmers will continue to work on endurance, confidence, and treading water. Ideal for those that are not afraid of the water but have never had any formal training. Register here!
Intermediate: For adults who can already swim 50 yards (1 lap) on their own. Focus on the development of strength and endurance as well as improving freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Register here!
YMCA swim leagues are structured supervised workout/swim team practices with optional swim meets. Swim leagues are available from children ages 6 to 13. The swimmers will learn stroke technique, and endurance and interval training. This is done through the use of various drills and coach-designed workouts. These workouts are tailored to the level of the swimmers in the program and are designed to help them meet their individual goals while still taking part in a team activity. Cetain swimming experience required by each branch, see specific leagues for more information.