Youth Swim Lessons

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Swimming Basics for Kids

In our youth swim lessons, students learn personal water safety and achieve swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Kid swim lessons incorporate activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

Stages 1 Through 3

1 / Water Acclimation is a children’s swimming class that increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2 / Water Movement is a youth swimming class that encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3 / Water Stamina is a children’s swim lesson that develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

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Stages 4 Through 6

4 / Stroke Introduction introduces basic stroke technique in swimming classes for kids through front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5 / Stroke Development teaches kids to swim the breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

6 / Stroke Mechanics refines stroke technique in youth swim lessons focused on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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– Charlotte R., East Communities Y Parent