YMCA Swim Instructor with Children in the Pool

Ages 3+ Years

In Swim Basics, students learn more about personal water safety. 

The focus of this class is to achieve basic swimming competency by mastering two benchmark skills. The first is swim-float-swim, where students will successfully sequence from a front glide and roll to a back float and roll, do another front glide, then exit. The second benchmark is jump-push-turn-grab. The student’s developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress. To maximize safety, lifeguards are always on the pool deck during lessons.

Lesson Details

Lesson Duration

30 minutes per lesson

Instructor/Student Ratio

1:5

Lesson Age Groups

Preschool: 3–5 years
School-age: 5–12 years
Teen and Adult: 13+ years

What to Bring

Students should bring goggles, towels, sunscreen, and a swim shirt.

Swim Stages

Our Swim Basics lessons encompass stages 1–3 of the YMCA swimming curriculum. The student’s developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress.

Swim Basics

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim. They sequence a front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit, as well as jump, push, turn, and grab.

1 Water Acclimation

This stage lays the foundation for the student’s future progress in swimming. Here they become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely exit a body of water should they ever accidentally fall in.

2 Water Movement

Here, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement within the water. There’s also continued practice on how to safely exit the water in the event of an accidental fall.

3 Water Stamina

The final stage teaches students how to swim to safety from a longer distance should they accidentally fall into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated action between arms and legs.

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