Child in a Swimming Pool

Ages 5+ Years

In Swim Strokes, learn additional water safety skills as well as build on their stroke technique.

Students enrolling in Swim Strokes must be able to swim an entire length of the pool unassisted. Although they’ve mastered the fundamentals, their developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress. Skills developed in Swim Strokes can help prevent chronic diseases, improve social and emotional well-being, increase their cognitive awareness, and foster a lifelong love of physical activity. To maximize safety, lifeguards are always on the pool deck during lessons.

Lesson Details

Lesson Duration

30 minutes per lesson

Instructor/Student Ratio


Lesson Age Groups

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 4-6 of the YMCA swimming curriculum. The student’s developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress.

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.

4 Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5 Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

6 Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

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