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At the Y, we believe everyone should learn to swim! It's why we introduced group swimming lessons over 100 years ago.

Swimming skills are progressive, so it’s important to pick the right level for you. Our YMCA trained and certified instructors cover swimming skills, stroke technique, and water safety in a friendly and encouraging environment. Whether in a private or group lesson, all ages can learn with our six (6) stage program.

 

Swim Starters

Before you head to our six (6) stage program, this is the place to start! In these 30-minute classes, our littlest swimmers develop water enrichment and aquatic readiness. In a parent-child format, young children learn to be comfortable in the water with their #1 fan by their side in the water.

Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters such as how to supervise children in the water, prevent accidents, and plan for emergencies.

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Parent/Child  (6-18mo)

Water Discovery
Parents accompany children in the water in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

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Parent/Child (18mo-3yrs)

Water Exploration
Parents work with their children in the water to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

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Parent/Child (24mo-3yrs)

Water Acclimation
Parents work with their children to develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Swim Basics

Swim Basics lessons develop personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. In these beginning three stages, students develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. 

All stages are offered to a wide range of participants. Classes are offered to three different age groups: Preschool, School Age, and Adult!

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Stage 1

Water Acclimation
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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Stage 2

Water Movement
Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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Stage 3

Water Stamina
Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Swim Strokes

These classes introduce and refine stroke technique in older students. In these three stages, having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke techniques, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

All stages are offered to a wide range of participants. Classes are offered to three different age groups: Preschool, School Age, and Adult!

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Stage 4

Stroke Introduction
Students 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.

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Stage 5

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

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Stage 6

Stroke Mechanics
Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Prefer to have 1-1 instruction for yourself or your little one? Our certified Y swim instructors provide private and semi-private lessons are for all ages and swimming abilities.

30-minute lessons are scheduled with an instructor and participant(s). For any age, students learn the basics of swimming, refine current skills, and perfect stroke mechanics with personalized lesson plans.

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Special Needs Swim Lessons

The YMCA’s swim program setting provides a unique experience with an emphasis on skill learning, social interaction, and fun. We strive to positively impact youth with special needs in the Philadelphia and the surrounding regions by providing safe, fun, and interactive programs to grow and socialize in a nurturing environment.

We offer several programs for all abilities at select Y locations! Plus - our facilities are accessible for everyone and provides specialty equipment to serve every member’s ability level.

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Stroke and Turn Clinic

Calling all advanced swimmers!

The Y Swim Clinic is designed for swimmers who have advanced through YMCA Swim Lessons and are able to swim a length of the pool of both front and back crawl. Participants should also have rudimentary breaststroke and butterfly strokes. Be sure to browse! Different stages may be available for different locations.

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