ITASCA COUNTY FAMILY YMCA

Youth Swimming Lessons

 

YMCA swim lessons are available for infants, toddlers and kids. They will learn a life skill by increasing their knowledge, ability, and stamina to build smart, strong swimmers and confident kids.

  • At the Y, we believe swimming is a life skill.
  • The Y has more than 110 years of experience teaching people to swim.
  • We have certified, caring staff trained to handle swimmers of all abilities and all ages.
  • Y swim lessons stress positive values and give kids the opportunity to practice them, growing kids’ self-esteem and self-worth, while they have a great time.
  • Financial assistance is available.
  • Our approach differs because we use skill-based instruction that maximizes physical activity, emphasizes safety, and elevates character development to engage families in our community.

 
Swim Starters: Water Discovery & Water Exploration

Swim Starters is a class designed for parents and children; a parent must be in the pool with their child at all times. Infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Ages: 6 months and older
Class length: 30 minutes

Level 1: Water Acclimation

This stage increases students’ comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
Ages: 3-5 years
Class length: 45 minutes

Level 2: Water Movement

In this stage, students focus on forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
Ages: 5 years and up
Class length: 45 minutes

Level 4: Stroke Introduction

This stage introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.


Level 5: Stroke Development

This stage introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.


Level 6: Stroke Mechanics

This stage refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

 
Private Swimming Lessons

Contact Aquatics Director, Beth Mattson, for more information and instructor/pool availability.

Members: $85 for five 30 minute lessons; Community: $110 for five 30 minute lessons