YMCA Swim Lessons help adults, kids, and families learn an important life skill and support them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmers.

Fall I Session: September 8- October 19

YMCA Member: $45 | Community: $80

Registration for YMCA members opens August 11, and for Community members on August 25

Fall II Session: October 20- December 7

YMCA Member: $45 | Community: $80

***Lessons for Fall will only be available at our Downtown location. Swim lesson programming will begin January 2020 at the Essential Wellness Center in Hermantown.

Swim Starters: Parent & Child Lessons (6 - 36 months old)


In the two stages that make up this parent-child category, children learn to be comfortable in the water. Rather than teaching children how to survive in the water or become accomplished swimmers, Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters. Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Parents learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies. 

Parent & Child Classes Offered: 1 instructor to 10 children ratio

  • A / Water Discovery
  • B / Water Exploration

 

Swim Basics (Preschool Age)


In these 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. By the end of this series of stages, students achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: – Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit – Jump, push, turn, grab 

Preschool Classes Offered: 1 instructor to 4-6 children ratio

  • 1P / Water Acclimation - Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills preformed with assistance (Beginner)
  • 2P / Water Movement - Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently (Advanced Beginner)
  • 3P / Water Stamina - Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages (Low Intermediate)

 

Swim Basics & Swim Strokes (School Age)


In Swim Basics, students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: Swim, Float, Swim & Jump, Push, Turn, Grab. In 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!

School Age Classes Offered: 1 instructor to 6-8 children ratio

  • 1S / Water Acclimation – Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills preformed with assistance (Beginner)
  • 2S / Water Movement – Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills preformed independantly (Advanced beginner)
  • 3S / Water Stamina – Develops intermediate self-rescue skills preformed at longer distances than in previous stages (Low Intermediate)
  • 4S / Stroke Introduction – Introduces basic stroke technique in front and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke (High Intermediate)
  • 5S / Stroke Development – Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke (Low Advanced)
  • 6S / Stroke Mechanics – Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. (High Advanced)

*If you have questions about which level your swimmer might be at, feel free to contact the Aquatics Office at 218-722-4745, ext. 131

 

swim level selector

Morning Lessons | 1 X per week for 6 weeks
$45 members | $80 community members (6 Lessons)
Fall I: September 8-October 19 | Fall II: October 20-December 7

Time Tuesdays Wednesdays Fridays
Swim Starters (Ages 6-36 months) | Swim Basics (ages 3-5)
9:00 - 9:30am A/B Parent and Child    
9:35 - 10:05am 1S / Water Acclimation 1S / Water Acclimation 1S / Water Acclimation
2S / Water Movement 2S / Water Movement 2S / Water Movement
3S / Water Stamina 3S / Water Stamina 3S / Water Stamina

Saturday Morning Lessons

9:00 - 9:30am 1P / Water Acclimation
2P / Water Movement
3P / Water Stamina
9:35 - 10:05am 1S / Water Acclimation
2S / Water Movement
3S / Water Stamina
4S / Stroke Introduction
5S / Stroke Development
6S / Stroke Stamina

Evening Lessons | 1 X per week for 6 weeks
$45 members | $80 community members (6 Lessons)
Fall I: September 8-October 19 | Fall II: October 20-December 7

  Monday Tuesday Thursday

Swim Starters (Ages 6 – 36 months) | Swim Basics (Ages 3 – 5)

5:25 - 5:55pm A & B Combo / Water Discovery & Exploration A & B Combo / Water Discovery & Exploration A & B Combo / Water Discovery & Exploration
1P / Water Acclimation 1P / Water Acclimation 1P / Water Acclimation
2P / Water Movement 2P / Water Movement 2P / Water Movement
6:00 - 6:30pm 3P / Water Stamina 3P / Water Stamina 3P / Water Stamina
1S / Water Acclimation 1S / Water Acclimation 1S / Water Acclimation
2S / Water Movement 2S / Water Movement 2S / Water Movement
3S / Water Stamina 3S / Water Stamina 3S / Water Stamina

Swim Basics | Swim Strokes (Ages 6-12)

6:35 - 7:15pm 3P / Water Stamina 3P / Water Stamina 3P / Water Stamina
1S / Water Acclimation 1S / Water Acclimation 1S / Water Acclimation
2S / Water Movement 2S / Water Movement 2S / Water Movement
3S / Water Stamina 3S / Water Stamina 3S / Water Stamina
4S / Stroke Introduction 4S / Stroke Introduction 4S / Stroke Introduction
5S / Stroke Development 5S / Stroke Development
6S / Stroke Mechanics
5S / Stroke Development
6S / Stroke Mechanics 6S / Stroke Mechanics
6S / Stroke Mechanics 6S / Stroke Mechanics