Youth Aquatics

Swimmers learn water safety and swimming fundamentals as they progress through skill levels, meet their aquatic goals, and develop an appreciation for the sport.

Parent Tot Splash

(6-36 months)

This 30-minute class is for children ages 6 to 36 months old with an adult participant. The primary objective is to get both the adult and child comfortable in the water. The child will become aware of the differences between moving through water and on dry land, while the parent will become aware of how to teach his or her child to be safe in and around the water.

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Preschool Swim Lessons

(3-5 years old)

-Pike (Beginner)

This course requires no previous experience in swimming. Child will not put face in water and cannot float independently. Children are introduced to paddle stroke on front, back, and sides.

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-Eel (Intermediate)

Child can jump in the water and return to the side of the pool independently. Children will become more independent, learning to swim longer distances. Continue building on Pike skills.

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-Ray/Starfish (Advanced)

Child can swim the width and length of the pool on their front and back. New skills include rhythmic breathing and diving.

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Youth Swim Lessons

(6 years old & up)

-Level I: Polliwog

This is the beginning level for school-age children teaching basic paddle stroke, kicking skills, pool safety and discussion of the YMCA’s Core Values.

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-Level II: Guppy

Children continue to practice and build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a flotation device. The meaning of the Core Values in everyday life will also be discussed.

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-Level III: Minnow

This is the initial intermediate level. Students have learned some fundamentals of swimming strokes and water safety and are continuing to build and refine those skills. Students are provided opportunities to demonstrate the Core Values of the Y.

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-Level IV: Fish

At this point, students work to perform the crawlstroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke, turns and given opportunities to develop teamwork and the Core Values.

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-Level V: Flying Fish

At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their endurance, caution, determination, self-discipline and teamwork.

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-Level VI: Shark

The students at this level continue to improve their strokes with starts and turns. Students will be encouraged to serve others and to think about the four Core Values.

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Contact: Jenny Malone
Aquatics Coordinator

Did You Know:

The YMCA of McDonough County is a non-profit organization and we strive to serve the community as a whole. We will never turn somebody away from the ability to pay by offering scholarship assistance to ensure that we can build a better community TODAY!

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