Swim Lessons

With a focus on providing a safe environment YMCA Learn to Swim programs provide a level of aquatic safety as well as skill development. Programs follow the nationally recognized YMCA of the USA Aquatic guidelines and curriculum.

Contact Carole Forbes, Director of Aquatics at Southeast Family YMCA, 256.883.9622
Download the Southeast YMCA  Swim Lesson Schedule

Contact Farris Williams, Aquatics Coordinator at Hogan Family YMCA, 256.705.9622.
Download the Hogan YMCA Swim Lesson Schedule

Parent/Child Level

  • Skip – Parent/ child class designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years old. Students must be accompanied by adult. This class will allow children to adjust to the water through group interaction, songs and games.

Pre School Levels (Ages 3-5  years)

  • Pike – Beginner level for this age group. Classes will work on water adjustment, floating, kicking and swimming on both the front and back. Child must be able to swim 5 feet on front and back without floatation device before progressing to Eel.
  • Eel – This level will focus on increased independence. Participants will work on front, back and side paddle, jumping in pool without assistance, PFD’sand safety skills. Child must be able to swim 15 feet on front and back without floatation device before progressing to Ray.
  • Ray – In this level, participants will begin working on side breathing, while continuing to focus on front, back and side paddle. They will also learn about diving safety, floating and treading water. This class will meet in both the therapy pool and the large pool. Child must be able to swim 20 feet on both front and back without the aid of floatation devices before progressing to Starfish.
  • Starfish – The starfish level encourages participants to continue to work on strokes while increasing endurance. The student must be able to swim 40 feet without floatation device before progressing to the next level. In order to prepare your child for the youth levels of the YMCA program, this class will meet in both the therapy pool and the large pool.

Youth Levels (Ages 6 and up)

  • Polliwog – Beginner level for this age group. Participants will work on floating, kicking and paddling on the front, back and side. Must be able to swim 20 feet without floatation device before progressing to the Guppy level.
  • Guppy – Students will continue to work on front, back and side paddle. In addition to these strokes, they will also learn floating, treading water, diving safety rules and side breathing. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards (one length of the pool) on front, back and side before moving on to the Minnow level.
  • Minnow – In this level students will begin learning breaststroke, sidestroke and backstroke. They also learn many safety skills including treading water and swimming with a PFD. Participant must be able to swim 25 yards of rudimentary front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and elementary back stroke before progressing into the Fish level.
  • Fish – Participants will continue to work on all strokes, focusing on refinement and endurance. The butterfly stroke and open turns will also be introduced in this level. Must be able to swim 50 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke before moving into the Flying Fish level.
  • Flying Fish – In this level participants will focus on personal safety, along with improving skills and endurance. Students must be able to swim 15 yards of butterfly and 100 yards of front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl, and side stroke before progressing into the Shark level.
  • Shark – The shark level teaches students about personal safety, rescue skills and water sports and games. New strokes introduced include over arm sidestroke and the trudgen crawl. Participants must be able to swim a 200 yard individual medley along with 50 yards of over arm sidestroke and the trudgen crawl.

OTHER AQUATIC PROGRAMS TO CHECK OUT:

  • Water Exercise – includes various programs such as Aqua Jog, Arthritis Exercise, Head 2 Toe, and Aquacise.
  • Swim Team – for children ages 4 years and up. A year around competitive program that includes participation in the summer swim league as well as competition during the non-summer months.