New Swim Lessons

Achieve and master new skills and strokes while having fun swimming and gaining confidence with America’s favorite swim instructor. Our swim lessons are taught by experienced, certified instructors. We offer swim lessons for every age and skill level, turning beginners into advanced swimmers and helping those interested in learning how to swim properly improve upon skills and technique. Choose from our wide selection of parent-and-child, preschool, kids, adult or private or semi-private swim lessons at a branch near you.

As America’s favorite swim instructor and leader in water safety we’ve made some changes to continue to inspire your swimmer to meet goals, take challenges, and grow in confidence and abilities. And with our low student-to-instructor ratio your child will continue to receive plenty of personal attention.   You may see that our names have changed with new levels added. Please use the guide below to compare our previous program to our new YMCA Swim Lessons to determine which level is appropriate for your child.

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Ages/Lessons

Swim Starters — Age 6 Months -36 Months

Led by an instructor, get in the pool with your child and learn lifesaving information. Build memories through games that teach your child pre-swim skills while achieving comfort in the water. Pre-swim skills include basic water movements such as kicking, arm strokes, and breath control. Focus in this level is on comfort and movement in the water. Technical form is not yet introduced. Swimmer must be at least 6 months old on first day of class and be able to control head movement.

Stage A

Parent/Child A:

Water Discovery

Ages 6 Months – 36 Months

(Parent/Child 1 Equivalent) Accompany your child while they gain comfort in the water and develop essential swim readiness skills through a fun, confidence-building experience. • 30 minutes • Waterproof diaper required for those not potty trained • 12:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Stage B

Parent/Child B:

Water Exploration

Ages 6 Months – 36 Months

(Parent/Child 2 Equivalent) Through water exploration and guidance from an instructor, work in the pool with your child on basic swim body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and swim skills. • 30 minutes • Waterproof diaper required for those not potty trained • 12:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Swim Basics — Preschool Age 3-5 Years and Youth Age 6-12 Years

Learn personal water safety and achieve basic life-saving swim skills.

Stage 1

Preschool 1 & Youth 1: Water Acclimation

Ages 3-5 years & 6-12 years

(Pike/Polliwog Equivalent) Designed for beginner swimmers to help your child gain comfort in underwater exploration and develop independent movement with aid from an instructor as well as how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Stage 2

Preschool 2 & Youth 2: Water Movement

Ages 3-5 years & 6-12 years

(Pike/Eel/Guppy Equivalent) Develop skills focused on independent floating and gliding in the water while continuing to build upon basic self-rescue skills performed unassisted. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Pre-requisites Pass Stage 1: Water Acclimation or ability to perform these skills:

  • Go under water and comfortable opening eyes without goggles
  • Float on front and back with minimal assistance
  • Jump in the pool, submerge and return to the wall with assistance

Stage 3

Preschool 3 & Youth 3: Water Stamina

Ages 3-5 years & 6-12 years

(Eel/Guppy Equivalent) Learn rhythmic breathe control, arm and leg integrated movement, how to propel forward on front and back, as well as how to swim to safety from longer distances while practicing skills and techniques in deeper water. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio

Pre-requisites Pass Stage 1: Water Acclimation or ability to perform these skills:

  • Go under water & comfortable open eyes without goggles
  • Float on front and back with minimal assistance
  • Jump in the pool, submerge and return to the wall with assistance

Swim Strokes — Preschool Age 3-5 Years and Youth Age 6-12 Years

Stage 4

Preschool 4 & Youth 4:

Stroke Introduction

Ages 3-5 years & 6-12 years

(Ray/Minnow Equivalent) Develop stroke techniques for the front and back crawl, breaststroke kick, and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through practicing safety techniques in deeper water such as treading water and elementary back stroke. • 30 minutes; Goggles recommended • 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio Pre-requisites Pass Stage 3: Water Stamina or ability to perform these skills:

  • Submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water
  • Swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath unassisted
  • Swim-float-swim 15 yards unassisted
  • Jump in and tread water for 30 seconds unassisted
  • Swim to wall and exit unassisted

Stage 5

Youth 5:

Stroke Development

Ages 6-12 years

(Fish Equivalent) Build stamina in the front and back crawl through stroke technique drills, while learning all major competitive strokes including the breaststroke and butterfly. Water Safety is reinforced through building endurance techniques in treading water and sidestroke. • 40 minutes; Goggles recommended • 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio Pre-requisites Pass Stage 4: Stroke Introduction or ability to perform these skills:

  • Front crawl and back crawl 25 yards unassisted
  • Swim breaststroke kick and butterfly kick 15 yards unassisted
  • Tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute unassisted

Stage 6

Youth 6:

Stroke Mechanics

Ages 6-12 years

(Fish Equivalent) Enhance endurance in competitive strokes while developing skills related to competitive swim such as flip turns. Discover how to incorporate swimming into a lifelong healthy lifestyle while refining skills and building endurance in deep water. • 40 minutes; Goggles recommended • 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio Pre-requisites Pass Stage 5: Stroke Development or ability to perform these skills:

  • Swim front crawl with bent arm recovery and rotary breathing for 25 yards
  • Swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25 yards
  • Swim butterfly with over arm recovery
  • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards achieving stroke rhythm
  • Dive from kneeling position

Pre-Competitive — Youth Age 6-12 Years

Pre-Competitive

Ages 6-12 years

Swimmers work on stroke refinement and work on more advanced skills while increasing distance and speed and building endurance to move to a more competitive level. Individual goals are set at the beginning of each session with personal bests logged throughout session.   Pre-requisites Pass Youth 4: Fish or ability to perform these skills

  • Front and back crawl 50 yards
  • Breaststroke 25 yards
  • Sidestroke 25 yards
  • Dolphin kick 25 yards
  • Tread water 3 minutes

Adult Lessons — Age 18+

Beginner

No prerequisite. For adults that are uncomfortable around water. Swimmers will gain comfort and confidence in the water while learning basic stroke and skills.

Intermediate

Must pass Beginner or perform equivalent skills. Swimmers refine basic swim strokes and are introduced to more advanced strokes.   Prerequisites: Complete Basic Water Adjustment or ability to perform these skills

  • Demonstrate comfort walking away from the pool area wall
  • Float for 10 seconds on front and back
  • Stand up from a front or back float
  • Swim with face in the water for 15 yards
  • Kick on back for 15 yards

Advanced

Must pass Intermediate or perform equivalent skills. Swimmers gain endurance and practice advanced strokes through techniques and drills.   Prerequisites: Complete Stroke Development or ability to perform these skills

  • Front crawl 50 yards without stopping
  • Back crawl 50 yards without stopping

Swim Training: Adult Competitive — Age 18+

Masters Swim Training

Coached swim training for competitive swimmers, triathletes, open water swimmers, and those looking for a great total body workout. No competitive experience required. This program is in association with the YMCA Rays Swim Team. Offered for three 16-week sessions per year. Find Classes

Adult Drop-In Swim Training

Instructor led, hour long  swim training for triathletes, open water swimmers, competitive swimmers and those looking for a great total body workout. Find Drop-In Times and Locations

Private & Semi-Private Lessons — All Ages

Whether you are a beginner or just looking to fine tune your competitive stroke, our certified instructors will help you achieve your goals with lessons designed to meet your needs. Swim lessons are available individually, with a partner, or in a small group.

Private Swim Lesson Packages

15 minutes 30 minutes Lessons are available by appointment only. Call 616-855-9622 to sign up today!

Semi-Private Swim Lesson Packages

15 minute 30 minute 45 minute 60 minute *Pricing varies based on ratio of participants to instructor. Lessons are available by appointment only. Call 616-855-9622 to sign up today!

Jump Start Four-Day Clinics — Age 3-12

Jump Start Four Day Clinics:

Taught by certified instructors, our four day clinics will help your swimmer reach new levels whether they are learning how to swim for the first time or they are aspiring to compete on a swim team. Each swimmer will receive attention with instruction focused on stroke development, technique, lifesaving skills, and more. All levels are welcome and will be separated by age and skill level.   AVAILABILITY COMING SOON!   AGES Ages 3-5 – 45 minutes Ages 6-12 – 60 minutes