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.

Availability

Spring Session

April 17 – June 4

Registration Deadline:
April 10, 2017

Ages/Lessons

Parent and Child Lessons — Age 6 Months - 5

Very young children gain comfort in and around water while spending time bonding with their parent in the pool.

Parent Child 1

Age 6 Months – 23 Months

It’s never too early to learn skills for confidence, safety and survival in and around the water. Swimmer must be at least 6 months old on first day of class and be able to control head movement.

Parent/ Child 2

Age 2 years – 3 years

This class aids in your swimmer’s transition to the preschool program. Swimmers will learn basic strokes and skills.

Preschool Swim Lessons — Age 3-5

Beginner (Preschool 1: Pike)

No prerequisite. Swimmers will gain comfort and confidence in the water while learning basic stroke and skills.

 

Pre-requisites: Ability to perform these skills

  • Put face up to ears in water for at least 3 seconds
  • Perform front and back float 10 seconds with assistance
  • Swim 5 yards on front or back with flotation
  • Listen and follow directions

Intermediate (Preschool 2: Eel)

Must pass Preschool 1: Pike or perform equivalent skills. For swimmers who are well adjusted to the water and want more independence.

 

Pre-requisites: Must pass Preschool 1: Pike or ability to perform these skills

  • Front and back float 3-5 seconds with no assistance
  • Swim 10 yards on front and back with flotation
  • Swim 2 yards on front with face in the water and no flotation, and 2 yards on back without flotation
  • Jump into shallow water and recover to wall

Advanced (Preschool 3: Ray/Starfish)

Must pass Preschool 2: Eel or perform equivalent skills. For swimmers who are ready to further develop strokes in deeper water. Swimmers get introduced to breaststroke and butterfly and perfect rescue skills.

 

Pre-requisites: Pass Preschool 2: Eel or ability to perform these skills

  • Front and back float 10 seconds without flotation and recover to a stand
  • Swim 10 yards on front and back with flotation
  • Swim 5 yards on front and back without flotation
  • 5 underwater bobs
  • Jump into water over their head and recover to wall

Kids Swim Lessons and Precompetitive Swim — Age 6+

Beginner (Youth 1: Polliwog)

Must pass Preschool 1: Pike/ Preschool 2: Eel or perform equivalent skills. For swimmers who are well adjusted to the water and want more independence.

 

Pre-requisites: Pass Preschool 1: Pike/ Preschool 2: Eel or ability to perform these skills

  • Front and back float 3-5 seconds with no assistance
  • Swim 10 yards on front and back with flotation
  • Swim 2 yards on front with face in the water and no flotation, and 2 yards on back without flotation
  • Jump into shallow water and recover to wall

Beginner (Youth 2: Guppy)

Must pass Preschool 3: Ray/Starfish / Youth 1: Polliwog or perform equivalent skills. For swimmers who are ready to further develop strokes in deeper water.

 

Pre-requisites: Pass Preschool 3: Ray/Starfish / Youth 1: Polliwog or ability to perform these skills

  • Front and back alternating paddle 20 feet
  • Front and back symmetrical paddle 20 feet
  • Tread water 10 seconds
  • Perform front and back glides
  • Jump into deep water and recover to wall

Intermediate (Youth 3: Minnow)

Must pass Preschool 3: Ray/Starfish / Youth 2: Guppy or perform equivalent skills. Swimmers refine crawl strokes and develop skills for advanced strokes.

 

Prerequisites: Pass Preschool 3: Ray/Starfish / Youth 2: Guppy or ability to perform these skills:

  • Front and back float 30 seconds
  • Front alternating paddle with flip on back for breath 25 yards
  • Back alternating paddle with flip on back for breath 25 yards
  • Front and back symmetrical paddle 25 yards
  • Tread water 20 seconds
  • Perform 10 underwater bobs

Intermediate (Youth 4: Fish)

Must pass Youth 3: Minnow or perform equivalent skills. Swimmers gain endurance and practice advanced strokes.

 

Pre-requisites: Pass Youth 3: Minnow or ability to perform these skills

  • Front and back crawl 25 yards
  • Front and back flutter kick 25 yards
  • Whip kick 15 yards
  • Scissors kick 25 yards
  • Perform breaststroke arm pulls 15 yards
  • Tread water 40 seconds

Advanced (Youth 5: Precompetitive Swim)

Must pass Youth 4: Fish or perform equivalent skills. 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 3 16 week sessions per year.

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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.

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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