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Youth Swim Lessons

The Y's youth swim lessons teach and hone swimming skills while building confidence in the water. Our trained, certified, professional staff gives each class participant personal attention to ensure quality and safety.

Shrimp/Kipper/Inia/Perch

Ages 6-36 Months

A fun water adjustment class for parent-child teams to socialize and have fun together. Instructors work with you to teach your child basic water skills and safety through songs, games and repetition.

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Pike

Ages 3-5

This class leads your child in their first steps toward independence in the water. Instructors creatively teach beginning swim and safety skills, in a caring and safe environment - without the parent/guardian.

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Ray-Starfish

Ages 3-5

In this advanced class for pre-schoolers, instructors teach your child skills in rotary breathing, stroke development, and floating. Prerequisite: Completion of Eel and ability to swim a part of the class without a flotation.

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Home School Swim Lessons

Ages 3-5

Beginner and advanced beginner level for the Pike/Eel levels. This will be a 30 min lesson. The last day of class will be 15 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes family swim.

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Polliwog

Ages 6-12

This class guides your child through beginning skills including floating, water safety, introduction to rotary breathing and swimming on their back. Flotation devices are used as needed.

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Minnow

Ages 6-12

This intermediate level, takes your child through the mastery of back crawl and introduces breast stroke and endurance swimming. Prerequisite: Completion of Guppy.

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Pike & Parent

Ages 2 1/2-4

A class designed for the child who has taken the Shrimp/Kipper/Inia/Perch class or is ready for Pike level skills, but feels more comfortable having a parent/adult accompany them to class. The instructor will work with you and your child to prepare them for the Pike level class. A parent/adult must participate in the water with the child.

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Eel

Ages 3-5

An intermediate level of swim and safety helps your child build on their beginning swimming skills, learn to swim with their face in the water and become more comfortable on their back. Prerequisite: Completion of Pike and ability to swim horizontally with a small cube and without arm floatation.

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Home School Swim Lessons

Ages 6-15

Beginner through intermediate lessons for the Polliwog through Shark levels. Swimmers are evaluated and grouped by ability.

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Guppy

Ages 6-12

This class builds upon the skills learned in Polliwog. Instructors help swimmers master the front crawl, teach the importance of proper body alignment and introduce back crawl. Prerequisite: Completion of Polliwog.

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Fish/Flying Fish/Shark

Ages 6-12

These advanced level classes take children through the mastery of the breaststroke and butterfly, emphasizing endurance, fitness, and pre-swim team skills. Safety, including an introduction to lifesaving will also be taught. Prerequisite: Completion of Minnow.

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Teen Swim Lessons

Ages 13-17

Beginner to intermediate. This program provides basic swim lessons designed to help learn or improve skills and overcome the fear of water.

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Pre-Competitive Swim Team

Ages 7-12

This program for the advanced swimmer helps perfect the four competitive strokes, improve starts and turns, and build up endurance. Prerequisite: Minnow level and/or ability to swim 50 yards perfected freestyle and back crawl.

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Pool Rental

Our pool is available for your birthday parties or other special events. It's a unique, fun, and healthy way to celebrate a special occasion. At Maple call Glenda at (269) 345-9622 x127 or at Portage call Missy (269) 324-9622 x420.