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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.

NOTE: We have recently changed the name categories of youth swim classes, referring to each category now as LEVEL 1-6. If you have any questions or need any clarification, please email the Aquatics Department.

Level A

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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Level B

Ages 2-4

A class designed for the child who has taken the Level A, 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 Level 1 and 2 class. A parent/adult must participate in the water with the child. Instructor will help parent to teach child skills. Goal is to prepare child for Level 1 and 2 class.

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Level 1 and 2

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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Level 3

Ages 3-5

This intermediate level of swim and safety helps your child build on their swimming skills, learn to swim with their face in the water and become more comfortable on their back. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 2 and ability to swim horizontally with a small cube and without arm floatation.

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Level 3

Ages 6-12

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

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Level 4

Ages 3-5 years

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

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Level 4

Ages 6-12

This class builds upon the skills learned in Level 4. Instructors help swimmers master the front crawl. teach the importance of proper body alignment and introduce the back crawl. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 4.

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Level 5

Ages 6-12

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and side stroke.

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Level 6

Ages 6-12

The intermediate level takes your child through the mastery of back crawl and introduces breast stroke and endurance swimming. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 5.

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Stroke and Endurance

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 Level 6.

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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: Level 6 and/or ability to swim 50 yards perfected freestyle and back crawl.

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Private Swim Lessons

The YMCA offers a variety of options for private lessons. Please contact the aquatics department for more information and scheduling at either the Maple or Portage branch.

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Home School Swim Lessons

Ages 3-5

Beginner and advanced beginner level for Level 1 through Level 3.

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Home School Swim Lessons

Ages 6-15

Beginner through intermediate lessons for Level 3 through Level 6 swimmers. Swimmers are evaluated and grouped by ability.

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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 Renee at (269) 345-9622 x127 or at Portage call Missy (269) 324-9622 x420.