School Age Swim Lessons (ages 5-12)

(Ages 5-12) Our school-age swim lessons introduce water propulsion, floating, body awareness and independence, all while focusing on water safety and drowning prevention. We cover all major swim strokes, and eventually introduce competitive swimming techniques like racing-starts and flip-turns.

On the first day of class, instructors will determine the starting “stage” for your child, and place them into the appropriate lesson group. From there, children progress at their own pace through the six school age stages.

 

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Students will become comfortable independently going underwater and learn how to exit the water safely. Safety is reinforced when students learn about the importance of lifeguard/adult supervision, asking permission before going into any body of water, and life jackets. Goggles are not recommended for this stage.

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Stage 2: Water Movement

Students will learn independent front and back glides, and swim sequences to reach safety. Safety will be reinforced when students learn about finding help, reach or throw, don’t go, and backyard pool safety. Goggles are not recommended for this stage.

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Stage 3: Water Stamina

Students will build endurance to perform the safety sequence of swim-float-swim up to a length of the pool. Treading water up to one minute and getting to safety in deep water will be reinforced through jump-push-turn-grab sequence. Safety will be reinforced when students learn about sun safety and calling 9-1- 1. Goggles are not recommended for this stage.

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Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students will be introduced to basic front and back crawl, as well as butterfly and breaststroke kicks. Students will also work on treading water endurance and be introduced to elementary backstroke. Safety will be reinforced when students learn about beach and boating safety and basic first aid practices. Goggles are recommended for this stage.

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Stage 5: Stroke Development

(Recommended for school age participants.) Students will master the front and back crawl, learn butterfly, breaststroke, and sidestroke, all while building endurance. Safety will be reinforced when students learn open water safety strategies, how to help someone who is choking, and the importance of rest. Goggles are recommended for this stage.

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Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

(Recommended for school age participants.) Students will master all four competitive strokes and both resting strokes while working on endurance. Competitive shallow dives and turns will be introduced. Safety will be reinforced when students learn basic CPR skills, releasing cramps, and the importance of continued physical activity. Goggles are recommended for this stage.

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Policies and procedures

Make-Ups: While not guaranteed, make-ups may be considered if appropriate space is available. Refunds and credits will not be issued for missed classes.

Cancellations and Credit Vouchers: If you are unable to attend a session of classes that you have registered for, kindly give us a one week notice before the session begins so that we can fill the spot or make a determination if the class has met minimum enrollment. If we are able to cancel, we will issue you a credit voucher in the amount that you paid for the class.

 

Questions?

If you have any additional questions, please contact Tracy Gray, Aquatic Director at 630.420.6270 or tgray@ymcachicago.org.

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