Preschool Swim Lessons

(Ages 3-5) Our preschool swim lessons introduce water propulsion, floating, body awareness and independence, all while focusing on water safety and drowning prevention. We introduce a few basic swim strokes: front crawl, back crawl and butterfly. On the first day of class, instructors will place your child into the appropriate lesson group. From there, children progress at their own pace. Progression levels include:

Level 1: Water Acclimation

  • Encourages children to explore their aquatic environment with instructors’ help
  • Teaches basic aquatic and boating safety, and how to exit in the event of falling into a body of water

Level 2: Water Movement

  • Focuses on body position and control, forward movement and directional change.
  • Encourages children to propel themselves and glide through water
  • Teaches basic water safety skills in the form of jump, push, turn and grab, and swim-float-swim

Level 3: Water Stamina

  • Teaches rotary movement with breathing in the form of side-glide recovery position
  • Encourages forward movement on the front and back and swimming longer distances
  • Teaches safety techniques in deep water and how to swim to safety

Level 4: Stroke Introduction

  • Teaches the front crawl, back crawl and butterfly strokes
  • Teaches safety techniques in deep water

The following YMCA of Metro Chicago centers offer Preschool Swim Lessons:

YMCA Center Address View Schedule
Buehler 1400 West Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067 click here
Elmhurst 211 W. First St., Elmhurst, IL 60126 click here
Foglia 1025 N. Old McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 60047 click here
Fry 2120 W. 95th St., Naperville, IL 60564 click here
Greater LaGrange 1100 E. 31st St., LaGrange Park, IL 60526 click here
Hastings Lake 1995 Grass Lake Rd., Lindenhurst, IL 60046 click here
High Ridge 2424 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL 60645 click here
Indian Boundary 711 59th St., Downers Grove, IL 60516 click here
Irving Park 4251 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641 click here
Kroehler Family 34 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540 click here
Lake View 3333 N. Marshfield, Chicago, IL 60657 click here
Lattof 300 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines, IL 60016 click here
Leaning Tower 6300 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, IL 60714 click here
Sage 701 Manor Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 click here
South Chicago 3039 E. 91st St., Chicago, IL 60617 click here
South Side 6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637 click here
West Communities 6235 S. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL 60629 click here



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