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    Parent & Child (under 3 years old) Swim Lessons

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Parent & Child swim class allows the new little swimmer to adjust to the aquatic environment and begin to learn aquatic safety. Basic water skills such as kicking, breath control, body control, movements in response to visual or verbal cues will be taught.  It is a wonderful time to begin to explore the water while bonding with your child.  This level allows your child to transition to Preschool Swim lessons more easily. Lessons are located at the YMCA18th Street Pool. Sessions are comprised of 8 classes. Classes meet 2 nights a week for 30 minutes on Tuesday/Thursdays or Monday/Wednesdays.

Spring 2014 Parent Child Session Dates:

           April 14th-May 8th  (Registration Closing April 12th)

Days: Monday/Wednesdays                                 Days: Tuesday/Thursdays

Time: 6:40-7:10pm                                             Time: 6:40-7:10pm

Location: 18th Street                                             Location: 18th Street 

Spring 2014 Group Lesson Session Dates:  

   April 14th-May 8th  (Registration Closing April 12th)

Group Lessons Registration Fee:

Members: $30

Non-Members: $40

Minimum 4 participants maximum 9 per class

  Preschool Program (3-5 years old) 

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Preschool Swim Lessons are an introduction to water that slowly builds and progresses. Children learn safety in an aquatics environment, as well as the fundamentals of swim strokes. Lessons are located at the YMCA18th Street Pool. Sessions are comprised of 8 classes. Classes meet 2 nights a week for 30 minutes on Tuesday/Thursdays or Monday/Wednesdays.

Red Cross Preschool Aquatics is designed to give young children a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience. 

Preschool Level 1

In this level, young preschool children will begin to orient themselves to the aquatic environment and gain basic aquatic skills in each category at the most rudimentary levels.  It also helps children develop comfort in, on and around water. 

Preschool Level 2

Children build upon basic skills and begin learning propulsive swimming movements both on the front and the back.  Appropriate personal safety and rescue skills are included to help children meet safety goals.  In this level, children gain a greater independence and comfort in and around water.  

Preschool Level 3

The objective of Preschool level 3 is to build on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 by providing additional guided practice of basic aquatic skills at slightly more proficient performance levels and greater distances and times.  Skills in this level are performed independently. 

Learn to Swim Program (6-14 years old)

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Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and personal water safety skills in a logical progression.  It consists of six levels.  Throughout the levels, participants build on their basic skills to learn various propulsive movements on the front, back, and side.  As the levels increase, participants learn to refine the different strokes and build endurance.  Each level includes exit skills assessments that put many of the skills learned in the level. Levels 1-2 are located at the YMCA 18th Street Pool and Level 3-6 are located at the 16th Street Pool. Sessions are comprised of 8 classes. Classes meet 2 nights a week for 30 minutes on Tuesday/Thursdays or Monday/Wednesdays.

Please note that all lessons are taught utilizing the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum.  The use of float belts or other personal floatation devices will not be allowed. 

Level 1

The objectives of Level 1 are to learn basic personal water safety information and skills, to help participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.  In level 1, elementary aquatic skills are learned.  At this level, participants start developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits, and safe practices in and around water. 

Level 2

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 2 are to give participants success with fundamental skills.  Participants learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position.  This level marks the beginning of the true locomotion skills.  Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back that lay the foundation for future strokes. 

Level 3

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 3 are to build on previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice.  Participants learn to survival float, swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke.  An introduction of scissor and dolphin kicks and the beginnings of treading water take place.  Participants will also learn the rules with headfirst water entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside. 

Level 4

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 4 are to develop participants' confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills.  In level 4 participants improve their skills and increase their endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances.  Participants add the arms to the scissor kick for the sidestroke.  Participants will also begin to learn the back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly.

Level 5

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 5 are coordination and refinement of strokes.  Participants refine their performance of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke) and increase their distances.  Flip turns on the front and back are also introduced. 

Level 6

The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 6 are to refine strokes so participants swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness and over greater distances.  Level 6 also introduces other aquatic activities and offers three options- Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, and Fitness Swimmer.  These options focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses, such as the Water Safety Instructor Course, or other aquatic activities, such as competitive swimming or diving.   

Private Lessons

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Private lessons will be offered in sessions of 4 or sessions of 8. Each session is 30 minutes in duration and will meet on the same days and times each week. Lessons will be set up Monday-Friday. The rate for 4 half hour sessions is $50 (members) and $60 (non-members). The rate for 8 half hour sessions is $100 (members) and $120 (non-members).

Private Lessons are available for a one-to-one ratio for ages 3yrs to adult for personalized sessions. (Parent+ Child Lessons are recommended for those under 3years.) 

 Days and times

The day and time options for private lessons can be found on the attached registration form.

Parents will receive a schedule for the sessions after registration has been completed. A variety of instructors will be available for private lesson sessions.

Private Lesson times are subject to pool and instructor availability.

Registration Process

Fill out and return the attached registration form to the front desk.

A call will be returned to you when an instructor has been found to confirm a start date. You will hear from the YMCA within 2 weeks from receiving the request form. A schedule will then be mailed to you confirming all lesson dates.

Cancellation Policy

If you are going to miss a scheduled lesson regardless of reason, you must notify Collette a minimum of 24 hours prior to the start of the lesson. Please try to plan accordingly if at all possible. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the lesson. The instructor will then be in contact about a future make-up date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Collette at the Hastings YMCA.                                                402-463-3139   colletteb@hastingsymca.net