Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
A/ WATER DISCOVERY
Parents accompany children in Stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
B/ WATER EXPLORATION
In Stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
Swim, float, swim - sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
Jump, push, turn, grab
1/ WATER ACCLIMATION
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in Stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for student's future progress in swimming.
2/ WATER MOVEMENT
In Stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
3/ WATER STAMINA
In Stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
4/ STROKE INTRODUCTION
Students in Stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
5/ STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Students in Stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
6/ STROKE MECHANICS
In Stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming into a healthy lifestyle.
Water Fitness Classes
Water Fitness classes consist of a variety of water exercises to meet the needs of all ages and fitness levels. It is easy-to-learn, safe, and low-impact to minimize muscle soreness. The natural buoyancy of water supports joints and creates a resistant environment to work muscles.
Want to participate? You will need a bathing suit and towel. A certified lifeguard is on duty during all class sessions. We encourage participants to start in a program in which they will be successful initially and then move into a higher level program as they become more comfortable with water exercise. The following are ranked in order from least to most difficult.
Low-Impact for people with arthritis and any other joint related conditions. You will experience a fun, social environment while relieving the pain and stiffness associated with your joints leading to a happier, healthier life.
You will enhance your flexibility, muscle balance and cardiovascular fitness to develop a healthier you.
JAVA AND JIVE
Jump right into our early morning class and build cardiovascular fitness and strength. Because of the low-impact format, it is suitable for every age and fitness level, from beginning exercisers through elite athletes.
Enjoy the water while focusing on flexibility and cardiovascular training to raise both the heart rate and the intake of oxygen.
NEW!! EVENING SPLASH
A water exercise program proven to help you live better. Suitable for every fitness level. Reduce pain and stiffness while increasing strength, flexibility and endurance.
Cross training is the key to never letting you body adapt to a certain exercise. You will be challenged in a variety of ways - short swimming drills, high repetition training, calisthenics, treading water with weights, and high intensity interval training. You do not need to be a proficient swimmer to participate.
Some classes may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met.
Schedule changes may necessitate instructor changes without notice.
Unfortunately, we cannot refund for missed classes or allow make-ups in other classes.
The YMCA prohibits individuals from teaching swim instruction for personal profit; only approved YMCA staff are allowed to serve as instructors.