Swim Lessons

DSC_6036_DxOThe Waynesboro Family YMCA has taught thousands of people, young and old, in the Valley how to swim. Regardless of your age or ability, we have trained staff to assist you in your growth and development. Please contact us for assistance in finding the appropriate time and skill level that meets your needs. We look forward to serving you.

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Contact our Aquatics Director, Denise Hill:
(540) 943-9622 Ext. 206
YMCAaquatics@lumos.net

 

PROGRAM

The Waynesboro Family YMCA is excited to introduce the YMCA New Swim Program. Not sure which program to sign yourself or your child into? Check out the descriptions below.

 

What age group does the student fall into?

6 months-3 years
Parent & Child Stages A/B

3 years – 5 years
Preschool: Stages 1-4

5 years-12 years
School Age: Stages 1-6

12+ years
Teen & Adult: Stages 1-6

 

Natural progression

All age groups are taught the same skills, but divided according to developmental milestones. The curriculum is geared toward how children and adults learn:

  • Swim Starters emphasizes active supervision by a parent and teaches students how to get to safety from a short distance
    Stage A Water Discovery
    Stage B Water Exploration
  • Swim Basics focus on body position and movement rather than technical form
    Stage 1 Water Acclimation
    Stage 2 Water Movement
    Stage 3 Water Stamina
  • Swim Strokes work to coordinate strokes and increase comfort and endurance
    Stage 4 Stroke Introduction
    Stage 5 Stroke Development
    Stage 6 Stroke Mechanics

 

Emphasis on safety

In addition to teaching swimming skills, all lessons include instruction on water and personal safety—from asking permission to get into the water to boating safety principles. The Y is committed to reducing the risk of drowning, which is a leading cause of death among children and adults.

 

Integration of core values

The YMCA is centered on four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Swim Lessons include age-appropriate opportunities to define, model and celebrate these core values.

 

What Stage is the Student Ready For?

Can the student respond to verbal cues and jump on land?
Not Yet: A/Water discovery

Is the student comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water?
Not Yet: B/Water Exploration

Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
Not Yet: 1/ Water Acclimation

Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
Not Yet: 2/ Water Movement

Can the student swim 10-15 yards on his or her front and back?
Not Yet: 3/ Water Stamina

Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
Not Yet: 4/ Stroke Introduction

Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and  breaststroke across the pool?
Not Yet: 5/ Stroke Development

Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?
Not Yet: 6/ Stroke Mechanics

 

Important Dates

Winter: January 3 – February 26
Registration Opens December 12, 2017

Early Spring: March 5 – May 6
Registration Opens February 12

Late Spring: May 14 – June 25
Registration Opens April 16

 

Winter Sessions 

Monday Lessons: 4:30-7:30 PM
1/8-2/26
3/5-4/30 (No Class March 26th)
5/14-6/25 (No Class May 28th) 6 Week Session

Wednesday Lessons: 10:30 AM-12 Noon         
Only Preschool Level 1-3
1/3-2/21
3/7-5/2 (No Class March 28th)
5/15-6/20 (6 Week Session)

Thursday Lessons: 4:30-7:30 PM
1-4/2-22
3/8-5/3 (No Class March 29th)
5/17-6/21 (6 Week Session)

Friday Lessons: 4:30-6:30 PM
Only School Age Level 1-3
1/5/18-2/23
3/9-5/4 (No Class March 30th)
5/18-6/22 (6 Week Session)

Saturday Lessons: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/6-2/24
3/10-5/6 (No Class March 31st)
5/19-6/23 (6 Week Session)

 

Session Rates

 

YMCA Members
$46 for 8 weeks
$37 for 6 weeks

Program Members
$80 for 8 weeks
$60 for 6 weeks

 

PARENT/CHILD A/B– Ages 6 months – 3 years with parent

Accompanied by an adult, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence – building experiences, while caregivers learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Mondays 3:30-4:00 pm
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 am
Saturdays 11:00-11:30 am


Preschool Level 1 – Ages 3 – 5years 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 a student’s future progress in swimming.

Mondays/Thursdays 4:30-5:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 am
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am


Preschool Level 2 – Ages 3-5 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.

Mondays/Thursdays 5:00-5:30 pm
Wednesdays 11:30-12:00 pm
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am


Preschool Level 3 – Ages 3-5 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.

Mondays/Thursdays 5:30-6:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:30-12:00 pm
Saturdays 11:30-12:00 pm


School Age Level 1 – Ages 6-12 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 a student’s future progress in swimming.

Mondays/Thursdays 4:30-5:00 pm
Fridays 5:00-5:30 pm
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am


School Age Level 2 – Ages 6-12 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.

Mondays/Thursdays 5:00-5:30 pm
Fridays 4:30-5:00 pm
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am


School Age Level 3 – Ages 6-12 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.

Mondays/Thursdays 5:30-6:00 pm
Fridays 5:00-5:30 pm
Saturdays 11:30-12:00 pm


School Age Level 4 – Ages 6-12 Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Mondays/Thursdays/Fridays 6:00-6:30 pm
Fridays 5:30-6:00 pm
Saturdays 12:00-12:30 pm


School Age Level 5 – Ages 6-12 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 side stroke.

Mondays/Thursdays 6:30-7:00 pm
Fridays 5:30-6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:30-10:00 am


School Age Level 6 – Ages 6-12 Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes. Learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Mondays 7:00-7:30 pm
Fridays 6:00-6:30 pm
Saturdays 9:00-9:30 am


Adaptive Aquatics – Ages 3-18

Aquatic exercise is highly recommended for children with special needs. Most children are able to learn to swim with patient, caring swim instructors. This program is open to children with (but not limited to) Autism, Cerebral Palsy, MS, Down syndrome, and physical limitations. Parents work with the instructor to set goals and the children work one-on-one with an instructor over the course of 6 weeks to reach those goals. Please contact the aquatics office at (540)943-9622 x206 for more information. Allotted time is one hour for entrance and exit of water. Lesson is half an hour long.

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 pm

 

Teen and Adult Aquatic Programs

Instructors help to build skills, confidence and endurance in the pool. Beginner swimmers, not comfortable in the water, will learn the basics including putting their face in the water, floating on their back, and basic front and back crawl, with or without a flotation device. Swimmers who are comfortable in the water will work on basic strokes and learning how to lap swim.

Saturdays 12:30-1:00 pm

 

Homeschool Aquatic Programs

Need to hit the PE requirement for your homeschool? Come join us for a time of dedicated space for homeschoolers to learn to swim (preschool lessons 2-2:30 pm, School-age lessons 2:30-3:00 pm), try new aquatic sports and fellowship with others. An instructor will develop a program based on ages and stages of participants.

Thursdays 2:00-3:00 pm

 

 


Want more information?

Stop by the front desk or contact us by email or phone.