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The Swim Basics program teaches preschoolers about personal water safety and basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills—swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab.

Kids learn safe water habits, underwater exploration, how to swim safely and exit the water. Lessons are a mix of activities, games, and drills. Ratio 1:6.

Teaching safety in and around the water.
  • Ages: Three through five years
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Eight-class session cost: $65 for members and $150 for non-members, your child must be a Y member to receive the discounted rate
  • Parent participation: Parents and Guardians are not in the water with their child in this age group. Parents and Guardians must stay on deck during the length of the child's swim lesson. 
Choosing a Level: 

It’s simple! Just sign up for Preschool lessons and we’ll determine the appropriate stage for your child.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL LESSONS

 

Stage 1 Water Acclimation

Preschoolers develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

In this class, your child will:

  • Bob to submerge in the water
  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet with help
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
  • Roll from back to front and front to back with help
  • Jump, push, turn, grab with help
  • Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
  • Exit the water
Stage 2 Water Movement

Preschoolers focus on body position and control, directional change, forward movement in the water and continue to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for kids who aren’t yet able to do a front and back float on their own.

In this class, your child will:

  • Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Jump, push, turn, grab
  • Swim, float, swim five yards
  • Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
  • Exit the water
Stage 3 Water Stamina

Preschoolers learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. The class also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm/leg action. This class is for kids who aren’t yet able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.

In this class, your child will:

  • Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
  • Swim on their front and back for 10 yards
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
  • Swim, float, swim 15 yards
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Exit the water

Swim Strokes - Having mastered the fundamentals, Preschoolers learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique.

 

Stage 4 Stroke Introduction

Preschoolers learn the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. This class is for kids who aren’t yet able to swim 15 yards of front and back crawl.

In this class, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
  • Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
  • Butterfly kick for 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Dive from a sitting position
  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards