Announcement:

We are very excited to bring back Youth Group Swim Lessons to the Kennebec Valley YMCA! With the latest DECD/CDC guidance, we are now able to bring back one of our most popular programs starting this Summer!

Click the link below for more information n Swim Lesson levels, day/times, and other important information! If you are interested in registering for lessons, please contact our Aquatics Director, Natalie: nataliec@kvymca.org 

YOUTH SWIM LESSONS

Parent - Child

Parent - Child

Ages 6 months - 3 years

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.

Water Discovery A:
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment

Water Discovery B:
Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills

Preschool / Youth

3 years - 12 years

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
  • Jump, push, turn, grab


Preschool 1: Water acclimation
Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance

Preschool 2: Water movement
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently

Preschool 3: Water stamina
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages

Preschool 4: Stroke introduction
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke

Youth 1-3: Water movement
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently

Youth 4: Stroke introduction
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke

Youth 5: Stroke development
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke

Youth 6: Stroke mechanics
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle

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