Canandaigua Family YMCA

Canandaigua Family YMCA

Youth Development. Healthy Living. Social Responsibility.

Phone 585.394.6866
Child Care 585.394.1440

Youth Swim

Swim lessons are designed to build confidence and endurance, teach water safety, as well as water sports and games while allowing children to progress through the steps of learning how to swim. It is expected that a child will repeat a certain level multiple times until they are developmentally ready to move on.

Jump In with Youth Swim Lessons

Registration for the next swim session opens on April 9 for members and April 13 for non-members. You will be registering for the series that begins Sunday, April 30!

Young Child Lessons

Swim diapers are required for Skips and any other child who is not fully toilet trained. During the first lesson, the instructor will assess all children’s abilities and may move your child to a different level to better serve his or her needs.

COST for Youth Swim Lessons: $42/$74
SKIPS (Parent/Child ages 6-36 mos.) Songs, safety and water enjoyment with parent.
Monday: 9:15 – 9:45 am
Thursday: 9 – 9:30 am; 4:10 – 4:40 pm
Saturday: 9:00 – 9:30 am; 9:40 – 10:10 am

PRE-PIKE (Parent/Child ages 33mos-5 yrs. ) Transition from swimming with a parent to an instructor-directed class.
Parent/Child ages 24-32 months may participate but need past participation in Skips and instructor approval.
Monday: 9:55 – 10:25 am
Thursday: 4:50 – 5:20 pm; 9:40 – 10:10 am
Saturday: 10:20 – 10:50 am; 11 – 11:30 am

PIKE (3-5 yrs.) Introduction to swimming on front, back and side. Float belts used. Low instructor-to-student ratio.
Monday: 9:55 – 10:25 am
Tuesday: 4:40 – 5:10 pm
Wednesday: 6:50 – 7:20 pm
Thursday: 9:15 – 9:45 am; 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 – 9:30 am; 10:20 – 10:50 am

EEL (3-5 yrs.) Swimmers will move from wearing just 1-2 bubbles to no bubbles, while gaining endurance and confidence on front, back & side. Rhythmic breathing emphasized.
Monday: 9:15 – 9:45 am
Tuesday: 4:40 – 5:10 pm
Wednesday: 6:50 – 7:20 pm
Thursday: 9:55 – 10:25 am; 4:50 – 5:20 pm
Saturday: 9:40 – 10:10 am; 10:40 – 11:10 am

RAY (3-5 yrs.) Emphasis on strokes: front and back crawl, sidestroke, backstroke, breast stroke. Rhythmic breathing and kneeling dives. No float belts.
Tuesday: 5:20 – 5:50 pm
Saturday: 10:40 – 11:10 am

School Age Lessons

(Ages 6-14 years only) Children must be 6 years of age prior to enrolling in the youth levels. Youth lessons will provide beginning water adjustments through advanced stroke development accompanied by skills in water safety, personal safety and an appreciation of water sports and games.
Cost for all Youth Lessons: $42/$74

TADPOLE Beginners with little or no water experience. Introduction to swimming on front, back and side. Float belts are used.
Thursday: 4:00 – 4:40 pm
Saturday: 9:00 – 9:40 am

POLLIWOG For those comfortable wearing just 1-2 bubbles. Gain endurance and confidence on front, back, and side while working toward no float belt.
Tuesday: 3:50 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 – 6:40 pm
Thursday: 4:30 – 5:10 pm
Saturday: 9:00 – 9:40 am; 9:50 – 10:30 am

GUPPY Front/back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke. Rhythmic breathing/kneeling dives. No float belts.
Tuesday: 3:50 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 – 6:40 pm
Thursday: 5:20 – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 – 9:40 am; 9:50 – 10:30 am

MINNOW Further stroke development. Rotary breathing/standing dives.
Tuesday: 5:20 – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 3:45 – 4:25 pm
Saturday: 9:50 – 10:30 am

Fish Further stroke development with butterfly, open turns and surface dives.
Saturday: 10:40 – 11:20 am

Pre-Competitive Prepare for swim team with our pre-competitive program. This class teaches stroke technique, starts, turns and streamlines. Pre-requisites: Completion of Ray or Guppy and ability to swim 25 yds. on front and back.
Wednesday: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Cost: $85/$145

Private Swim Lessons Every child deserves an opportunity to learn to swim. We can provide one-on-one private lessons OR an assistant for group lessons. These lessons are for all!
2 – 30 min. lessons $50/$75
5 – 30 min. lessons $120/$145
10 – 30 min. lessons $200/$235
Contact Shelby for more information.

Safety First

Why swim bands?
As we strive to make our pool safe, we want to assist parents in determining the level of swim readiness of their child.

How does this work?
If your child hasn’t been tested in swim lessons or in another capacity, see a lifeguard to be tested. Once your child has been tested it will be recorded in our computer system. Every time your child plans to swim please stop at the front desk where they will issue you the correct swim band for your child.

What do you have to do for each band level?
Here is a full description of the Band Test that needs to be passed for each level.

Please note: There are NO exceptions. If you do not wish to have your child tested, he/she will NEED to wear an IFD or PFD and have a parent IN THE WATER, within arms’ reach.

Canandaigua YMCA Lightning Policy

The pool will be closed when there are storms with extensive lightning in close proximity to the YMCA. It will remain closed until the storm cell has passed the area, up to 30 minutes after the last lightning was seen. Members are encouraged to wait out the storm, but out of the water and away from the windows. The National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) recommends closing both indoor and outdoor bathing facilities during a thunderstorm.

The need to close the pool will be determined by the Aquatic Director, duty officer or lifeguards on duty. The National Weather Service radio or internet issued reports of “watches” (conditions favorable to develop severe weather) or “warnings” (severe weather reported in the area) along with radar images available through the internet ( should be used to make informed decisions on the timing and duration of a closure. The number of seconds between a lightning flash and thunder divided by five will give you the distance, in miles, from your location. The goal is to provide an increased level of safety for the members and staff without undue interruption to program.

For more information contact Aquatics Director, Grace Conklin at 585.394.6866.

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