Canandaigua Family YMCA
YMCA

Youth Swimming

Youth Swim Lessons

All lessons will take place Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and be run on a monthly basis. Swim lessons are currently for members only.

Group Lessons:

Swim Starters: Accompanied by a parent in the water, 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.

Swim Basics: Accompanied by a parent in the water, 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.

Swim Strokes: 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. Please note: Parents/Guardians are able to help swimmers get ready for class, but are not allowed to stay and watch the lessons. Instructors will be on the pool deck for the lesson.

At this time, all group lessons will be free for Family and Individual Parent Memberships. Youth Memberships can participate for a nominal fee.

There will be a maximum of 5 students in each class.

Register for lessons today.

Private Lessons:

  • One Month (Four Classes): $120
  • Two Months (Eight Classes): $240

Please note: The swim instructor will be in the water during private swim lessons.


              Swim Starters                                                     Swim Basics                                                                  Swim Strokes

Swim Starters:

In Water Discovery, your child  will learn how to:

  • Blow bubbles on the surface of the water
  • Move and float with their chin in the water
  • Move and float with their head on your shoulder
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Grab the pool wall
  • Enter and exit the water

In Water Exploration, your child will learn how to:

  • Blow bubbles with mouth and nose submerged in the water
  • Move and float while blowing bubbles in the water
  • Move and float with their head on your chest
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Monkey crawl
  • Enter and exit the water

Swim Basics:

In Water Acclimation, 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

In Water Movement, 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

In Water Stamina, 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:

In Stroke Introduction, 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 yard

In Stroke Development, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
  • Breaststroke for 25 yards
  • Butterfly with simultaneous arm action and kick for 15 yards
  • Back crawl for 25 yards
  • Sidestroke for 25 yards
  • Dive from a kneeling position
  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for two minutes
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

In Stroke Mechanics, your child will:

  • Swim the front crawl for 50 yards and do a flip turn
  • Breaststroke for 50 yards and do an open turn
  • Butterfly for 25 yards
  • Back crawl for 25 yards and do a flip turn
  • Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards
  • Dive from a standing position
  • Tread water for one minute and retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool
  • Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards

Should there be lightning in the area that would force us to close our pool, you will be notified immediately.