Activity: Swim

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students in this stage focus on the following: Developing endurance in the competitive strokes Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns Enhancing skills… Read More

Stage 5: Stroke Development

Stage 5: Stroke Development | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage 5: Stroke Development Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students in this stage focus on the following: Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl Developing the breaststroke and butterfly Building endurance techniques for… Read More

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in this stage focus on the following: Developing the front crawl and back crawl Introducing components of the breaststroke… Read More

Stage 3: Water Stamina

Stage 3: Water Stamina | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage 3: Water Stamina In this stage, 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. Students in this stage focus on the following: Integrating arm action,… Read More

Stage 2: Water Movement

Stage 2: Water Movement | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage 2: Water Movement In this stage, 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. Students in this stage focus on the following: Exploring the aquatic environment and personal… Read More

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Stage 1: Water Acclimation | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage 1: 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. Students in this stage focus on the following: Exploring the aquatic environment and… Read More

Stage B: Water Exploration

Stage B: Water Exploration | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage B: Water Exploration In this stage, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. The goals of this stage include the following: Encouraging children to move purposefully in the water in response to visual and verbal cues and using toys and flotation devices Emphasizing… Read More

Stage A: Water Discovery

Stage A: Water Discovery | Swimming & Aquatics Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Stage A: Water Discovery Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. The goals of this stage include the following: Encouraging parents to set developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers enrolled in swim lessons… Read More

Southwest Valley Family YMCA – Mighty Mahi

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We are excited to announce our 13th season of the Mighty Mahi Summer Swim & Dive Team! The Mighty Mahi Swim & Dive Team is a recreational summer team that practices and competes May through July. This is a great way to introduce our youth to the basics of competitive swimming and diving in a fun, no-pressure environment.… Read More

Ross Farnsworth East Valley Blue Sharks Swim Team

Ross Farnsworth East Valley Blue Sharks Swim Team | Youth | Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Join the Ross Farnsworth East Valley Blue Sharks Swim Team to take your child’s swimming to the next level! Competitive Swim Team ages 6 – 15 years Improve stroke technique, build confidence and increase stamina Must be able to swim 50 yards Freestyle without stopping Moderate knowledge of at least two of the four strokes… Read More