In Arizona it is very important to know your strokes and be safe around the water! Take swimming lessons at the Northwest Valley Family YMCA and be a confident swimmer. Pick your level!
PARENT-CHILD SWIM LESSONS (6-36 MONTHS OLD WITH PARENT IN WATER)
Infant and toddler water adjustment class enhances motor coordination and social skills, plus an introduction to water safety. Parent and child have the opportunity to spend quality time together. Child must be accompanied by a supervising adult in the water.
PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS (3-5 YEARS OLD)
This level helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, proper use of IFDs and PFDs, and comfort with holding their face in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming.
This level is for children who are comfortable in the water, including blowing bubbles with their face in the water. They are taught to kick, float, and perform the progressive crawl stroke. They also learn basic boating safety and use of PFDs. Children can swim 15 feet without assistance at the end of this level.
More advanced level for the child who can swim on their front, back, and side for 25 yards with floatation device and 15 feet without. Emphasis is placed on endurance, front and backstroke, modified breaststroke and elementary backstroke.d side strokes with face in and breathing. Breaststroke is also introduced along with more advanced water safety skills. Children can swim 20 feet without assistance by the end of this level. Starfish Children continue to refine their strokes including front crawl with side breathing, elementary backstroke with glide, back crawl with straight arms, breaststroke with glide, and sidestroke. They also learn underwater swimming skills. Children can swim 40 feet without assistance at the end of this level.
SCHOOL AGE SWIM LESSONS (6-12 YEARS OLD)
This is the beginning level for school-age children. It gets children acquainted with the pool, comfortable in the water, introduces the use of floatation devices, and floating. By the end of this level they should know the front crawl stroke, side and backstroke. Children have more confidence by the end of this level and should feel comfortable blowing bubbles with their face in the water.
Children in this level are able to swim at least 20 feet on front, back, and side. They are introduced to the backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Children can swim a length of the pool without assistance at the end of this level.
For children able to swim independently for a distance of 25 yards with the following strokes: front crawl with side breathing, basic elementary backstroke, back crawl with strait arms, and rudimentary sidestroke and breaststroke. This class is beginning preparation for our Y Barracudas Recreational Swim Team. Water safety skills are also emphasized. Fish At this point, students work to perform the crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke and sidestroke, with turns. They are introduced to the butterfly. They continue to work on refining and combining skills while building endurance. Flying Fish At this level students should have refined front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and be able to swim 100 yards continuously,
Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Private swim lessons are for all ages and abilities. Use them to in lieu group lessons, or to supplement group lessons by honing in on specific skills. The instructor will work to meet established goals (survival, triathlon training, technique, fitness, etc). Private lessons are scheduled around you to best meet your needs. Semi-Private lessons are for 2 children of similar swimming ability to get a low instructor to student ratio.