Challenge yourself and get great exercise in a Y adult swim class

The swim lessons curriculum allows for both standardization and flexibility. The curriculum organization ensures that swim lessons programs look and sound the same at every Y across the country. But the way students move through the curriculum can be adapted to meet the needs of all Ys in all communities.

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Swim Basics

Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages.

Recommended Age Ranges: Preschool Youth (3–5 yrs.), School-Age Youth (5–12 yrs.), Teens & Adults (12+ yrs.)

Modify lesson length, as necessary, to fit the needs of your school-age, teen, or adult students.

In these three stages, students develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Group activities that reinforce learning help students progress. By the end of this series of stages, students 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
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 personal skills with instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

Water Acclimation Skills:

  • Breath Control: Submerge
  • Swim on Front: Front Glide, Front Float
  • Swim on Back: Back Float, Back Glide
  • Water Safety: Water Exit, Roll
  • Benchmark: Jump, Push, Turn, Grab Swim, Swim, Float

Swim Basics Stages

Swim Basics stages are designed to be taught in eight 30-minute lessons for preschoolers. Modify lesson length, as necessary, to fit the needs of your school-age, teen, or adult students.

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 skills without instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

Water Movement Skills:

  • Breath Control: Submerge
  • Swim on Front: Front Glide, Front Float
  • Swim on Back: Back Float, Back Glide
  • Water Safety: Water Exit, Roll, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Jump, Push, Turn, Grab Swim, Swim, Float

Swim Basics Stages

Swim Basics stages are designed to be taught in eight 30-minute lessons for preschoolers. Modify lesson length, as necessary, to fit the needs of your school-age, teen, or adult students.

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, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides
  • Developing forward movement on the front and back
  • Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water

Water Stamina Skills:

  • Breath Control: Submerge
  • Swim on Front: Swim on Front
  • Swim on Back: Swim on Back
  • Water Safety: Water Exit, Roll, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Jump, Swim, Turn, Grab Swim, Swim, Float

Swim Basics Stages

Swim Basics stages are designed to be taught in eight 30-minute lessons for preschoolers. Modify lesson length, as necessary, to fit the needs of your school-age, teen, or adult students.

Swim Strokes

Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students.

Recommended Age Ranges: School-Age Youth (5–12 yrs.), Teens & Adults (12+ yrs.)

Swim Strokes stages are designed to be taught in eight 40-minute lessons. This category also offers teens and adults of all abilities—those just learning to swim or those wanting to build on existing skills—the opportunity to receive instruction tailored to their specific needs.

In these three stages, 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.

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 and butterfly
  • Practicing safety techniques in deep water

Stroke Introduction Skills:

  • Swim on Front: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Swim on Back: Back Crawl
  • Water Safety: Dive, Resting Stroke, Elementary Backstroke, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Endurance

Swim Strokes Stages

Swim Strokes stages are designed to be taught in eight 40-minute lessons. This category also offers teens and adults of all abilities—those just learning to swim or those wanting to build on existing skills—the opportunity to receive instruction tailored to their specific needs.

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 deepwater safety

Stroke Development Skills:

  • Swim on Front: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Swim on Back: Back Crawl
  • Water Safety: Dive, Resting Stroke, Sidestroke, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Endurance

Swim Strokes Stages

Swim Strokes stages are designed to be taught in eight 40-minute lessons. This category also offers teens and adults of all abilities—those just learning to swim or those wanting to build on existing skills—the opportunity to receive instruction tailored to their specific needs.

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 and building endurance in deep water

Stroke Mechanics Skills:

  • Swim on Front: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Swim on Back: Back Crawl
  • Water Safety: Dive, Resting Stroke, Elementary Backstroke or Sidestroke, Tread Water
  • Benchmark: Endurance

Swim Strokes Stages

Swim Strokes stages are designed to be taught in eight 40-minute lessons. This category also offers teens and adults of all abilities—those just learning to swim or those wanting to build on existing skills—the opportunity to receive instruction tailored to their specific needs.

Adult Swim Lessons | Swim | Adult | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCALearn to safely swim and dive for fun and exercise in group or private lessons

The Valley of the Sun YMCA’s trained swim lesson instructors teach adult participants of all swim levels to meet new challenges as they set personal goals. Participants progress at their own pace and develop the skills necessary to swim safely for fun and exercise.

Private lessons provide one on one instruction and provide accelerated learning for the participant due to individualized attention the student receives.

Semi-private lessons allow two or more participants of similar skill level and age to learn together. Participants receive lessons with flexible scheduling that can be customized to your goals.

Semi Private lessons are a great way to learn at your own pace with a friend or family member. Group lessons teach participants to swim with the comfort of your peers in a group setting. Typical class size is 6 participants to 1 instructor. are available for adults of all levels of swim experience.

 

Swim | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Participants in our one-on-one private adult swim lessons will receive personalized goals and challenges.

Your customized plan allows you to progress at your own pace and gain the skills you need to swim safely for fun and for exercise.

 

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Adult Swim Lessons | Swim | Adult | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Participants in our semi-private adult swim lessons will receive personalized goals and challenges.

Your customized plan allows you to progress at your own pace and gain the skills you need to swim safely for fun and for exercise. This class is shared with 2 or more participants with a maximum of 6 participants.

 

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

YMCA Westside Silver Fins United States Dive Team | Southwest Valley YMCA | Teens Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

This class is designed for individuals who want to learn the fundamentals of diving.

Participates receive individualized attention and training in proper form, so no experience is necessary. Each participant receives eight 30-minute lessons.

 

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Swim | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Train for endurance and hone your technique in this structured Masters’ level program

The YMCA Masters Swim Team is designed for, but not limited to, the intermediate-advanced swimmer who would like to improve on endurance and stroke technique. Competitive swimmers and beginners are more than welcome to participate. Participants must be 18+ years or older.

 

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Adult Swim Lessons | Adults | Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Our trained aquatics instructors work with Adult participants of all swim levels to set personal goals and meet new challenges.

This enables participants to progress at their own pace so that they can develop the skills necessary to swim safely for fun and exercise. Private lessons provide one on one instruction and provide accelerated learning for the participant due to individualized attention the student receives.

 

For locations and registration information click here.

Adult Swim Lessons | Adults | Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Semi-private lessons allow two or more participants of similar skill level and age to learn together.

Participants receive lessons with flexible scheduling that can be customized to your goals. Semi Private lessons are a great way to learn at your own pace with a friend or family member. Group lessons teach participants to swim with the comfort of your peers in a group setting. Typical class size is 6 participants to 1 instructor. are available for adults of all levels of swim experience.

 

For locations and registration information click here.

Water Aerobics Classes | Water Fitness | United States Masters Swimming | Swim | Adult | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

This class leads participants through a rugged workout of sports drills, circuits and interval training.

Using the properties of water, these exercises are designed to improve your cardio vascular endurance, flexibility, coordination, agility, muscle strength and toning, as well as stamina.
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Water Fitness And Exercise | Zumba | Adults | Seniors | Fitness | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Low Impact, High Energy Water Workout!

Perfect for those who are looking to make a splash be adding low impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and will help you tone your muscles.
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Water Fitness Instructor | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

A class combining cardio, endurance, strength and toning in the water.

A great cardio challenge that takes place in the pool! This class combines aerobic conditioning, muscular endurance and balance training all together for a well rounded workout! This 3 in 1 workout burns calories and tones muscles.
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Deep Water Class | Swim | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Great Way to Start Your Day!

Get up and going with this energetic non-impact deep water exercise class. Special equipment is used to increase resistance, strength, and overall cardio conditioning. What a great way to start your day!
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Swim | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Wake up to this fun and energetic shallow water class.

Lively music, class camaraderie, along with challenging exercises will keep you going all day.
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Swim | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Cardio, Stretching & Toning

Pregnancy and postpartum ladies, this class is for you! Offering a full body workout, modified for your condition level, the class may help reduce pregnancy backaches and other discomfort you may be experiencing. You’ll combine cardio, stretching, and toning, while working at your own pace. Doctor’s permission is recommended for this class.

 

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Swim | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Pace Yourself!

For more information call 602-404-9622
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Adult Swim Lessons | Adults | Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Our Teen & Adult Stroke Clinics are designed to help adults enhance swimming skills through drills and workouts designed to make you more efficient in the water.

These clinics are perfect for adults involved in Masters Swimming or Triathletes. Clinics will focus on several areas: skill development, swimming strategies for open water, strength and endurance building, and workout planning. These clinics are not recommended for beginners that would like to learn how to swim.

 

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch or call 602-404-9622.

Lifeguard Training | Adults | Teens | Certification & Training | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Prevent, Recognize and Respond!

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Certification Training | Adults | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Emergency Training

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

 

For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.