Meet new challenges and build self-confidence as you develop swim skills.

Teen swim lessons are ideal for those beyond the age for progressive swim classes yet too young for adult classes. Highly trained aquatics instructors work one-on-one with each participant 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.

The Valley of the Sun YMCA swim teams offer the opportunity for teens to swim year-round and to improve their understanding of, and develop their skills for, the four competitive swim strokes. Through the swim teams, the Y hopes to instill in teens a lifelong interest in aquatics.

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.

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.

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

Make Waves and Turn Heads!

These year-round swim teams offer an excellent opportunity for adults to improve their understanding of the four competitive strokes while developing their competitive skills. Practice times vary and monthly swim meets compete among other Valley of the Sun branch teams.

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

Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA Aquadawg Swim Team | Teens Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Train with the Ahwatukee YMCA Aquadawgs

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA Aquadawg Swim Team is available for those individuals ages 6—17 who want to learn about competitive or recreational swimming in an encouraging and supportive environment. Fun, fitness, stroke techniques and racing “skills” will be emphasized. Team members will participate in several monthly meets against other local recreational swim teams.

Season is from May 31st-July 23rd

Swim Team Information
Chris-Town Flying Sharks Swim Team | Teens Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Take your swimming skills to the next level on the Chris-town Flying Sharks Swim Team

Join Coach Brian Metheny and the Flying Sharks for another amazing season. This is the perfect way to take your child’s swimming to the next level. Regular practices and competitive swim meets will teach stroke techniques and advanced swim skills. Children up to age 18 can participate. Whether you’ve been a part of the Flying Sharks before or you’re completely new to competitive swimming, this is where you want to be this season.

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

Copper Basin Swim Team | Teens Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Learn life lessons of sport and sportsmanship with the Copper Basin Swim Team

Did you know swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship while motivating participants to strive for self improvement? Swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem and teaches goal orientation.

Swim Team is for ages 5 – 18 years old

Minimum Requirements:

25 yard Freestyle and 25 yard Backstroke.

Swimmer must be able to swim the full 25 yards without hanging on the wall or touching the pool bottom.

For further questions or to set up a time to test swimmers ability contact Erin Guerena at eguerena@vosymca.org or 602-212-5107

Swim Team Information

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

Tempe Family Gators Swim Team | Teens Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Achieve excellence and peak athletic performance with the Tempe Family Gators Swim Team

Looking for a place for your child to learn and improve their swim skills while being a part of a team? Join the Tempe YMCA Gator Swim Team. We offer different workout groups to not just match, but also develop your child’s swim skills and techniques.
The Tempe YMCA Swim Team seeks to encourage and motivate each swimmer to develop his or her individual skills to enhance his or her self-esteem.

Prices and More Information

For registration 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

Train with an Olympian on the YMCA Westside Silver Fins United State Dive Team at Southwest Valley YMCA

Under the direction of 1976 Olympian Barbara Nejman, this team is designed for the serious competitive diver, age 8-18, who learned the basics through participation in our summer “Learn to Dive” programs and wants to continue year-round.

Competitive diving consists of four events – 1-meter springboard diving, 3-meter springboard diving, platform diving, and synchronized diving. The number and types of dives performed in competition depends on the level, age, and gender of the diver.

Silver Fins Diving Team is a member of USA Diving which governs the sport from junior athletes all the way to the Olympics. The association determines the rules and regulations of the sport and provides education for coaches, judges and parents.

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

YMCA Westside Silverfins Swim Team | Teens Swim | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

YMCA Westside Silver Fins United States Swim Team a perennial powerhouse in the state of Arizona!

YMCA Westside Silver Fins Swim Team is a United States Swimming year-round training out of the Southwest Valley Family YMCA. Many YMCA’s offer a more competitive experience for children who are interested in taking their competitive swimming to the next level. The qualified, professional coaches are committed to building both physically and mentally strong athletes who want to continue in competitive swimming for many years. Competitions are both in-state and out-of-state. The primary goal for the young YMCA United States Silver Fins Swim Team athlete is to open doors and create opportunity at the collegiate level through academics and athletics. Please contact 623-935-5193 to register or request additional information.

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

Swim

Make Waves and Turn Heads!

These year-round swim teams offer an excellent opportunity for children to improve their understanding of the four competitive strokes while developing their competitive skills and being instilled with a lifelong interest in aquatics. Practice times vary and monthly swim meets compete among other Valley of the Sun branch teams.
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Private Swim Lessons | Youth | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Personalized Swim Instruction Just for You!

As a participants in our one-on-one private swim lessons, your child will receive personalized goals and challenges. Private lessons allow for accelerated learning due to individualized attention the student receives. Participants will receive four thirty minute lessons customized by skill level and goals.
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

Individualized Attention and Training in Proper Form

Private diving lessons are perfect for the participant who wants to learn the fundamentals of diving. No experience necessary.  Learn quickly with individualized attention. Participant will receive four customized thirty minute lessons.

 

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

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

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

Your child’s customized plan allows them to progress at their own pace and gain the skills they 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.

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

Get a Feel For the Water!

While your child is in Day Camp, they can also be enrolled in swimming lessons!
For locations and registration information click here.

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.

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

Summer recreational swim and dive team at the YMCA.

This team is for youth who can swim and are interested in learning about competitive swimming in an encouraging and supportive environment.
For registration or more information, please contact your local branch.

Adult Swim Team | United States Masters Swimming | Swim | Adult | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

For Improved Stroke Technique!

This class is for teens that are comfortable in the water and want to work on stroke development and endurance. Great for those with limited swimming skills and want to improve technique.
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.

Certification And Training | Youth | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Prevent, Recognize, 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.

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

Have you ever considered becoming a lifeguard?

If so, there’s never been a better time to take one of the many life guarding certification classes offered at the YMCA. That’s because becoming a lifeguard can not only open the door to new job opportunities, but it provides essential safety education that’s focused on preventing accidents in and around the water—and that’s good for everyone. YMCA and American Red Cross courses are designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard.

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

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.

CPR/AED | Adults | Teens | Certification & Training | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation also known as CPR is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergences, including heart attack or near drowning, which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

This class is designed to teach the proper techniques used in CPR to adults, teens, and youth. Participates will receive training in CPR, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and the relief of a chocking adult, child, and infant.

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

First Aid Certification | Teens | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation also known as CPR is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergences, including heart attack or near drowning, which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

This class is designed to teach the proper techniques used in CPR to adults, teens, and youth. Participates will receive training in CPR, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and the relief of a chocking adult, child, and infant.

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