The Valley of the Sun YMCA believes that swimming is a life skill. The YMCA offers a wide range of swimming options to improve skills, build confidence, and teach water safety. All lessons are conducted under the supervision of YMCA certified lifeguards and taught by nationally certified swim instructors trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Our new swim lesson curriculum was built around extensive research and is focused on the mastery of skills in a way that provides personalized attention and lets students set their own pace.


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At a high level, the curriculum is organized into three general categories:

  • Swim Starters
  • Swim Basics
  • Swim Strokes

Once students have progressed through the stages in all three categories, they have the opportunity to follow three different pathways:

  • Competition: For students who want to swim competitively either at the Y or for a different organization
  • Leadership: For students who want to become a lifeguard or otherwise use swimming skills in their professional career
  • Recreation: For students who want to make swimming a part of a healthy lifestyle and a way of getting the recommended amount of physical activity per day

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