Rockland County YMCA

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 Department:

Jessica Keavney, Aquatics Director JKeavney@rocklandymca.org

introducing new progressive Swim Lessons classes

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Rockland County YMCA  teaches more than a 1000  children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.

We have recently revamped out swim lesson curriculum  into three general categories 

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers 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.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). 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.

The lessons are truly progressive swim lessons and build on each prior lesson.

Therefore, we highly recommend participants attend all lessons and we do not offer any make-ups classes or allow participants to join the class after the 1st completed week.

 

SWIM STARTERS (6 MONTHS TO 4 YEARS)

Level A / WATER DISCOVERY: INTRODUCES INFANTS AND TODDLERS TO THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT - Ages 6  to 24 months - accompanied by one parent/caregiver   In this class infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. All children under age 3 must wear a swim diaper.

Level B / WATER EXPLORATION: FOCUSES ON EXPLORING BODY POSITIONS, BLOWING BUBBLES, AND FUNDAMENTAL SAFETY AND AQUATIC SKILLS. Ages 2-4 Accompanied by one parent/caregiver, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

 

SWIM BASICS (AGES 3 TO 5) OR (Ages 5-12)

1 / WATER ACCLIMATION INCREASES COMFORT WITH UNDERWATER EXPLORATION AND INTRODUCES BASIC SELF RESCUE SKILLS PERFORMED WITH ASSISTANCE - Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab. In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

2 / WATER MOVEMENT ENCOURAGES FORWARD MOVEMENT IN WATER AND BASIC SELF-RESCUE SKILLS PERFORMED INDEPENDENTLY - Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab. In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

3 / WATER STAMINA: DEVELOPS INTERMEDIATE SELF RESCUE SKILLS PERFORMED AT LONGER DISTANCES THAN IN PREVIOUS STAGES - Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab. In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

 

SWIM STROKES (AGES 5-12)

4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION: INTRODUCES BASIC STROKE TECHNIQUE IN FRONT CRAWL AND BACK CRAWL AND REINFORCES WATER SAFETY THROUGH TREADING WATER AND ELEMENTARY BACKSTROKE - 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. In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT: INTRODUCES BREAST-STROKE AND BUTTERFLY AND REINFORCES WATER SAFETY THROUGH TREADING WATER AND SIDESTROKE - 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. In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits

6 / STROKE MECHANICS: REFINES STROKE TECHNIQUE ON ALL MAJOR COMPETITIVE STROKES AND ENCOURAGES SWIMMING AS PART OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE - 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. In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

 

2017 SWIM LESSONS - click here for Summer 2017 flyer

Spring 1 - Feb 27th-April 15th- registration CLOSED

Spring 2 - April 24 st -June 11th - Registration starts April 10th

Summer  Session 1 - June 19-23 - SPECIAL ONE WEEK- Monday to Friday classes - registration June 5-16 

Summer Session #2 - June 26- 30- SPECIAL ONE WEEK - Monday to Friday classes - registration June 17-23

Summer Session #3 - July 3- August 20th 7-week session (No class on 7/4/17) -registration June 24-30

Fall #1 - September 11- November 5 -  8-week session - registration opens August 28th

Winter #1 - TBA

 

 

 

SWIM CLASS REGISTRATION FAQ

 **Online registration: Click here

How do I know what level my child is in group lessons?
Please click here for a YMCA Lesson Selector - If you need further assistance -please call the Aquatics Department to schedule a swim level evaluation. 

When can I sign up for group swim lessons? 

 Registration for classes is generally open 2-3 weeks before sessions start and close after the first week of classes. There is no rollover registration. All classes have limited availability and fill up quickly.

Make-Up Policy - The lessons are truly progressive swim lessons and build on each prior lesson. Therefore, we highly recommend participants attend all lessons and we cannot offer any make-ups classes or allow participants to join the class after the 1st completed week.

Cancellation/Sick Policy: Children who have been ill should be kept at home. This is in the best interest of their health as well as the health of other class participants and the instructor. Unfortunately, non-attendance for any reason does not entitle you to a refund or a make-up class