NEW! LEARN TO SWIM pROGRAM – THE BCYMCa swim school places an emphasis on water safety at all levels in a fun and nurturing enviornment.
The goal of the infant class is to promote a
positive response to the water environment.
Teaching the infant to float on their back, and
to get a breath of air. This is viewed as a step on
the way to readiness to swim. WE DO NOT TEACH
INFANTS TO SWIM. No infant, indeed, no person,
is individually safe around water. The EMPHASIS
is on water adaptation and on training the child
to react in a constructive manner should they
find themselves accidentally in the water.
Toddler Swim Lessons
You and your child will enjoy exploring the
water together in our 91° instructional pool and
learning through play. Toddlers are taught water
exploration, floating, blowing bubbles, kicking,
and other skills. This class is also designed to
help parents feel more comfortable with their
children in the water. A parent or guardian must
always be in the water with their child. A YMCA
instructor will facilitate the class.
Semi-Private Swimming Lessons
Private Swim Lessons (Ages 2+): Private swimming lessons provide anyone with the opportunity toimprove his/her swimming skills and are an excellent way to receive the one-on-one attention you may need. You receive 3 hours of time per session. Lessons are planned according to individual needs and schedules; the most common arrangement is six 30 minute classes held once a week for 6 weeks.
$90 Members $150 Non-Members
NEW! Semi Private Swim Lessons (Ages 2+): Semi -Private swim lessons still give you that personal feel, but allow the option to have 2 or 3 individuals per lesson. You still receive the same amount of time as a private swim lessons (3 hours total), but have the flexibility to schedule based on your and the instructors schedule. The most common arrangement is 6-30 min. Classes held once a week for 6 weeks.
2 People $135 Members $225 Non-Members
3 People $180 Members $300 Non Members
BCYMCA SWIM SCHOOL – CHILDREN’S SWIM LESSONS
The BCYMCA Swim School is a technique oriented, progressive, 10-station program. This
program will teach your child goal setting and give them a feeling of self-confidence as they advance through the stations. Children are evaluated at their first lesson to determine their skill level. During the program, children start with introductory skills, such as proper air exchange, floating, and kicking, and work their way up to all four competitive strokes, turns, dives, and water safety skills. Once students pass the
advancement goals for a particular station, they are immediately promoted to the next station, so there is no need to wait until a new 8-week session begins.
wHAT TO EXPECT YOUR FIRST DAY:
On your child’s first day of class, we make a thorough assessment of each child’s skills so that they are placed in the appropriate “station.” Our stations are taught in small groups of no more than 5 students to one instructor. You can expect your child to spend a lot of time learning proper breathing techniques both on land and in the water during the first few days of class. Good breathing is the KEY to good swimming. A child who has not learned how to breathe properly tires more quickly in the water. We will spend a lot of time working on bobs and other breathing exercises at all of our Swim School stations.
To find which station your child or children should be placed in, please read the class descriptions to find the appropriate class to start your child in. BCYMCA Swim School reserves the right to move your child based on their ability.
CHILDREN Swim lessons:
Young children will enjoy the individualized instruction of a group lesson, building their
comfort in and around the water. Beginning skills such as proper air exchange, floating,
and kicking are introduced. Children learn and develop at different paces, so some may
be ready for introductory freestyle skills. Instructors will teach to each child’s ability
STATION PROGRESSION & DESCRIPTIONS:
1- Bubbles; 2- Floating and Gliding
3- Kicking; 4- Crawl Stroke
5- Freestyle; 6- Backstroke
7- Breaststroke and Butterfly; 8- Turns
9- Lifetime Strokes; 10- Individual Medley
swimmers learn how to blow bubbles, open their eyes, submerge their faces, and basic air exchange. 10 relaxed bobs in a row with bubbles must be completed to move to Station 2.
Swimmers learn Back andFront floats along with streamlining and continuing air exchange skills. Proper body position is the base that good swimming is built upon. Swimmers will also be taught to roll over and float on their backs. Front Glide and recover and Back Glide and recover for 5 seconds are the goals to move to Station 3.
The foundation of swimmingstarts in Station 3. Swimmers learn Porpoising, Dolphin kick, and body balance, all of these skills are needed to be a proficient swimmer. Front Kick
streamlined and Back Kick streamlined for 15 feet are the goals to move to Station 4.
The Crawl stroke is taught and swimmers swim for 20 feet. Swimmers learn the safety skill of Rollover–front to back, back to front and how to call for help while on their back. Somersaults both forward and back are learned, along with Finning, Sculling. Side Glide Kick for 20 feet is the Crawl Stroke for 20 feet (no breathing) are the goals to move to Station 5.
Swimmers will learn proper techniques for freestyle along with proper side breathing and proper finger placement. Back crawl will be introduced along with somersaults and handstands to teach breath control basics for turning and diving. Freestyle with breathing 30 feet minimum of 4 breaths is the goal to move to Station 6.
Along with the continued practice of
Freestyle swimming skills, swimmers will learn to
swim Backstroke for 30 feet and Tread water for
1 minute. Jumping, Sitting Dives, Kneeling Dives,
and Standing Dives are taught. Freestyle of 75 ft,
Backstroke of 30ft, and tread water for 1 min are the
goals to move to station 7