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Did you know that 3 in 5 children who drown are under adult supervision? That’s a tragic statistic – but there’s a solution ... right at your Y!
The best way to keep your child safe in and around water is to make sure he or she learns to swim.
For children and adults, private or semi-private swim lessons can increase swimming skills, prepare a swimmer to join or excel on a competitive team, or help prepare an adult for the swimming portion of a triathlon. Plus, you’ll accomplish your goals more quickly through individualized attention and a schedule that works around your busy life.
Lifeguarding gives teens and adults the opportunity to gain lifesaving skills and a life-long job. View the Events page for upcoming Lifeguarding courses.
TOPS youth swim team offers children the chance to strengthen their swimming skills and gain exposure to a competitive environment that encourages and rewards their efforts. Visit the TOPS page here.
The Masters swim team gives adults of all ages the chance to compete and excel! Visit the Masters page here.
Are you interested in having one on one instruction or have a friend you would like to learn to swim with? Do you need more flexibility in when your lessons are offered? If so, private lessons may be just for you. To sign up, obtain a private/semi-private lesson request form at Member Engagement Desk. Once completed, we will match you with a qualified instructor.
$150 for a 6-pack; $200 for a program member
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The Y offers a progressive swim lesson program for youth of all ages. There are six, eight-week sessions throughout the year. Lessons are categorized by age and ability level - see the chart to the right for a full list of swim lesson levels.
*All levels with an asterisk require that your child either pass the level prior or take a swim evaluation to register for the class.
Swim evaluations take approximately 10 minutes, are free and can be scheduled by contacting the Aquatics Director.
Members may register for classes up to three weeks prior the start of a session and non-members may register up to two weeks prior. Register >
The skills taught in our Aquatic Program center around five main components:
SHRIMP, Kipper, Inia, Perch (6-36 MONTHS)
This is an introduction to the aquatic environment for parents and their infants. Getting your child adjusted to the water by bonding with them through songs and games. Learning safety skills that will last a lifetime. As your child grows there will be added emphasis by the instructor in engaging your child to prepare them from the next levels.
PERCH (19-36 MONTHS)
Children start moving more independently through the water under their parents' guidance. Parents learn more about aquatic and boating safety, and children begin to learn something about these topics as well. At this point the instructor begins to prepare the children to work directly with an instructor on their own.
Little Swimmers (Ages 2-4)
At this level, children usually begin attending classes without their parents. However for those who are not yet ready to do so we offer this adjustment level. It is designed to help children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort in holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming.
At this level, children usually begin attending classes without their parents. This level helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort in holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming.
This advanced beginner level reinforces Pike skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to flutter kick, dive, float, and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim 5 feet without assistance by the end of this level.
At this level children review previous skills, improve stroke skills, build endurance by swimming on their front and back, and learn to tread water and perform more progressive diving skills. Children can swim 15 feet on their front, side and back without assistance by the end of this level.
Children at this level review previously learned skills and refine their crawl and backstrokes and floating skills. They also learn underwater swimming skills. Children can swim 20 feet on their front, side and back at the end of this level.
This is the beginning level for school-age children. It gets children acquainted with the pool, the use of flotation devices, and front and back floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front paddle stroke, side and back paddle.
GUPPY (ADVANCED BEGINNER)
The children continue to practice and build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a flotation device. They are introduced to lead-up strokes to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.
This is the initial intermediate skill. The children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming.
At this point, students work to prefect the crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl stroke, and sidestroke, with turns. They are introduced to the butterfly stroke.
FLYING FISH (ADVANCED)
At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their endurance.
The West Cook Y also offers swim lessons for teens and adults age 13 years and older. These lessons are for beginners through intermediate. Beginners gain valuable experience by learning the basics of swimming. These lessons will focus on floating, front crawl, backstroke, jumping and being comfortable in deep water. In intermediate lessons, participants continue learning more new skills such as breast stroke and flip turns while perfecting your basic swim skills. Must be able to swim 25 yards and be comfortable in deep water.
For more information about the Y swim program, please see our program brochure.
The West Cook YMCA is a proud recipient of the 2017 Make a Splash Grant from the USA Swimming Foundation. Learn more about the Make a Splash program here.