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We are excited to launch our upgraded swim lessons program. Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity, but an important life skill for all children. Learning basic water safety skills is a great introduction to the world of swimming that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs, and can even lead to a career.
In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.
We hope you will understand how best to select the appropriate level for you or your child(ren) and learn about our upgraded program in the information provided.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a FREE swim assessment, please contact Kim Polk, Aquatics Director, at 708-434-0220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to download our Swim Lesson Upgrade Introduction booklet for more information.
Parent & Child Lessons (Age 6 months-3 years)
Outcomes for Swim Starters is infants and toddlers, accompanied by a parent/adult, 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.
Stage A – Water Discovery: Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment
Stage B – Water Exploration: Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills
Preschool Children Ages 3-5
Recommended skills for all to have around water.
Outcomes in the Swim Stroke Stages include 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
• Jump, push, turn, grab
Skills to support a healthy lifestyle
School-Aged Children 6-12 years.
Outcomes include swimmers having mastered the fundamentals, 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.
1-2/Youth Water Acclimation & Water Movement: Increases comfort with under water exploration as well as encourages forward movement in the water. Basic self-rescue skills are also performed independently.
3/Youth Water Stamina: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distance than in previous stages
4/Youth Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety thorough treading water and elementary backstroke.
Is your child ready for competitive swimming? Learn about our Competitive Swim Team.
If your child is 16 years or older, we offer Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and First Aid/CPR/AED Certifications.
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.
Spots are limited, so sign up today!
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.