West Cook YMCA


CHOOSING THE RIGHT SWIM LESSON FOR YOUR CHILD 

We understand that choosing the right aquatic program and instructor for your child is an important yet complex decision. Swim lessons at the Y focus on learning vital water safety skills and stroke development through a progressive swim lesson curriculum. Your child will gain the confidence to be safe in and around water while building skills that will last them a lifetime.

WHY CHOOSE THE WEST COOK YMCA FOR SWIM LESSONS

  • Small classes to ensure quality instruction for each swimmer
  • New and convenient class times that accommodate your family’s schedule
  • Trained, caring, and experienced instructors that teach in the water alongside your child
  • Year-round 25-yard indoor facility with water pool depths ranging from 3 to 11 feet deep, real-life conditions essential to building endurance and deep water skills such as treading and diving to build confidence in all water situations such as community pools and lakes
  • Soothing and constant 86˚ water temperature
  • Certified lifeguard on deck
  • Pool viewing deck to watch your child’s progression

The Y has been America's swim instructor for more than 100 years. Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim by third grade, chances are he or she never will. Participation in formal swimming lessons can greatly reduce the risk of drowning. Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids. 


what is new?

We listened to your feedback, and starting in Summer 2019, the West Cook YMCA will be offering swimming block classes so it is easier for parents to register. These new offerings provide the flexibility you are looking for, at convenient times to fit your family's schedule. Whether a child is learning to love being in the water or is an avid swimmer looking to learn a new stroke, we have a class for them!

How do Swimming Block Classes Work? It is simple!
  1. Choose a "block" class in your child's age group, regardless of his or her swimming level.
  2. The swimming level of your child will be assessed by our experienced instructors on the first day of class.
  3. Your child will enjoy new swimming skills in a nurturing environment!
Questions? Contact Kyle Albright at 708-434-0218 or kalbright@westcookymca.org
REGISTER TODAY!

About our swim lesson program

We offer swim lessons for every age and stage. Y Swim Lesson curriculum is based on a continuum that focuses on a skill-based progression that builds confidence and supports swimming skills. There are three phases within the continuum, beginning with Swim Starters, then Swim Basics and Swim Strokes.  Each phase is broken into specific stages that are designed specifically for that age group on a cognitive and social ability.

Program enhancements include: ease at time of registration, improved curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety, tools and resources to support families at home.

parent-child block: Children Age 6 months-3 years

Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Through this program, parents and caregivers will learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and plan for emergencies. This program also promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness for children six months to three years of age.

Stage A – Water Discovery:

Parents accompany children in this class which introduces babies and parents to the aquatic environment through exploration that encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

Stage B – Water Exploration:

In this class, parents are guided to work with their child to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

preschool block: Children Ages 3-5 years

Designed for preschool and elementary school children, a foundation of water safety and drowning prevention is made by teaching water adjustment and skill readiness.

Swim Basics Stage 1 – Water Acclimation:

The water acclimation class introduces swimmers to the pool and helps them develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. In water acclimation children develop comfort with underwater exploration, and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage builds the foundation for the child’s future progress in swimming.

Swim Basics Stage 2 – Water Movement:

In this class, children are taught skills that focus on body position & control, forward movement and directional change. The stage also reinforces how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Swim Basics Stage 3 – Water Stamina:

In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances, and are introduced to rotary breathing and integrated arm and leg action. In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety and exit.

Swim Strokes Stage 4 – Stroke Introduction:

In this class, swimmers focus developing basic swimming strokes and personal water safety. The goals of the program include:

  • To develop the frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes
  • To introduce components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes
  • To practice safety techniques in deep water

Youth block: School-Aged Children 5-12 years.

After fundamentals are mastered, Children between the ages of 5 and 12 begin to learn personal water safety, character development and build stroke technique in the competitive strokes.

Swim Basics Stage 1 – Water Acclimation:

The water acclimation class introduces swimmers to the pool and helps them develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. In water acclimation children develop comfort with underwater exploration, and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage builds the foundation for the child’s future progress in swimming.

Swim Basics Stage 2 – Water Movement:

In this class, children are taught skills that focus on body position & control, forward movement and directional change. The stage also reinforces how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Swim Basics Stage 3 – Water Stamina:

In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances, and are introduced to rotary breathing and integrated arm and leg action. In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety and exit.

Swim Strokes Stage 4 – Stroke Introduction:

In this class, swimmers focus developing basic swimming strokes and personal water safety. The goals of the program include:

  • To develop the frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes
  • To introduce components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes
  • To practice safety techniques in deep water

Swim Strokes Stage 5 – Stroke Development:

In this class, students continue to work on their stroke technique and all major competitive strokes are introduced. The goals of the program include:

  • To develop stamina in the frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes
  • To develop the breaststroke and butterfly strokes
  • To build endurance techniques for deep water safety

Swim Strokes Stage 6 – Stroke Mechanics:

In this class, students refine their stroke technique on all of the major competitive strokes and learn about competitive swimming. The goals of the program include:

  • To develop endurance in the competitive strokes
  • To develop skills related to competitive swimming like racing starts and flip turns
  • To enhance skills and build endurance in deep water

 

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