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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SWIM LESSON  

We understand that choosing the right aquatic program and instructor 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. Swimmers of all ages 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.

Learn more about all our aquatics programming 

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Monthly Enrollment for preschool and youth group lessons

We understand that families juggle multiple schedules and through our monthly enrollment, your child's swim lesson at your chosen day and time will be guaranteed all year.
 
Register Now, Pay Later and How it works
  • Select the day and time that best fits your schedule
  • Choose your months for the year at time of registration
  • Automatic payments on the 15th of the month for the next month's session


 

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:

At this stage, 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:

At this stage, 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:

At this stage, 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:

At this stage, 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 stage 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:

At this stage, 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:

At this stage, 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:

At this stage, 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:

At this stage, 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:

At this stage, 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 

TEEN/ADULT/SENIOR SWIM LESSONS

SWIM BASICS

Learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by increasing your comfort in the water and developing forward water movement.

STROKE MECHANICS

For those who know basic swimming fundamentals and are ready to learn additional water safety skills and build stroke techniques. 


private and semi-private swim lessons

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

These one-on-one lessons are 30 minutes in length for youth (3 years old) to adults and designed to focus on what you want to learn: to dive, to swim, or to complete a triathlon!

SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

This is a swim lesson for two individuals of similar skill levels taught at the same time. Participants are responsible for providing the individuals who will join them in a semi-private lesson. 


RECREATIONAL AQUATIC  PATHWAY PROGRAMS

All of the intentional steps taken to curate our aquatics programming are done with you in mind. With the combination of programs, we have had in the past, we are excited to announce the programs we are rolling out in 2022. We have the intention of engaging our aquatics community with opportunities tailored to our members interests and needs. These opportunities include leadership roles, recreational sports and games, aquatic conditioning, and diving skills. These new programs are the next step after swim lessons in the Aquatic Pathway to give young swimmers a lifetime of a healthy, respectful, safe, loving and most importantly fun relationships with water.
 
AQUATIC CONDITIONING

Focuses on continuing to build endurance and stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. This would be great for a swimming considering trying out for Swim Team, to support the transition from swim lesson style of swimming to how a competitive swim team practice will be. This program is also great for competitive swimmers that may want to focus on specific stroke development. In 2022 will be for ages 11 through 16, depending on swim ability.

ENDURANCE, SPORTS, AND GAMES

This program will continue to build endurance on all major competitive strokes and encourages aquatic sports and games as part of a healthy lifestyle. If your child is looking for a fun exciting option after competing swim lessons, this would be a great option! There will be two program offerings in 2022, for ages 5 to 10 and 11 to 16, depending on swim ability.

INTRODUCTION TO DIVING

Focuses on teaching the foundational skills for beginning diving participant with both dry-land conditioning and pool time. Recommended age ranges 5-12 years and 12 to 18 years. 

AQUATIC YOUTH LEADERSHIP FOR SWIM INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

Encourages leadership development in the area of aquatic instruction with the goal to prepare and motivate participants to become swim lesson instructors through a separate certification course. School-aged youth and teens ages 11 to 16.

AQUATIC YOUTH LEADERSHIP FOR LIFEGUARD DEVELOPMENT

Encourages leadership development in the area of aquatic safety with a goal to prepare and motivate participants to become lifeguards through a separate certification course. School-aged youth and teens ages 11 to 16.

INTRO TO KAYAKING

This fun, six-week class for ages 13+ provides the skills and knowledge to enable you to safely paddle on moving water. It covers basic strokes, braces, rolls and other boat-handling skills along with river reading and rescue techniques. Upon successful completion of this course, participants are qualified to join the Chicago Whitewater Association on its beginner river trips in the Spring. All equipment for this class is provided, though you can bring your own boat as long as is is less than 10 feet long. Club membership costs $15 per year and is required. Club registration must be done before the first day of class at https://cwa.wildapricot.org/join-us  Please note: We provide short whitewater boats for this course. Longer boats do not fit in the pool. 

 

KAYAKING OPEN POOL

Are you working on your roll? Or do you just need some time in a warm pool with a paddle in your hands? Join us for three Sunday evenings, when you can work independently or get some tips and feedback from Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin of Have Kayaks, Will Travel. Some equipment is available (boats, paddles and skirts), though sizes are limited. You can bring your own, but only smaller boats (under 10 feet) can fit through the door. Prior paddling experience is strongly recommended. Please note: We provide short whitewater boats for this course. Longer boats do not fit in the pool.

 

 

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