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Sonoma County Family YMCA

1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 545-9622

swim lessons

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Current Group Swim Lessons Schedule

The Y Swim Lesson Program focuses on 5 key components consisting of personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescue components. Participants are taught in a non-competitive environment. Each child will progress at his or her own pace.

Because each level builds on skills taught in previous levels, it is important to place your child in the correct level. It is also important not to progress the child to the next level until he or she is physically and mentally ready and can perform the skills at his or her current level proficiently. Some levels are more difficult than others and may take several sessions to learn all the skills necessary to move to the next level.

If currently enrolled, the participant will receive a progress report from the instructor the week prior to registration, informing the participant if he/she must repeat the level or if he/she may move to the next level.

 

Swim Lesson Procedure & Guidelines

  • Lessons must be paid in full before class starts.
  • Online registration is available by visiting our website.
  • Priority registration is given to YMCA Facility Members.
  • Requests for refunds or credits must be submitted at least 72 hours before the swim class is to begin. All refunds will incur a processing fee (Minimum $10).  All class transfers/credits will incur a $5 processing fee.  Credits must be used within (1) year of the date of approval.
  • All swim participants must shower in the locker room prior to entering the pool.
  • Participants may not enter the water until the instructor announces that the lesson has begun, and must exit once the lesson is complete.
  • Wear a standard bathing suit; cut-offs and t-shirts are not allowed in the pool.
  • Bring a towel and a lock.
  • For the safety of all, obey all posted pool rules.
  • Due to the limited pool deck space, please view lessons taught in the large pool through the observation window in the lobby.
  • If child is under 3 years of age or is not toilet-trained, he/she must wear an approved swim diaper.

Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y, or enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts, polliwogs into sharks. And our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety, and building confidence all at the same time! The Y insures a low instructor-to-student ratio to make sure your kids get plenty of personal attention. And with our wide selection of classes and schedules, you’re sure to find one that fits your child’s needs and your schedule. 

Not sure which class to enroll them in?  Check the helpful chart.

Parent/Child (6-36 mo.)
Shrimp: Ages 6-18 mo. Perch: Ages 18-36 mo.  1:9 Ratio
30 minute class is focused on water exploration with instructor lead songs and games. Parents and their children learn to develop trust and safety in the water. Swim diapers are required.  

Preschool Program (3-5 yrs)
Children will learn basic swim skills without the assistance of their parents. Participants will learn basic to advanced water skills, stroke technique, personal safety, rescue skills, and personal growth.

Pike 1:5 Ratio
Your child will learn the basics of adjusting to full water immersions and how to be safe in the pool through fun and educational games. Skills taught are floating and elementary backstroke.

Eel 1:5 Ratio
Prerequisites: Must be comfortable putting face in water and able to perform a front/back float unassisted.
Your child will learn easy and effective ways to move through the water and will be introduced to basic crawl and backstroke, focusing on getting arms out of the water, flutter kicking and how to kick on both front and back.

Ray 1:6 Ratio
Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 10 yards of crawl and backstroke unassisted. Your child will learn how to enhance the strokes learned as an Eel, as well as how to dolphin kick and tread water. Strength and endurance will be increased.

Starfish 1:6 Ratio
Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 15 yards of crawl and backstroke unassisted. Your child will learn more efficient ways to swim crawl and backstroke and will be introduced to breaststroke and butterfly. When your child graduates, they will be able to competently swim all four strokes.

Youth Program (6-14 yrs)
Partcipants will learn basic to advanced water skills, stroke technique, personal safety, rescue skills, and personal growth.

Polliwog 1:5 Ratio
40 minute class. Prerequisites: Must be able to submerge, float on front/back and perform water bobs. Youth learn basic water skills. Class covers kicking, basic strokes and water safety.

Guppy 1:6 Ratio
40 minute class. Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 15 yards of crawl and backstroke. Youth will develop crawl, backstroke and elementary backstroke as well as treading water and basic rescue skills.

Minnow Ratio 1:7 Ratio
40 minute class. Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 25 yards of crawl, backstroke, and elementary backstroke. Youth will further develop stroke technique in addition to learning breaststroke and dolphin kick. Youth will continue to build endurance and confidence in the water.

Fish 1:8 Ratio
40 minute class. Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 50 yards of crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. Youth will refine stroke technique and will learn butterfly, flip turns, and will build endurance. Youth will learn more advanced rescue skills and develop leadership skills.

Flying Fish 1:8 Ratio
40 minute class. Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 100 yards of crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and 50 yards of butterfly in addition to treading water for 2 minutes. Youth will learn advanced stroke technique and all competitive turns. Emphasis on endurance and leadership skills. Once graduated from Flying Fish, youth will be ready for a competitive swim team.

Adult Program 1:8 Ratio
40 minute class. Beginner through Advanced Levels for adults. Designed for people of all levels of swim experience. Participants will learn everything from basic floating, kicking, and gliding skills, to advanced breathing and swim strokes, based on individual needs.

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

  1. You may sign up online or in person at designated times.
  2. Classes must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  3. Priority registration is given to YMCA Members.
  4. Requests for refunds or credits must be submitted at least 72 hours before the swim class is to begin. An appeal to this policy due to exceptional circumstances only will be considered by the Aquatics Director. All refunds will incur a $10 processing fee. Class transfers will incur a $5 processing fee.

 

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Private swim lessons provide one-on-one or two-on-one (semi-private) instruction for youth and adults. Days and times available are limited. For more information, please return a request form to the Member Center; forms are available in the Member Center and online.

Private Swimming Lesson Info

 


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Winter Holiday Break No Lessons December 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017
1701 January 2 January 28 December 26 December 27

December 28

1702 January 30 February 25 January 23 January 24

January 25

1703
3-week session

February 27 March 18 February 20 February 21

February 22

Safety Around Water Week (3/20/17 - 3/24/17)  No regular swim lessons

1704 March 27 April 22 March 20 March 21 March 22
           

 

 

 

 

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