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Swimming Lessons

Safe swimming and having fun. That’s what it’s all about at the Y.

Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The Le Mars YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages. Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y and enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts. And our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety and building confidence all at the same time! Choose from Preschool and Learn to Swim lessons designed to grow their confidence in the water no matter their skill level. Our Parent Infant/Toddler lessons introduce infants and toddlers to the water while teaching parents how to guide and supervise them, have fun, build trust and confidence.

Which level of swim lessons does your child need?

A few years ago the American Red Cross restructured their swim lesson program to provide the best experience for all ages. Children ages 3-5 can start with our Preschool lessons while kids ages 6 and older can start with our Learn to Swim lessons. Under the new program, once a child passes Preschool Level 3 they go directly to Learn to Swim Level 3, skipping Learn to Swim Levels 1 and 2. The child is not guaranteed to pass just by taking the class, at the end of the session the swim instructor will let you know if your child should advance to the next level or repeat the current level. Attendance to all 10 classes is highly encouraged.

If this is your child’s first time taking swim lessons the YMCA staff can help you determine where to start your child. If your child has already taken swim lessons at the Outdoor Pool or Indoor Pool and you can’t remember which level they passed, simply call the YMCA.

Youth Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

An instructor will guide the participant through individualized lesson plans designed to meet the needs of the participant. Call Angela at 546-6655 (YMCA) or 546-4809 (Outdoor Pool) to set up private and semi-private lessons. Let us know the times that you are most available and if you wish to request an instructor; or the Aquatic Director will match you with an instructor with similar availability. Lessons must be paid for by the first day of lessons.

Fee:
Private: $80.00 for five 30 minute sessions (1 child/instructor)
Semi-Private: $55.00 per child for five 40 minute sessions (2 children at the same level/instructor)

Parent / Toddler Swimming Lessons (6-36 months)

Introduce your tot to swimming with parent/toddler swim lessons. The Red Cross swimming lessons will support and direct parents to help their tots learn and develop in a fun and safe aquatic environment. Parent/toddler swimming lessons focus more on exploration and giving parents the tools to help develop their little swimmer.

LevelClass InformationSwimming, Diving & Safety Skills
Parent Infant/Toddler 5, 30 minute classes An instructor will assist parents with interacting safely and effectively in the water. In class you will learn techniques to support your child, help them relax in the water and much more. This class is not designed to teach the child swimming skills but rather encourage children to explore movements in the water while in a fun non-threatening environment. One parent must be in the water with the child at all times.

Preschool Swim Lessons (3-5 years old)

Empower your child with swim lessons where they will learn different techniques and strokes to keep them safe in the water. This class will help children become comfortable in the water in a fun, learning environment. Participants must be at least 3 years old to enroll in Preschool Swim Lessons.

LevelClass InformationSwimming, Diving & Safety Skills
Pre-Level 1 10, 30 minute classes
1 teacher: 5 students
Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
Front and back glides and recover to vertical position
Back float and recover to vertical position
Roll from front to back and back to front
Tread with arm and hand actions
Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
Pre-Level 2 10, 30 minute classes
1 teacher: 5 students
Enter water by stepping in
Exit water using ladder, steps or side
Bobbing
Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
Front and back floats and glides
Recover from a front or back float or glide to vertical position
Roll from front to back and back to front
Tread water using arm and leg actions
Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
Finning arm action on back
Pre-Level 3 10, 30 minute classes
1 teacher: 5 students
Enter water by jumping in
Fully submerge and hold breath
Bobbing
Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position
Back float and glide
Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
Tread water using arm and leg actions
Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
Finning arm action on back

Learn to Swim Lessons (6 years old and older)

Empower your child with swim lessons where they will learn different techniques and strokes to keep them safe in the water. This class will help children become comfortable in the water in a fun, learning environment. Participants must be at least 6 years old to enroll in Learn to Swim Lessons.

LevelClass InformationSwimming, Diving & Safety Skills
Level 1 10, 30 minute classes
1 teacher: 5 students
Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
Bobbing
Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged object
Front and back floats and glides
Recover to vertical position
Roll from front to back and back to front
Tread water using arm and leg actions
Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
Level 2 10, 30 minute classes
1 teacher: 5 students
Enter and exit the water by stepping or jumping from the side
Fully submerged and hold breath
Bobbing
Open eyes under water and retrieve a submerged object
Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
Front and back floats and glides
Recover to vertical position
Roll from front to back and back to front
Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back
Tread water using arm and leg action
Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
Finning arm action
Level 3A
Level 3B
10, 45 minute classes
1 teacher: 6 students
Enter water by jumping in from the side
Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
Bobbing while moving toward safety
Rotary breathing
Survival float
Back float
Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
Tread water
Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front
Front crawl and elementary backstroke
Level 4 10, 45 minute classes
1 teacher: 6 students
Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
Swim under water
Feet first surface dive
Survival swimming
Front crawl and backstroke open turns
Tread water using two different kicks
Front crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly
Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
Level 5 10, 45 minute classes
1 teacher: 10 students
Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin front stroke
Tuck and pike surface dives, submerged completely
Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
Sculling
Level 6 10, 45 minute classes
1 teacher: 10 students
Work on refining all strokes and performing them over a long distance
Help prepare for Water Safety Instructor, competitive swimming and diving