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The YWCA follows the American Red Cross, preschool, school-age children and teens with developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experiences. A swim test is required for any level above beginner (Preschool Level 1 & Youth Level 1).

SWIM SCHOOL POLICIES

1. Student-Teacher ratio: Pre-School Aquatics is 6:1 and Youth Classes are 8:1.
2. Classes with fewer than 3 registered students may be cancelled. If so, you may choose another time slot. Should the YWCA cancel a class, patrons will be entitled to a credit/refund.
3. Swim test required for all levels above beginner. Swim test cost is $5.00 and is valid for a period of six (6) months.
4. Parents are kindly asked to observe lessons from the bleachers.
5. One adult per child is allowed in Wee Splash and Wee Fish classes.
6. One piece suit is recommended for females and swim trunks for males.
7. Swim caps s are required.
8. Goggles are highly recommended.
9. No cell phone/camera photography or video allowed in pool area.

PARENT/TODDLER CLASSES

Wee Splash 1 (6 months - 2 years) &  Wee Splash 2 (3 - 4 years)
Parent or caregiver in water. This instructor facilitated course uses songs, games, group and individual activities to support the introduction of basic swimming skills and water safety. Children are challenged at their developmentally appropriate level.

Wee Fish (3 - 5 years)
This is a transition class. The session begins with parents, children and instructor in the water practicing water exploration skills, preparing children for independent swim. By the end of the session, children continue their exploration independently with instructor; parents are not in the water.


PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES (3-5 year olds)

Our experienced staff make every effort to gently encourage children to participate.

Preschool Level 1
Class is designed to orient young preschoolers to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe in the water.

Preschool Level 2 
Class builds on the basic aquatic and safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Participants begin to perform at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.

Preschool Level 3
Instructors continue the development of the skills learned in Levels 1 & 2. Participants are able to perform basic swim stroke elements with greater proficiency, for longer distances and times. In addition, previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced and expanded upon.

 

YOUTH LEVELS (6-12 years old)

Level 1:  Introduction to Water Skills
Designed to orient participants to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe around water.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.

Level 3: Stroke Development 
Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels and are introduced to the scissors, dolphin kicks, survival float, rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst. On successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Participants perform strokes learned in Level 3 at increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. In addition, they learn the arm actions that accompany the scissors kick and breaststroke kick in order to begin performing the sidestroke and breaststroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. Participants also learn the back crawl and butterfly at rudimentary proficiency levels, in addition to the basics of performing a simple open turn at the wall.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Focuses on helping participants refine their performance of all six swimming strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke). Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back.

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Focuses on refining strokes and turns and building endurance.

Swim Team Prep
Swimmers work on all competitive strokes, starts and turns. Pre-requisite: Registration is contingent upon approval of course instructor, Contact the program office at x110.


TEEN AND ADULT CLASSES

Beginner: Learning the Basics
Designed to help participants gain basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes, including the front crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke.

Intermediate: Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes
Improvement of proficiency in basic aquatic skills (including rotary breathing, surface dives and treading) and the five basic swimming strokes (i.e. front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke).

Advanced: Swimming for Fitness
This class focuses on refining the participant's front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and turns and building endurance. The butterfly stroke and turns are introduced.

Senior Learn-to-Swim
Gain basic aquatics skills and learn fundamentals of swim strokes, including front crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke. Overcome your fears of swimming, continue to stay active and learn in a supportive environment. The instructors will work with swimmers to accomplish individual goals and needs.

Neptunes
This is an introduction to swim team terminology, workouts and competition. Coaches and instructors work on refining strokes, increasing endurance, starts, and turns. Must schedule a swim test prior to registration. For information, call the Aquatics Office at (914) 949-6227 x110.

 

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