Downtown YMCA

Kids & Teens Swim & Aquatics Classes Offered at Downtown YMCA

Learn to Swim Free Clinics Ages 5-9

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YMCA LEARN TO SWIM (AGES 5-9)

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YMCA Learn To Swim program offers free introductory swim lessons to Hartford children ages 5-9. Swim lessons are located at the Downtown YMCA in Hartford or the Learning Corridor in Hartford. Proof of Hartford residency is required.
 
 

Parent/Child Aquatic Lessons (6 months - 3 years)

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Parent and Child/ Water Discovery

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Parent Child/Water Discovery: Children, 6 months to 3 years, will enjoy the many water-readiness activities provided by our YMCA aquatics instructors. This is one of the most important skills every child should master - feeling safe in the water. Children progress from water adjustment to basic skills while working with parents. One adult must be in the water with their child at all times. 

 
 

Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 5 years)

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Stroke Introduction (Level 4)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major competitive strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15yds while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15yds, (4) able to jump in and tread water for 30 seconds, (5) able to swim to wall and exit.

 
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Water Acclimation (Level 1)

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Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications- None

 
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Water Movement (Level 2)

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In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of fall into a body of water

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool,  submerge and return to the wall with assistance.

 
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Water Stamina (Level 3)

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In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances.  In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to float on front and back unassisted, (2) able to push off wall on stomach with face submerged for 10ft unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15ft unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

 
 

Swim Lessons - Semi-Private & Private

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Private Swim Lessons

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Private lessons allow for accelerated learning due to the one-on-one student-to-teacher ratio.
 
 

Swim Lessons – Kids to Teens (Ages 6 years and up)

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Learn to Swim

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YMCA Learn To Swim program offers free introductory swim lessons to Hartford children ages 5-9. Swim lessons are located at the Downtown YMCA in Hartford or the Learning Corridor in Hartford. Proof of Hartford residency is required.
 
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Stroke Development (Level 5)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major swim strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to front crawl and back crawl 25yds, (2) able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15yds, (3) able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute.

 
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Stroke Introduction (Level 4)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major competitive strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15yds while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15yds, (4) able to jump in and tread water for 30 seconds, (5) able to swim to wall and exit.

 
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Water Acclimation (Level 1)

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Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications- None

 
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Water Movement (Level 2)

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In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of fall into a body of water.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool,  submerge and return to the wall with assistance.

 
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Water Stamina (Level 3)

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In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances.  In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to float on front and back unassisted, (2) able to push off wall on stomach with face submerged for 10ft unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15ft unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

 
 
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