Farmington Valley YMCA

Kids & Teens Swim & Aquatics Classes Offered at Farmington Valley YMCA

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

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6 months - 3 year)

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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. Ratio is 10:1.
 
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Perch (Ages 2 – 3)

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This class, designed for children ages 2 to 3, adapts swimming skills to your child’s developmental level. Participants will progress from water adjustment to basic swimming skills, both with the instructor and with a parent.  One adult must be in the water with their child for a portion of the class. Ratio is 6:1.
 
 

Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 5 years)

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1. Pike / Pike 2 (Ages 3-5)

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This class is designed for children ages 3 to 5 years.  The child will concentrate on becoming more comfortable in the water, getting their face wet, blowing bubbles, floating on their fronts and backs with assistance, and working with lesson equipment independently.
 
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2. Eel (Ages 3-5)

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This level is for children ages 3 to 5 who are now swimming more independently minimizing the use of the waist support. The child can get their face wet, kick independently, floats on front and back comfortably with or without assistance. Continues to improve on glides, arm movements, kicking, and safety in and around water.
 
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3. Ray (Ages 3-5)

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This level is for the child who can swim without a waist support and is comfortable on their front and back in deep water with and without equipment. Performs rhythmic breathing, floats on their back, and can transition from a back float to a front position to swim the width of the pool.
 
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4. Starfish (Ages 3-5)

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This level is for the child who can swim front crawl, back crawl and on their side. The swimmer should demonstrate endurance and comfort in the water. They will refine their diving and safety skills.
 
 

Swim Lessons - Semi-Private & Private

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Private Diving Lessons

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Private diving lessons are perfect for the participant who wants to learn the fundamentals of diving. No experience necessary.
 
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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.
 
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Semi-Private Swim Lessons

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This class is meant for 2 - 4 participants of similar skill level and age. Perfect for siblings or friends who want to learn together.
 
 

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

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1. Polliwog (Ages 6 & Up)

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Instructional swimming without a waist support. This class is designed for the beginner swimmer who will swim in shallow and deep water with emphasis on endurance, back and front float, flutter kick, paddle stroke, and personal water safety.
 
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2. Guppy (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who has learned front crawl with rotary breathing and can switch from their front to their back (back float) while swimming 25 yards. Emphasis will be on front crawl, back strokes, side swimming, kneeling dives, endurance, and personal water safety.
 
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3. Minnow (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who can swim 25 yards of front crawl with rotary breathing and backstroke. Minnows will work on their personal safety skills, and increasing endurance with front crawl, rotary breathing and back stroke. This level introduces sidestroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and standing dives.
 
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4. Fish (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who can swim 50 yards of the front crawl stroke, back crawl stroke, sidestroke and elementary backstroke. The Fish will work on increasing endurance, fundamentals of all strokes along with underwater swimming, and personal safety skills. Introduces the dolphin kick for the butterfly stroke.
 
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6. Shark (Ages 6 & Up)

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Swimmer must be able to complete a 200 yard individual medley. Swimmer will learn lifesaving strokes, competitive strokes and will review all swim skills; including further development of butterfly stroke.
 
 
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