Indian Valley Family YMCA

Kids & Teens Swim & Aquatics Classes Offered at Indian Valley Family 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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1A. Pike 1 (Ages 3-5)

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The class is designed for the beginner who had never taken swim lessons.  This class will acclimate swimmers to the pool as well as basic skills such as blowing bubbles, back float, learning to kick and arm scoops, and swimming short distances.  Children may wear floats.
 
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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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2.A EEl 2

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Intermediate level for children who have completed eel 1 or other swim lessons. Children work on more advanced swim strokes for front and back, safety, self-confidence, and endurance. Children begin rotary breathing for freestyle. Children swim independently with float belt (1 bubble) or without a belt
 
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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.
 
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5. Preschool Beginner Swim Lessons ( Ages 3 - 5 )

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Participants at the Pike or Eel swim levels 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.  Participants at the Eel swim level may be able to swim more independently, can get their face wet, and will work on continuing to improve glides, arm movements, kicking, and safety in and around water.  Participants will be swim tested the first day and then placed in a class that meets their needs. The instructors are all trained for these levels.
 
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6. Advanced Beginner Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 5)

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This class is for children at the Ray or Starfish swim level that 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 about 10 yards.  Participants will be swim tested the first day and then placed in a class that meets their needs. The instructors are all trained for these levels.
 
 

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.
 
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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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5. Flying Fish (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who can complete 100 yards of front crawl stroke and back crawl stroke, 50 yards of breaststroke, and 50 yards of elementary backstroke. The class will review front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke. Introduces dolphin kick and butterfly, while developing individual medley skills, starts, and turns.
 
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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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Swim Buddies ( Ages 5 - 14)

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Swim Buddies is an adaptive swim lesson program specially modified for children ages 5-13 years old that have behavioral, developmental, or physical.  Lessons include water acclimation, instruction on floating, stroke development, as well as water safety. 
 
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Youth Beginner Swim Lessons Ages 6 & up

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Participants at the Polliwog or Guppy swim levels will work on beginner-level swimming skills in shallow and deep water with emphasis on water adjustment skills, endurance, back and front float, paddle stroke, and personal water safety.  Guppy level participants will work on rhythmic breathing, front crawl, back and side strokes for longer distances, and personal water safety.  Participants will be swim tested the first day and then placed in a class that meets their needs. The instructors are all trained for these levels.
 
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Youth Intermediate Swim Lessons (Ages 6 & up)

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Participants at the Minnow, Fish, or Flying Fish swim levels will focus on increasing swimming endurance and technique.  Participants should be able to swim 15 yards or more of front and back crawl stroke.  All participants will be swim tested the first day and then placed in a class that meets their needs. The instructors are all trained for these levels.
 
 

Swim Team and Clinics - Indian Valley

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Breakers One

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This group is the Breakers beginning competition group.  Swimmers must be able to comply with the technical requirements of all four strokes plus perform starts properly and safely. The focus in this group is on improving technique while training the various energy systems to improve speed and endurance.  Athletes in this group will be exposed to the use of a pace clock as a training tool. These swimmers will compete in all YMCA swim meets as well as YMCA Championships.

Practices:  Monday Through Friday (one hour each)

 

Prerequisites: Ability to swim 100 yards (4 laps) of freestyle and 50 yards (2 laps) each of “legal” butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke. 

 
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Breakers Three

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Swimmers in this group have developed a strong foundation in all four competitive strokes. Training is geared towards progression to the senior group while improving the skills, training habits, and personal goals that they have developed.

Practices: Monday Through Friday (one-and-a-half hours each)

 

Prerequisites: Ability to perform the 200-yard individual medley plus 100 yards each of butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

 
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Breakers Two

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Swimmers in this group have developed strong fundamental skills, demonstrated a desire to reach their competitive potential, and are ready to develop a more extensive training base. Individual medley and distance events are encouraged in an effort to develop versatility.  Skills include advanced stroke technique, racing starts and turns, race strategies, and goal setting.  Solid practice habits are reinforced and more complex training sets are introduced.

Practices:  Monday Through Friday (one-and-a-quarter hours each)

 

Prerequisites: Ability to perform 200 yards (8 laps) of freestyle with flip turns, 100 yards (4 laps) each of backstroke and the individual medley, and 50 yards (2 laps) each of butterfly and breaststroke.

 
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Seniors

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This group is for swimmers who have made a serious commitment to swimming.  While technique will continue to be stressed, the training will be focused on developing core components of strength, power, and speed.  In addition, this group’s training will be enhanced by “dryland” training (out-of-pool strength training sessions). Higher levels of competitions will be introduced.

 

Practices: Monday through Friday (two hours each) preceded by 30-minute dryland sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

 
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Waves One

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This entry-level program is designed to introduce athletes between the ages of 5 and 8 years old to the sport of swimming and to provide a transition to the sport from swimming lessons.  It is expected that swimmers will be able to swim proper freestyle and backstroke.  The focus of this program will be on butterfly, breaststroke and swim practice etiquette.

Practices: Tuesday and Thursday (one hour each) 

Prerequisites: Ability to swim 25 yards (1 lap) each of proper freestyle with lateral (i.e., rotary) breathing and backstroke.

 
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Waves Two

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This program is the next step in preparing athletes for competitive swimming.  The focus is on improving stroke technique in all four strokes and teaching proper starts and turns.  Athletes in this group will have the opportunity to participate in intramural meets and home meets late in the season.

Practices:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday (one hour each)

 

Prerequisites:  Ability to swim 50 yards (2 laps) each of quality freestyle and backstroke plus 25 yards (1 lap) each of “legal” butterfly and breaststroke.  Additionally, swimmers must have a familiarity with, and an ability to comply with, swim practice etiquette.

 
 
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