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At the YMCA, we believe everyone should learn to swim. Knowing how to swim offers a great way to stay in shape, learn water safety, and develop a lifetime of fun activities. A few things to keep in mind to get the most out of swim lessons: First, learning to swim is progressive. Usually, it takes more than one session before a child or an adult is comfortable in the water. Swimming skills are progressive and build on each other, so it's important to pick the right level for yourself or your child. Swim lessons are non-competitive, so don't feel pressured to push a higher level if not ready. It's normal (and even advised) to take several sessions within the same level.
 

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Eastside Family Y

Prisma Health Family Y & Y Program Center


Upcoming Session Dates:

Spring I Session
Runs: Week of February 6 - April 8 (no lessons during Spring Break week, March 20-24)
Registration: January 16 - February 5
Late Registration: February 6 - 11 (Late registration is based on capacity. $10 late fee will apply. Late registration is not available online - participants must register in-person at the Y)
Swim lesson session prices: Member $80/ Non-member $150
 

Parent/Child

For ages 6-18 months and 18-36 months

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment and then focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

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Pre-School & Youth

For ages 3-5 and 6-12

There are various levels of classes for pre-school kids and youth, and it's not uncommon to take several sessions of the same level before moving up to the next level. For pre-school age kids, swim lessons build a foundation of water safety and confidence before expanding specific swim skills like strokes.

Register For Pre-school Lessons Register for Youth Lessons
 

Teens & Adults

Ages 13+

It's never too late to learn to swim! Our instructors work with adults who have either never had the opportunity to learn how to swim or have had a lifelong fear of water. We offer two levels, Swim Basics for first timers and Swim Strokes for those maybe wanting to improve their own techniques for better exercise.

Register for adult lessons

 

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private and semi-private swim lessons are available by appointment for swimmers ages 3 and up. Sessions are 30 minutes in length. *Private lessons are currently available at our Eastside Family Y location, and on a limited basis at the Prisma Health Family Y now through the week of January 2nd. We will update this page as soon as availability changes!

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Package Private Lessons Semi-Private Lessons
1 Lesson $28 Members,
$42 Community
$20/$30 per child
4 Lessons $100/$149 $70/$105 per child
8 Lessons $185/$275 $140/$210 per child

 

 

 


ABOUT OUR SWIM CLASSES

Level 1 - Water Acclimation

 

In this class, children attend without their parents in the water to help boost confidence, and develop safe behavior around water. Classes focus on basic paddling, kicking, and pool safety, while increasing comfort levels, especially while putting mouth, face, and eyes into the water.

Level 2 - Water Movement

 

This level reinforces the skills learned in Water Acclimation. Children learn to paddle and kick on the front and back without support, build endurance, and will learn to jump into water without assistance. Swimmers at this level are comfortable in the water and can swim short distances without support. It is normal for children to spend several swim lesson sessions in this level.

Level 3 - Water Stamina

 

These classes are for intermediate swimmers who can swim 30 feet on their own with no assistance. Kids will learn to swim independently, to float and tread water without assistance, and begin to travel farther distances in the pool while working on breath control and endurance. Endurance is the key principle. 

Level 4 - Stroke Introduction

 

Swimmers at this level are advanced swimmers who are too young for a swim team but still ready for advanced skill development. This level introduces all of the four major strokes while extending the duration they can perform each skill. Swimmers in Stroke Introduction are introduced to head-first dives.

Level 5 - Stroke Development

 

This is an intermediate level that focuses on building endurance, stroke development, and water safety skills. This level focuses on refining strokes and diving skills, focuses on pool and personal safety, boating safety and introduces rescue skills. 

Level 6 - Stroke Mechanics

 

Stroke Mechanics is an advanced level that focuses on building endurance, stroke development, and preparing participants for swim league. Participants must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke and 25 yards of butterfly. This level is a great alternative to competitive swimming as well.