Infant & Preschool Swimming Lessons

Basic swimming skills, games, and the importance of water safety is emphasized

swim-lessons-brunswick-momandboyThe Y offers both parent/child swim lessons for children ages 6-36 months and preschool lessons for children ages 3-6. The parent/child classes will orient the infant and parent to the aquatic environment, while helping them develop awareness of their own bodies, acquire a feeling of independence, gain a sense of success and increase self-esteem while enjoying the pool. Preschool classes focus on water adjustment and beginning level swimming skills such as reach and pull, and back float. Basic swimming skills, games, and the importance of water safety is emphasized. For a complete description of swim lessons, including class times and fees, please view our current program guide.


Shrimp

Ages 6–17 months. Parent participation is required for this class. Child must have full head control. The parent and infant will learn basic aquatic awareness and skills through creative, fun activities. Parents will sing songs and learn basic teaching techniques for their infant.

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Perch

Ages 18–36 months. Parent participation is required for this class. Children will do independent exploration of the aquatic environment with parents. By the end of the course, parents and infants will be more comfortable in the water.

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Pike and Parent

Ages 3–6. This special class is for children who are fearful of the water. A parent/guardian in the pool provides reinforcement and encouragement. Upon completion, students will be able to move to Pike I.

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Pike I

Ages 3–6. Prerequisite: Students must enter and exit the water without fear. Parents are not involved in this class, which includes basic water movement skills such as paddling on the front, side and back. Students blow bubbles, put their faces in the water, and jump into the water. Students who complete the Pike I class have confidence in the water and understand pool safety. Students are required to stay at this level until all skills are mastered.

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Pike II

Ages 3–6. Prerequisite: Swimmers must swim five feet without a floatation device. The skills taught in Pike I are reinforced, and students will become more comfortable in the water.

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Eel

Ages 3–6. Prerequisite: Completion of Pike II class. This advanced beginner class reinforces Pike skills. Emphasis is placed on the front, back and side paddle stroke. Students gain more self-confidence in deep water and learn how to respond to emergencies.

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Ray

Ages 3–6. Prerequisite: Swimmers must swim 25 yards without a flotation device and breathe correctly to the side while swimming the front stroke. Students will review skills from Ray I. Proper rotary rhythmic breathing is emphasized for the front paddle. More stress is placed on correct stroke technique for the backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Diving is also introduced.

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Starfish

Ages 3–6. Prerequisite: Swimmers must swim 25 yards without a floatation device and breathe correctly during the front stroke and the breaststroke. Students are introduced to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. Students learn how to do a standing and surface dive. Additional synchronized swimming skills, such as sculling and wet-ball, are taught in this class.

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