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Swim Lessons

By creating strong, confident swimmers the YMCA Swim Lessons helps to empower kids and adults to be safe around water.

Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden & Sudden Valley Program Centers

Ferndale swim lessons are held at the Super 8 Motel in Ferndale. Super 8 is located at I-5 and Axton Road.

PRESCHOOL

Parent/Child

Ages 6-36 months with a parent in the water. A class to introduce basic swimming skills and water safety. 

Pike

Ages 3-5 years, beginner level. Teaches water adjustment & basic skills including kicking, floating & use of lifejackets.

Eel

Ages 3-5 years, intermediate level. Skills include prone floating with flutter kick, use of arms & legs, back floating, bobs, water safety & awareness.

Ray/Starfish

Ages 3-5 years, advanced level. Skills include deep water swimming, back flutter kick, front and back crawl stroke and kneeling/standing dives from the edge of the pool.

YOUTH

Polliwog

Ages 6-11 years, beginning level. Includes water adjustment, flutter kicking, front/back floating, basic freestyle & water safety with lifejackets.

Guppy

Ages 6-11 years, intermediate level. Focuses on rhythmic breathing and backsroke, rotary breathing & intro to deep water skills to prep for Minnow.

Minnow/Fish

Ages 6-11 years, advanced levels. Skills include freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, water safety, endurance and distance swimming.

Flying Fish/Shark

Ages 6-11 years, advanced levels. Skills include junior lifesaving, advanced strokes, water sports and games.

Teen/Adult

Ages 12 years & older. 

Homeschool

Ages 3-11 Yyears