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Swim Lessons

Bellingham, Ferndale*, Lynden & Sudden Valley Program Centers

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

Stages of Learning

INFANT & TODDLERS

6 months - 3 years (Stages A & B)

PRESCHOOL

3 - 5 years (Stages 1-4)

SCHOOL AGE

5-12 years (Stages 1-6)

TEEN & ADULT

12+ years (Stages 1-6)


Swim Starters

Parent & Child Lessons


Level A: Water Discovery: Introduces infants & toddlers to the aquatic environment



Level B: Water Exploration: Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills



OUTCOMES:

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and conficence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention and importance of supervision.


Swim Basics

(Safety Around Water) Recommended skills for all to have around water.


Level 1: Water Acclimation: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.


Level 2: Water Movement: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.



Level 3: Water Stamina: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.



OUTCOMES:

Students learn personal water safety and achive basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills"

•  Swim, float, sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide & exit.

•  Jump, push, turn, grab.


Swim Strokes

Skills to support a healthy lifestyle.


Level 4: Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.


Level 5: Stroke Development: Instroduces breast stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and side stroke.


Level 6: Stroke Mechanics: Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.


OUTCOMES:

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.


Pathways

Specialized Tracks




OUTCOMES:

Students build confidence, cultivate their passion and stay active through specialized tracks.


For information about CPR or Life Guard classes contact Tish O'keefe at 360-733-8630 or tokeefe@whatcomymca.org.


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