BUILDING CONFIDENCE IN THE WATER

Swim Lessons (all lessons are 25 minutes in length)
 

  • Parents MUST be in the water for ALL Levels, except Levels 4-6. For the Youth Levels 4-6, parents are not required to be in the water but must remain on the Pool Deck (shoes off please). Parents must be one-on-one (One Parent and One Child) in the water
     
  • Due to our capacity limit mandates by the State of Washington, only ONE PARENT PER CHILD allowed in the pool or on the pool deck. Children not directly participating in swim lessons are not allowed on the pool deck due to capacity limits.
     
  • Locker Rooms are NOT available (due to WA state mandates). Please note the following:
    • Please wear your suit to the YMCA, plan to leave wearing your suit as changing rooms are NOT available
    • Please shower on our pool deck prior to entering the pool
    • ENTER the YMCA through the main entrance or from the parking lot/alley entrance
    • EXIT from the pool deck to the Alley/Parking Lot stairs.
       
  • SWIM LESSON FEES:
    • $52.50 / YMCA Member / 8 lessons (per child)
    • $62.50 / Program Member / 8 lessons (per child)
       
  • Level Descriptions are listed below the dates/times of classes
     
  • It is important for children to be placed in the correct swim level based on their current abilities. Students in a class that is too challenging will have to be placed in a lower level that may be full. If you are unsure of what level to register your child, please contact Michelle, Aquatics Director, 360-255-0637 or mmartinson@whatcomymca.org.
     
  • Please arrive for swim lessons NO MORE than 7 minutes before your lesson time for proper social distancing. When your lesson is over, please leave immediately so we are able to clean the pool deck prior to the next activity.

February 2021 Swim Lessons

Mon/Wed:  March 1 - 24 (8 lessons)

Saturdays:  March 1 - April 24 (7 lessons)

Registration opens Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8:00am

Preschool Lessons (6 mths - 5 years)

Infant/Toddler:  Water Discovery Level A/B

Mon/Wed Mornings:  (6 mths-5 years)

9:20-9:45am OR
10:10-10:35am 

Mon/Wed Afternoons:  (6 mths-3 years)

4-4:25pm 

Saturday Mornings:  (6 mths-3 years)

9:20-9:45am OR
10-10:25am

 

Preschool (3-5 years)

Mon/Wed Afternoons:

Level 1/2:   4:40-5:05pm

Level 3:      5:20-5:45pm

 

Saturday Mornings:

Level 1/2:   10:40-11:05am

Level 3:      11:20-11:45am

Youth Lessons (6-11 years)

Monday & Wednesday Afternoons

Level 1/2:  4:40-5:05pm

Level 3:     4:40-5:05pm

Level 4:     5:20-5:45pm

Level 5/6:  5:20-5:45pm

 

 

Saturday Mornings

Level 1/2:  10:40-11:05am

Level 3:     11:20-11:45am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Safety Around Water

Do you have non-swimmers and would like to help them learn basic life-saving skills around water? Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them. For more information.

Group Swim Lesson Overview

The Y is credited for being first to develop a group swim instruction program in 1906. We have come a long way since that first group lesson, and we’re excited to present the latest upgrades to you. 

 

  • The YMCA offers a wide range of swimming options to improve swimming skills, build confidence in the water, and teach personal safety.
  • Students will learn 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.
  • All lessons are conducted under the supervision of certified life guards and taught by nationally certified swim instructors trained in CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.
  • Our new swim curriculum is based on extensive research, and is focused on the mastery of skills in a way that provides personalized attention and lets students set the pace.

INFANT/TODDLER

Ages 6-36 months

Overview: Accompanied by an adult, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

 

PRESCHOOL

Ages 3–5

Overview: Beginners will develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Students learn personal water safety with essential skills in all classes.



 

YOUTH

Ages 6-11

Overview: Students work on refining stroke technique and learning all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students will learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Once students are able to successfully swim a length of the pool unassisted in any of the strokes, they are eligible to register for the Advanced Class.