Youth Swim

All swim lessons are taught by a certified swim instructor in either Red Cross WSI or Y Swim Lesson Instructor. They create safe, motivating environments for your children, and are sensitive to all swimmers needs and abilities.
  • Swim Starters are for ages 6 months-35 months.
  • Preschool classes are for ages 3-5 years old.
  • School age classes are for ages 6-12 yeas old.

Parent/Child Participation
  • Water Discovery - Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about water.
  • Water Exploration - In this stage, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Use our Swim Lesson Decision Tree to determine what level is best for your child. You may also view our
Swim Lesson Schedule Quick View Guide here.


  • Stage 1 Water Acclimation - Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
  • Stage 2 Water Movement - In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
  • Stage 3 Water Stamina -In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
  • Stage 4 Stroke Introduction - Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is enforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

School Age
  • Stage 1 Water Acclimation - This stage is for non-swimmers with no experience in the water. Children are introduced to submerging independently, gliding on front and back and exiting the water.
  • Stage 2 Water Movement - This is an intermediate-level stage that focuses on independent swimming and proper movement in the water. Children learn side breathing at the wall, front and back glide independently, tread water, and swim float swim for 5 yards.
  • Stage 3 Water Stamina - This is an intermediate/advanced level stage that focuses on building endurance and beginning to refine basic movements. Students swim on front and back for 15 yards, tread water for one minute, and swim float swim for 25 yards.
  • Stage 4 Stroke Introduction - This is an advanced stage where children will begin focusing on strokes an endurance. Children will learn freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and diving. They will also continue practice of treading water, side breathing, and elementary backstroke.
  • Stage 5 Stroke Development - This is a stage for swimmers who already had knowledge of the four competitive strokes and are comfortable in the deep end. Students in this class will focus on developing strokes further and gaining the endurance to swim up to 50 yards. Swimmers will also continue practice of treading water and diving.
  • Stage 6 Stroke Mechanics - In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.