State College Branch Swim Lessons

The YMCA Swim Lesson programs promote children’s health and safety. The program supports parents and encourages their participation in teaching kids valuable life skills. YMCA Swim Lessons teach positive values and give kids the opportunity to practice while promoting their growth in self-esteem and self-worth while they are having a great time.

Choosing the Correct Swim Lesson

Read the class descriptions! Start with your child’s age group. Read & find the skills your child can do. If your child has the skills listed, then register for that level. Remember, placing a child in the incorrect level will be a disservice to both the child and the other class members. Request a YMCA Swim Level Lesson Placement and Evaluation. A swimming instructor will be available to evaluate your child’s skills for placement into the appropriate swim lesson level.

Registration Dates

YMCA Swim lessons will run two sessions within each series to allow equal opportunity for registration and for appropriate level registration after the child’s completion of a previous series’ class level. Note: Classes that meet two times per week run on the schedule below. Saturday classes follow the regular series dates for the majority of the programs listed in this Guide. Due to the popularity and progressive nature of YMCA swim lessons; the registration dates will be as follows:

Fall/Holiday 2017 Registration

Session/Dates

Member

Non-Member

Fall: September 5 – October 28 (F/S – 8wks) M, 8/14/17 M, 8/21/17
Fall A: September 5 – September 30 (M/W, T/R – 4 wks) M, 8/14/17 M, 8/21/17
Fall B: October 1 – October 28 (M/W,T/R- 4wks) M, 9/25/17 W, 9/27/17
Holiday: October 30 – December 16 (F/S – 6 wks) M, 10/16/17 M, 10/23/17
Holiday A: October 30 – November 18 (M/W, T/R – 3wks) M, 10/16/17 M, 10/23/17
Holiday B: November 27 – December 16 (M/W,T/R- 3wks) M, 11/13/17 M, 11/20/17
 Register online for swim lessons HERE

There will be no classes on September 4 for Labor Day. Class prices will be prorated. There are no classes the week of Thanksgiving – November 20-25.

Classes in the Fall and Holiday sessions are Fridays or Saturdays one per week.

Classes in the Fall A, Fall B, Holiday A and Holiday B sessions are either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Information regarding Expectations, Responsibilities and Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE.

The YMCA of the USA has designed new swim lesson levels based on feedback and program needs. At the YMCA of Centre County, we are excited to be rolling out these changes in full this fall of 2017. During the summer, we will be implementing some of the new material into classes to prepare students, parents and instructors for the changes in skill assessment and level designations and curriculum for the fall.

New levels, along with a description of skill requirements and development are below. The lessons will be broken into three main categories:

 

Swim Starters
Recommended age range: 6 months to 3 years

Develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children.

In the two stages that make up this parent-child category, children learn to be comfortable in the water. Rather than teaching children how to survive in the water or become accomplished swimmers, Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters. Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Parents learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies.

Stage A: 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 the water. The goals of this stage include the following:

- Encouraging parents to set developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers enrolled in swim lessons

- Introducing and emphasizing basic water safety to parents and providing a positive family aquatic experience

- Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

Stage B: Water Exploration

In this stage, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. The goals of this stage include the following:

- Encouraging children to move purposefully in the water in response to visual and verbal cues and using toys and flotation devices

- Emphasizing basic aquatic safety to parents

- Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

 

Swim Basics
Recommended age range: Preschool (3-5 years) to teen/adult

Develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages.

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 in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Students in this stage focus on the following:

- Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help

- Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help

- Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

 

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. Students in this stage focus on the following:

- Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help

- Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help

- Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

 

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. Students in this stage focus on the following:

- Integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides

- Developing forward movement on the front and back

- Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water

Swim Strokes
Recommended age range: School age (5-12 yrs) to teen/adult

Introduces and refines stroke technique in older students.

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 reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

- Developing the front crawl and back crawl

- Introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly

- Practicing safety techniques in deep water

 

Stage 5: Stroke Development

Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

- Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl

- Developing the breaststroke and butterfly

- Building endurance techniques for deep-water safety

 

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. Students in this stage focus on the following:

- Developing endurance in the competitive strokes

- Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns

- Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water

 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR SWIM LESSONS HERE

Beyond level 6, swimmers are encouraged to pursue aquatics in three different ways:

Competition

We offer swim teams for children ages 5 to 18 years at both our Bellefonte (including a summer team at Kepler Pool) and State College branches.

Leadership

We offer certification and employment opportunities for lifeguards and swim instructors ages 16 and up.
– Find a lifeguarding certification class here – Bellefonte  –  State College
– Swim instructors need CPR/AED/First Aid certification – find a class here – Bellefonte  –  State College
– Already certified? Fill out an application HERE and return to your nearby YMCA of Centre County branch.

Recreation

We offer lap swimming times at our State College and Bellefonte branches so you can turn swimming into a lifelong fitness activity! Pool schedules are HERE FOR STATE COLLEGE and HERE FOR BELLEFONTE.


Adaptive


Swim lessons are available to children with special needs in our therapy pool. Instructor to student ratio is low. A water wheelchair and ramp into the pool are available. Since adapted lessons meet on Friday or Saturday, the session schedule will follow the Saturday scheduled dates. The Friday evening classes are one-to-one instructor/client and the Saturday class is one-to-three instructor/client. We recommend the Saturday classes for those who are capable of working in a small group.

Private Lessons


Our private swimming lessons are a very popular alternative to our group lessons. Private lessons are 30 minute, 1 to 1 lessons with an experienced swim instructor. Lessons are designed specifically for your swimmer’s needs and can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Adults are welcome! Please fill out the private-swim-lesson-request-form and submit either to the front desk of the YMCA or online to [email protected] so that we may match you up with an instructor who meets your skill and availability needs. You will pay for the lesson only after you have been contacted by the instructor to schedule your first lesson.