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Swim Lesson Information

Here's what you need to know as we bring swim lessons back to the YMCA:

  • Reduced capacity of four kids for each class
  • Only one parent/guardian will be permitted in the observation area. While observing your child, we ask that you maintain physical distancing and wear a mask.
  • Classes will be 30 minutes long and in 4-week sessions
  • Rate : $40/members, $80/non-members
  • certified instructors

Stages & Ages 

Parent & child 6 Months-3 Years Old

Pre-School 3-5 Years Old

Youth 6-12 years old

Adult 13+

Swim Starters

Stage A -Water Discovery
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment


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


Outcomes - Stage A&B
Accompanied by a parent, 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.

Swim Basics

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


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


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

Outcomes Stage 1-3
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
- Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
- Jump, push, turn, grab

Swim Strokes

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


Stage 5 Stroke development 
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.


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


Outcomes Stage 4-6
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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Great Miami Valley YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for ALL.

The YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.
Our tax identification number is 31-0536719.