YMCA of Greater Westfield
67 Court Street | Westfield, MA 01085
P. 413-568-8631 | F. 413-572-3995

Preschool Swim Lessons

Learning To Swim Is Fun!

The Y-USA Learn-to-Swim courses offered at our facilities are designed to give your child a positive learning experience and teaches lifelong swimming skills.

Regardless of your child’s swimming ability, you can play a critical role in guiding, caring for, supervising, motivating and working with your child during this experience.

Swim Lesson Schedule

Our Swim Instructors

All YMCA Swim Lesson Instructors have been trained through the YMCA of the USA to teach swim lessons at a variety of levels from Parent Child-Preschool-Youth. There will always be a certified lifeguard present at your child’s lesson.

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Descriptions for each level:

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.

Stage B: Water Exploration

Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety skills.

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

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Introduces basic stroke technique in front 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

Flippers Gym/Swim

Ages 4 – 6 years. Tumbling and rolls are introduced, as well as some beginner cartwheel and handstand skills. Hanging and swinging activities on bars including front support, casts, rolling forward, pullovers and swings. Running, jumping and landing are introduced for vault. The Gym portion of the class is 30 mins long and begins with stretching and a warm up. Then, its off to the pool.

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