Pre-School Lessons (3 years-5 years)

In this program, preschoolers learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills—swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab while swimming with a YMCA instructor.

Stage 1: Preschoolers develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

Stage 2/3: Preschoolers learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages and continue to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.  The class also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm/leg action. This class is for kids who aren’t yet able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.

Fall Session 1 Preschool Aged Class Times

Stage 1: Thursdays 4:30-5:00pm, Saturdays 9:00-9:30am, Saturdays 9:35-10:05am

Stage 2: Fridays 4:30-5:00pm, Saturdays Saturdays 9:00-9:30am, Saturdays 9:35-10:05am

​Fall Session 1 (6 weeks, September 14-October 21) Registration will open on Monday, August 28 for members and Wednesday, August 30 for the community. Registration can be done in person at the Y of over the phone by calling the Welcome Center (413) 568-8631.