- Registration for Monday thru Thursday classes close the Sunday prior to the session start date at 6:00pm. Registration for Saturday classes close the Friday prior to the session start date at 6:00pm.
- Week day classes meet four times per week for one week.
- Saturday classes meet one time per week for 4 weeks.
- Group swim lessons are not made up if the participant can not attend.
It’s never too early or too late to learn how to swim! Our Swim lesson provides lessons to the youngest beginner to adults looking to achieve their goal of swimming. Swim lessons start at the beginning of each month, and are available in either weekday sessions or Saturday sessions. Group lessons are 40 minutes in length. Parent/Child classes are 30 minutes in length.
Swim Lessons are divided into five different categories by age group and ability:
Water Acclimation (3-12 years old):
In this beginning class, children develop comfort with being underwater and learn how float on their back & stomach. Qualifications: None!
Water Movement (3-12 years old):
In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Qualifications: (1) able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front & back with minimal assistance, or no assistance (3) able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance.
Water Stamina (3-12 years old):
In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances. In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety. Qualifications: (1) able to float on front & back unassisted, (2) able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 feet unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.
Stroke Introduction (6-12 years old):
In this class, children are introduced to basic swimming strokes. Qualifications: (1) able to submerge & retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 yards, (4) able to jump in & tread water for 30 seconds (5) able to swim to wall & exit.
Stroke Development (6-12 years old):
In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all major competitive strokes are introduced. Qualifications: (1) able to front crawl & back crawl 25 yards, (2) able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15 yards (3) able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute.
With each level, swimmers will learn a different skill set. At the end of each session, swimmers will be graded on their aquatic ability. Instructors will decide if a swimmer needs more review in their current lessons or can graduate to the next level. Parents will be given a progress report of their swimmers abilities at the end of each session.
Call the Welcome Center or email Shari Blann at Sblann@lawtonfamilyymca.org for more information.