Swimming Lessons

Whether you are two or 92, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati can help you learn to swim. The Y offers swim lessons for children, adults, and those with special needs. Ever since the first YMCA bath opened in 1885, the Y has been a pioneer in swimming education. Low student-to-instructor ratio help individuals learn to swim and feel a sense of achievement from mastering a new life-long skill. Structured classes are divided by age and skill level and taught by certified instructors who guide with praise and encouragement.

SWIM STARTERS

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.

STAGE A | WATER DISCOVERY

Stage A introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

STAGE B | WATER EXPLORATION

At 9 months of age, your child should sit upright without support and stand with support from the hands. In this class, your child is beginning to learn basic water skills, such as kicking, breathing, and body control.

SWIM BASICS

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

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.

SWIM STROKES

The beginner swimmer; children who are first being exposed to water or have a concern of getting their face wet or being submerged are best placed in this level. In these classes the instructor will work with your child to gain comfort in the water while working on basic swimming skills.

STAGE 4 | WATER INTRODUCTION

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

SWIM BASICS

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

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.

SWIM STROKES

The beginner swimmer; children who are first being exposed to water or have a concern of getting their face wet or being submerged are best placed in this level. In these classes the instructor will work with your child to gain comfort in the water while working on basic swimming skills.

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.