The YMCA Swim Lessons program uses a skill-based approach designed to meet the needs of local Ys and the people they serve.
In the Y’s Youth swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.
The swim lessons curriculum allows for both standardization and flexibility. The curriculum organization ensures that swim lessons programs look and sound the same at every Y across the country. But the way students move through the curriculum can be adapted to meet the needs of all Ys in all communities.
Students will learn personal water safety and achieve basic aquatic survival skills based on a swim-float-swim and jump-push-turn-grab schools of learning.
At a high level, the curriculum is organized into three general categories:
- Swim Starters
- Swim Basics
- Swim Strokes
Once students have progressed through the stages in all three categories, they have the opportunity to follow three different pathways:
- Competition: For students who want to swim competitively either at the Y or for a different organization
- Leadership: For students who want to become a lifeguard or otherwise use swimming skills in their professional career
- Recreation: For students who want to make swimming a part of a healthy lifestyle and a way of getting the recommended amount of physical activity per day