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Y Updates Swim Curriculum in Fall I

07.25.2017

swim imageWe’ve updated our lessons to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. Our goal is to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels, focusing first on basic water safety and then growing to introduce strokes and technique.

At the Y, we strive to create more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime. The NEW Y curriculum breaks swim instruction into 3 tiers: Swim Starters, Swim Basics and Swim Strokes. This ensures all students focus on the ‘Safety Around Water’ benchmark stills: ‘Swim, Float, Swim’ and ‘Jump, push (or swim), turn, grab’ and then continue on to become efficient and strong swimmers.

You can register for classes online here or in-person on our website. As always, you can contact Ashley Coticchio, our aquatics director, at acoticchio@cbfymca.org or x1409 if you have any questions or would like to have your child evaluated.

Here's an overview of what we offer and any new names for classes:

Name Focus Age Student/Teacher Ratio Description
Shrimp, Kipper, Inias Water Discovery Parent/Child - 6 months - 5 years 1:12 Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic
environment, so to provide a positive family aquatic experience.
 Perch  Water Exploration Parent/Child - 6 months - 5 years  1:10 Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
 Perch Plus  Water Acclimation Parent/Child - 6 months - 5 years   1:8  Equivalent to our Starfish level, but just with a parent. Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic
self-rescue skills performed with parent.
 Turtle NEW!  Water Acclimation  Age 3-5  1:4  Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills; meant for first-time swimmers or swimmers who are not yet comfortable in the water.
 Pike  Water Movement  Age 3-5  1:5  Focuses on forward movement in water and basic self-rescue
skills performed independently; meant for beginner swimmers who are comfortable swimming 5 ft with a ‘2-bubble’ flotation.
 Eel  Water Stamina  Age 3-5  1:6  Develops intermediate self-rescue skills, performed at longer distances; meant for swimmers who are able to swim 5 yards, tread water for 10 seconds and with minimal floatation support.
 Ray  Stroke Introduction  Age 3-5  1:6  Introduces basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke and reinforces water safety; meant for swimmers are able to swim 10 yards on front/back and can tread water for 30 seconds.
 Polliwog  Water Basics  Age 6-12  1:5  Focuses on the ‘Safety Around Water’ skills; meant for first-time or beginner swimmers.
 Guppy  Stroke Introduction  Age 6-12  1:6  Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl/back crawl and reinforces water safety; meant for swimmers are able to swim 15 yards
front/back crawl and can tread water for 1 minute.
 Minnow  Stroke Development  Age 6-12  1:7  Builds on endurance and introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety; meant for swimmers who are able to swim 15 yards front crawl with side breathing, 15 yards backstroke, 15 yards
elementary backstroke, and 15 yards breaststroke and butterfly kick.
 Flying Fish  Stroke Mechanics  Age 6-12  1:8  Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and reviews resting strokes; meant for swimmers who are able to swim 25
yards freestyle, 25 yards backstroke, 25 yards elementary backstroke,
25 yards of breaststroke.
 Stroke & Turn Technique    Age 6-12  1:10  Designed to help swimmers prepare for swim team; Learn
stroke drills and techniques for effective turns for all 4 competitive strokes. Swimmers should successfully complete Flying Fish or demonstrate 50 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and 25
yards basic Butterfly.

View the Y-USA Swim Lesson upgrade flyer