SWIM LESSONS, SWIM CLASSES, & SWIM TEAMA.A. MOM WITH SON POOL

The YMCA of Greater Dayton offers swim lessons for all ages and capabilities all year long! We also offer Lifeguard certification courses at many of our locations. Click on a button below to view descriptions of classes in that category. Download our 'frequently asked questions' sheet and swim lesson flow chart here.

Parent/
Child
6-36 Months
Pre-
School
3-5 Years
Youth
6-12 Years

Adult
13+ Years
Life
Guard
Certification
Swim
Team
5-19 Years

 


Guide to Swim Placement

How Old Is Your Child?

Has your child mastered the following skills?

Submerge their face while blowing bubbles through the mouth and nose?

Front float and back float 10 sec with parent's support?

Submerge their head while blowing bubbles Front float and back float 20 sec with parental support?

Roll from front to back with parent's support?

Flutter kick on front and back with parent's support

We recommend you register for SHRIMP (Parent/Child Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for INIA (Parent/Child Swim Lessons)

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Your child may be ready to move onto Pike or Eel!
Branches throughout the YMCA of Greater Dayton offer a Perch class for children ages 2-3, helping parents and children transition from Parent-child lessons to group lessons. Contact your local Y for more details!

Has your child mastered the following skills?

Submerge their head while blowing bubbles?

Back float 5 seconds without support?

Flutter kick and paddle 5 feet without support?

Bob 5 times?

Back float 20 sec without support?

Jump into the pool without assistance?

Kick and paddle 15 feet without support?

Bob 10 times?

Back float 30 sec and tread 30 sec without support?

Jump into the deep water and return to side without assistance?

Front crawl 25 feet with face in the water and rhythmic breathing?

Swim on back 15 feet without support?

We recommend you register for PIKE (Preschool Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for EEL (Preschool Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for RAY (Preschool Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for RAY (Preschool Swim Lessons)

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Has your child mastered the following skills?

Submerge their head while blowing bubbles?

Back float 20 sec?

Jump in unassisted and return to side of pool?

Flutter kick and paddle 20 feet unsupported on front and back?

Bob 10 times?

Back float 30 sec, tread 30 sec?

Jump in unassisted in deep water and return to side?

Swim on front 25 yards with face in the water and arms coming out of the water?

Swim on back 25 yards with arms extending out of water?

Tread 1 minute?

Front crawl with rotary breathing, 25 yards?

Backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke 25 yards each?

Tread water 2+ minutes?

Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke 50 yards with proper form?

Butterfly, 25 yards with proper form?

We recommend you register for POLLIWOG (Youth Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for GUPPY (Youth Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for MINNOW (Youth Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for FISH (Youth Swim Lessons)

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We recommend you register for SHARK (Youth Swim Lessons)

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons: 6 - 36 months

This program promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness for children from six to 36 months. Parents will accompany their child in the water during the lessons and will learn ways to help their child become more comfortable in and around water.

Shrimp (Parent/Child 1): Promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness for children ages 6 - 18 months. Children in this program are accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older in the water.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 10 Parent/Child Pairs
 
Inia (Parent/Child 2): This class develops safe pool behavior, and teaches basic swimming skills such as kicking, blowing bubbles, floating, and paddle strokes for children ages 19—36 months. Children in this program are accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older in the water.  
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 10 Parent/Child Pairs

Perch (Parent/Child 3):  A transitional class for young children and parents to adapt children to group lessons without the support of a parent. Children will learn floats, glides, jumping, kicks and paddles. This class is for children ages 2-3 who have taken at least one session of shrimp or Inia swimming lessons.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 3 students

 

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Preschool Swim Lessons: 3 - 5 years

This progressive program teaches water adjustment and basic swimming skills for children ages three to five years of age. Children will progress through three levels as they develop skills.

Pike (Preschool 1): An introductory class for preschool aged children. This class develops safe pool behavior, and teaches basic swimming skills such as kicking, blowing bubbles, floating, and paddle strokes for children ages 3 to 5. To progress, they must swim 5 feet on their front and back without assistance.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 5 students
 
Eel (Preschool 2): Swimmers in this level are comfortable in the water, and will learn a progressive paddle stroke. They will work on a flutter kick, floatation, and sitting dives. To progress, they must swim 15 yards on their front, back, and side without assistance. 
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 5 students
 
Ray (Preschool 3): Swimmers at this level must have instructor approval to register. They swim at least 15 yards independently without floatation devices. This class continues to work on front with rudimentary rotary breathing, and backstroke. Breaststroke and kneeling dives are introduced in this class.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 5 students

 

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Youth Swim Lessons: 6 - 12 years

This student-centered program allows each child to progress at his or her own pace. Students are grouped by ability levels as follows:

Polliwog (Youth 1): An introductory class for school aged swimmers. Students become acquainted with the water as well as floatation devices in this class.  They will learn front, back, and side paddle stroke, as well as floating on their back. To progress, they must be able to swim 20 feet on the front, back and side.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 6 students
 
Guppy (Youth 2): Students are introduced to skills that lead up to front crawl, backstroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. To progress, the must swim 25 yards on their front with rotary breathing, back and side.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 6 students
 
Minnow (Youth 3): Students continue to work on front crawl, backstroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. Breaststroke, diving, and treading are also taught in this course. To progress they must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 6 students
 
Fish (Youth 4): Swimmers work on perfecting front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. The Butterfly Stroke is introduced in the level. Advanced dives, synchronized swimming skills, and various treading kicks are introduced. To progress, they must be able to swim 50 yards of each stroke.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 6 students
 
Shark (Youth 5): Swimmers can swim 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and sidestroke. They can also swim 25 yards of butterfly. They will focus on improving stroke mechanics, building endurance, and fundamentals for competitive swimming.
Class Ratio: 1 Instructor: 6 students

 

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Adult Swim Lessons: 13 years +

Instructors will work with all levels of swimmers to increase their comfort and competency in and around water.

Beginner: This class is designed for teens/adults who can not swim at least 25 feet (about 1/3 of the length of the lap pool) on their own but would like to work on getting adjusted to the water. Focus is on the basics of elementary backstroke and freestyle. Swimmers will continue to work on endurance, confidence, and treading water. Ideal for those that are afraid of the water but have never had any formal training.

Intermediate: For teens/adults who can already swim 25 yards (1 lap) on their own. Focus on the development of strength and endurance as well as improving freestyle, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke. Instructor will also provide stroke analysis and specific training techniques.

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