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Swim Lessons

          The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in swim lessons is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Swim Starters 1 (6 months – 18 months) & Swim Starters 2 (18 months – 3 years)

          The YMCA of the USA has established four progressive levels for the Preschool Swim Program. Each level is designed to teach beginner skills such as kicking and paddling while building each child’s endurance. Children in the program will gain self-confidence and become more comfortable in the water. Safety skills are taught at all the levels and water awareness is stressed throughout the program.

All children between the ages of 3 – 5 who have not taken a swim lesson at the YMCA must start at Level 1.

Our 30-minute lesson allows our instructors the necessary time to provide the students with a quality lesson and is short enough to keep the child’s attention throughout the class. Free play is encouraged and children will learn many games and songs as they progress through the program.

Upon completion of the four levels or becoming 5 years old a child will become eligible for the YMCA’s Youth Progressive Swim Program. A brief description of the skills taught at each level is provided below.

Levels 1 & 2 (Ages 3 – 5)

          This class is for first time swimmers. Pool rules, floating, kicking, and paddle strokes are taught. Swimmers will use floatation devices provided by the YMCA to assist them during class.  

          Upon completion of Level 1 level a child will progress to Level 2. At this level children begin to become comfortable swimming without a floatation device. Treading water, bobbing in deep water, and front and back somersaults are taught at this level as is front crawl, backstroke, and the introduction of rotary breathing. 

Youth (Ages 5 & Up)

The YMCA of the USA has developed six progressive levels for our youth swim lessons. Each level is designed to teach new skills while fine-tuning what students have already learned. Endurance and safety are stressed at each level and as a student progresses through the program the skills will become more difficult to learn.

          We have established a 35-minute time frame for our youth swim lessons. The 35-minutes allows for the instructors to plan for a perfect mixture of learning and fun. As a child progresses through the levels more emphasis will be placed on learning skills in preparation for swim team. Students will receive a certificate when successfully completing a level. A brief description of each level is provided below.

All children between the ages of 5 – 12 who have not taken a swim lesson at the YMCA must start at Level 3.


Levels 3 & 4 (Ages 5 – 8)

          This is the beginner level for our Youth Swim Lessons. Basic paddle techniques and kicking are taught at this level. Many of the students will use floatation devices provided by the YMCA to help them complete the first level. Endurance is stressed from the start as students grow stronger. Rotary breathing is taught in the level, while front and back crawl are perfected and breast stroke is introduced in Level 4.

Levels 5 & 6 (Ages 8+)

          Elementary backstroke is introduced in the Level 5. Endurance is stressed as students will need to tread water for three minutes. Butterfly is introduced in Level 5, and perfected in the higher levels. All strokes are perfected in Level 6 where an individual medley is a component. 

Private Swim Lessons

          Private swim lessons are available for adults and children who wish to learn to swim on an individual basis. Lessons will be scheduled based on the instructor’s availability, pool availability, and student’s schedule. 

Kids’ Swim Club

          The YMCA now offers a swim club designed to prepare youth for the rigors of a swim team. Participants must pass a swim test (50 yards freestyle with rotary breathing) in order to take part in this fun, exciting new club. Participants will refine all strokes, build endurance, and get the skills that they will need for swim team.

Aquatic Leaders Club

          A program that is all things water for tweens and teens ages 12 – 16 where the member chooses what we learn. Examples of lessons we have had so far include developing lifeguarding skills, learning about scuba diving, water polo, charter fishing, and a breaststroke development workshop. For more information or to join mid-season, please contact Carrie at the Wyoming Y.

Water Exercise Classes


          The YMCA offers a wide variety of water exercise classes to meet the needs of our members. Each class is designed with specific goals and objectives. Selecting the right class will ensure you get the most out of your workout. Every class is taught by a YMCA staff member and is supervised by a certified lifeguard.

Water X

          A low-impact, high energy aerobics class. Resistance training, flexibility, and strength will help to improve your cardiovascular system. The water provides the perfect environment for this class as many exercises that cannot be done on land are easily accomplished in the pool.

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 10:00 a.m.

Live Y’ers

          A water exercise class for those with more limited mobility. Cardiovascular, strength training, and range of motion exercises are all components of this class.

Tues/Thurs: 11:00 a.m.

Aqua Zumba

          Aqua Zumba brings new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. It combines the South American Zumba rhythm and dance steps with a pool party. Join this fun but challenging, water-based, body-toning workout.

Wed: 6:00 p.m. & Sat: 8:00 a.m.

As is the case with any exercise program, you should consult your physician before beginning a new exercise class.

Pool Rules

  • Members and guests must follow pool rules and obey the directions given by the YMCA Staff.
  • Members and guests using the pool must take a soapy shower before entering the pool.
  • Proper swim wear is required, no t-shirts unless authorized by YMCA Staff.
  • Running on the pool deck is NOT allowed.
  • Diving is prohibited. 
  • Punching, dunking, rough play, and fighting is NOT allowed.           
  • No hanging on the lane lines or pool dividers.
  • No one is allowed on the peninsula/no jumping from the peninsula.
  • Food, drink, and gum are NOT allowed in the pool area.
  • No jumping from the gray deck. Jumping must be done from the white drain area.
  • Refrain from holding your breath or swimming under water for prolonged periods of time.  
  • Jump in feet first.
  • Non-swimming members and guests are asked to stay in the designated seating/observation area.

NOTE: The lifeguards on duty have the final say in enforcement of the rules.

Pool Policies

  • Members and guests using the YMCA pool must do so in accordance with staff instruction and pool rules. Failure to do so may result in expulsion.
  • Children under the age of nine (9), regardless of swim ability, must be accompanied by a parent or adult, 18 years of age or older, who must remain in the pool area while the child(ren) is/are in any family swim activity.
  • Children under the age of six (6), regardless of swim ability, must be accompanied in the water at all times by a parent or adult, 18 years of age or older.
  • Members and guests wishing to use the slide who are under the age of 13 years must successfully complete a YMCA Swim Test and wear an identifying wrist band when using the pool.
  • Swim tests are given by YMCA Aquatics Staff. Wrist bands are given out at the Service Desk only.
  • Members and guests who fail the YMCA swim test or decline to take the test will not be allowed to use the slide. 
  • Only adults and children supervised by adults 18 years of age or older are allowed on the pool deck for observation purposes.