Group Swim Lessons

Swim Basics

3+ years

In Swim Basics, students learn more about personal water safety. The focus of this class is to achieve basic swimming competency by mastering two benchmark skills. The first is swim, float, swim, where students will successfully sequence from a front glide and roll to a back float and roll, do another front glide, then exit. The second benchmark is jump, push, turn, grab.

Stage 1: Water Acclimation
This stage lays the foundation for the student’s future progress in swimming. Here, they will get comfortable with underwater exploration and learn how to safely exit a body of water should they ever accidentally fall in.

Stage 2: Water Movement
Here, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement within the water. There will also be continued practice on how to safely exit the water in the event of an accidental fall.

Stage 3: Water Stamina
The final stage teaches students how to swim to safety from a longer distance should they accidentally fall into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated action between arms and legs.


Class Details

These classes are for participants from 3 years of age and older, but the student’s developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress.

Age Groups for class sessions

  • Preschool: 3–5 years
  • School Age: 5–12 years
  • Teen and Adult: 13+ years

Each class session will be 30 minutes and will have one instructor that teaches up to five participants. Students enrolled in Swim Basics are beginners that aren’t able to swim an entire length of the pool unassisted. To maximize safety, lifeguards are always on the pool deck during lessons.

We ask that participants provide the following items:

  • Towels
  • Swimsuit and goggles
  • Sunscreen and a swim shirt (for outdoor pools)

Download our lesson plan that outlines skills your child will focus on learning.

At the Y, we want everyone to feel comfortable and safe around water—that’s why we offer multiple phases of swim lessons. Learn more now!
Swim Starters
〉 Swim Basics
〉 Swim Strokes