Group Swim Lessons

Swim Strokes

5+ years

In Swim Strokes, students are moving beyond the fundamentals they’ve mastered to learn additional water safety skills as well as build on their stroke technique. Here, students will develop skills that can help prevent chronic diseases, improve their social and emotional well-being, increase their cognitive awareness, and foster a lifelong love of physical activity.

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction
Students work to enhance their front crawl and back crawl techniques, as well as learn the breaststroke and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Stage 5: Stroke Development
The stage is centered around stroke techniques and development. Students will also learn all of the major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety is continued through treading water and sidestroke.

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics
Students will refine their techniques on all of the major competitive strokes. They’ll also get more information about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthier lifestyle.


Class Details

These classes are for anyone ages 5 years and older, but student’s developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress.

Age Groups for class sessions

  • 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 six participants. Students enrolling in Swim Strokes must be 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