Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

The Y offers a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate swim program that teaches you how to skillfully and safely think and act in, on, and around water. Group swim lessons are separated by age and skill level and offered on a monthly basis. Private swim lessons give one-on-one attention that caters to a student’s individual goals. All lesson packages include six 30-minute sessions.

December group swim lessons will begin Tuesday, December 6th, 2022, and end Thursday, December 22nd, 2022. The sessions will be every Tuesday and Thursday with the exception of the final week: those sessions will be on Wednesday, December 21st, and Thursday, December 22nd, as the final session.

Swim Lessons Check-in

  • Please enter through the front entrance of the building to gain access to the pool deck.
  • Please sign-in your child at the Front Desk.
  • Arrive with your children dressed to swim. Locker rooms are conveniently located on the same floor as the pool.
  • Pre-K & School Age:
    • Please wait on the Observation Deck and the Aquatics Director will come for your child at their designated class time.
    • Parents – Please observe your child during the class from the Observation Deck.

Preparing for my Swim Lessons

  • Please bring your own towel. We do not have access to the towels for participants.
  • We encourage children to be comfortable opening their eyes in the pool without goggles. We will use goggles in more advanced classes. You can bring goggles but they may not be utilized.
  • Each child must have only one parent or guardian in the water during the Parent & Child class.
  • Children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers with a plastic pant that is fitted at the legs and waist.
  • Swimmers must exit the pool immediately following their lesson.
  • No sick or ill people will be allowed in our natatorium.

Swim Lessons Progress 

Information regarding the progress of your child can be discussed with the Aquatics Director at any time. Our training design utilizes a continuum for each level to follow so that every swimmer progresses.

Click Here to view Infant/Toddler & Preschool Skill Continuum

Click Here to view School Age & Teen/Adult Skill Continuum

 

Cancellation Policy
In the event of inclement weather, please do not assume your class is cancelled. We typically will not cancel a class until 20 minutes before the start time. We also do not cancel all classes for an evening unless necessary. If your lesson has been cancelled, you will receive a phone call. Please make sure your phone number & email stays updated in our system. We guarantee six swim lessons. Classes that have met for a minimum of 15 minutes will not be rescheduled. We do not offer make up swim lessons if the participant has a conflict. Any make up provided by the YMCA will be communicated via email.

Policy requires that we close our pools for 30 minutes after each sign of lighting or thunder.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns please email Cat Gunther at [email protected].

Programs and Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Management may issue a partial credit to use at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.  Program staff will determine whether a full or partial credit will be given based on the date and reason of the request. No credits will be issued after the start date of any program.

Parent & Child: Swim Starters

All Locations
12/6/22 - 12/22/22
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This stage builds basic water safety skills for infants, toddlers, and their parents. The 6 semi-structured classes allow children to adjust to the water and become more comfortable by focusing on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. One parent per child must be in the pool for each lesson.


Parent & Child Progressive Levels:

Level A: Water Discovery is your first opportunity to expose your infant or toddler to the wonderful world of water fun & safety. The focus for this class is to ensure your baby’s first swim experience is a positive one by guiding both parent and child in basic water orientation.

Level B: Water Exploration continues the learning process for basic water safety while practicing basic swimming skills and breath control at a higher level of independence.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Registration 10/20/22 10/30/22 Online / Front Desk $ 30.00$ 45.00
Early Registration (Members) 11/7/22 11/13/22 Online / Front Desk $ 30.00-
Registration 11/14/22 12/2/22 Online / Front Desk $ 30.00$ 45.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
12/06/22 - 12/22/22
Tu,Th - 5:00 pm - 30 mins
8 / 10 Available Register  
Closes
12/02/2022

Preschool (Ages 3 - 5): Swim Basics

All Locations
12/6/22 - 12/22/22
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Preschool lessons begin with water adjustment and then progress, stressing safety and increasing the student’s confidence while in the water in 6 classes. Students progress to the next level upon mastering the skills of their current level of swimming.


Preschool Progressive Levels:

Level 1: Water Acclimation increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Level 2: Water Movement encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Level 3: Water Stamina develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Registration 10/20/22 10/30/22 Online / Front Desk $ 30.00$ 45.00
Early Registration (Members) 11/7/22 11/13/22 Online / Front Desk $ 30.00-
Registraion 11/14/22 12/2/22 Online / Front Desk $ 30.00$ 45.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
12/06/22 - 12/22/22
Tu,Th - 5:40 pm - 30 mins
5 / 10 Available Register  
Closes
12/02/2022

School Age (Ages 6 - 12): Swim Basics

All Locations
12/6/22 - 12/22/22
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This stage provides participants with a logical, three-level progression in 6 classes that helps students of varying abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. Students progress to the next level upon mastering the skills of their current level of swimming.


School Age Progressive Levels:

Level 1: Water Acclimation increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Level 2: Water Movement encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Level 3: Water Stamina develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Registration 10/20/22 10/30/22 Online / Front Desk $ 35.00$ 55.00
Early Registration (Members) 11/7/22 11/13/22 Online / Front Desk $ 35.00-
Registration 11/14/22 12/2/22 Online / Front Desk $ 35.00$ 55.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
12/06/22 - 12/22/22
Tu,Th - 6:20 pm - 30 mins
5 / 10 Available Register  
Closes
12/02/2022

School Age (Ages 6 - 12): Swim Strokes

All Locations
12/6/22 - 12/22/22
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This stage provides participants with a logical, three-level progression that helps students develop their swimming techniques in 6 classes. Students progress to the next level upon mastering the skills of their current level of swimming. Students must be able to swim 12.5 meters (half the length of the YMCA pool) unassisted.


School-Age Progressive Levels:

Level 4: Stroke Introduction introduces basic stroke technique in freestyle and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Level 5: Stroke Development introduces breaststroke and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

Level 6: Stroke Mechanics refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Registration 10/20/22 10/30/22 Online / Front Desk $ 35.00$ 55.00
Early Registration (Members) 11/7/22 11/13/22 Online / Front Desk $ 35.00-
Registration 11/14/22 12/2/22 Online / Front Desk $ 35.00$ 55.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
12/06/22 - 12/22/22
Tu,Th - 7:00 pm - 30 mins
8 / 10 Available Register  
Closes
12/02/2022