Build confidence in the water! Swim Lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit you for a lifetime. The Y offers swim instruction for all ages and skill levels.
Group Swim Lessons
Group swim lessons are taught by caring, certified instructors and teach people to have fun in the water while staying safe, creating an environment where all can come together to learn, grow, and thrive.
|A / WATER DISCOVERY Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.||B / WATER EXPLORATION In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.|
|1 / WATER ACCLIMATION Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.||2 / WATER MOVEMENT In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.|
|3 / WATER STAMINA In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.||4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.|
|5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.||6 / STROKE MECHANICS In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.|
Group Swim Lesson Schedules
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||Niles-Buchanan YMCA||South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA|
Become a certified lifeguard through the American Red Cross! Those who join the YMCA as a lifeguard upon successful completion of the course will have a partial amount refunded.
Pre-Course: This course is required for all participants signed up for the lifeguard course. You will need to be dressed to get into the pool where a swim test will be taken. This includes:
- Swim 550 yards, continuously
- Retrieve 3 dive rings from the bottom of the shallow end
- Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs
- Swim 20 yards, retrieve brick off the bottom, return to the starting point and climb out in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Course: For the course, you will receive a handbook, CPR mask, whistle, and certification valid for 2 years. Must turn 15 years old prior to completion of the course.
Thursday, January 23
January 28-February 27
Tuesday & Thursday 7:00-10:00 PM
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||Pre-Course:
Saturday, February 15
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
February 15, 22, 29
Saturdays 12:00-6:00 PM
Private & Semi-Private Lessons
A YMCA certified swim instructor could be just what you or your child needs to get comfortable in the water or achieve your swimming goals. Your lessons are designed to meet your specific needs. Punch cards are available for private and semi-private lessons for all ages. Please contact your preferred branch for more information.
Adult Swim Lessons
For adults, ages 13 +, who want to learn the basics of swimming, or conquer a fear of swimming. We have trained and dedicated instructors who can help you learn to swim what matter your experience or background is. Please register for private or semi-private lessons. Days & times vary.
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming is an adult aquatics program that promotes lifelong fitness that includes fun, camaraderie, and motivation to all adult age and swimming abilities. We offer a variety of activities including structured workout sessions, coached swimming analysis, and feedback.
Whether you are a fitness swimmer, a triathlete in training, or simply learning how to swim, everyone is welcome on the Aqua Greyhound Masters Swim Team. No registration required.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||Begins October 22, 2019
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30-7:45 PM
Saturdays 7:30-8:45 AM
Per Punch Card
The Junior Dolphin swim class is designed for swimmers who want to learn the strokes and experience the practice of a swim team without attending meets and a rigorous practice schedule. This program is designed to teach all four strokes, starts, turns, and all other skills taught on a swim team. To participate in this class all swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool without a flotation device or other aid practicing both freestyle and backstroke. The Jr. Dolphins practice twice a week. Please make sure to bring a pair of goggles to your lesson. For ages 6-12.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||Tuesday & Thursday