The Bucyrus Area
YMCA
Youth Aquatics
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Please Note
: starting October 2013, registration for all classes will begin on Monday of the week prior to the start of the class.  Monday and Tuesday registration will be limited to YMCA Members; non-Members may register beginning on Wednesday.



Parents: Please bring your child only to the specified class that
they are signed
up for.  Bringing them at other times may
overcrowd an already full class.


All swim lessons incorporate the following 5 components:
Personal Safety, Stroke Development, Personal Growth,
Water Sports & Games, and Rescues.

Water Babies
Water introduction for infants and toddlers, ages 6 months – 3 years. Parents work with their children in the water, helping them feel comfortable in and around water. They practice how to safely enter and exit the pool, blow bubbles, paddle with help, sing songs and play in water. Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper in the pool.

Water Babies

Days/Time

Members

Non-Memb.

Saturday Sessions
June 7 - June 28 Saturday 10:45-11:15 am $18.00 $24.00

 

Youth Swim Lessons:  Skippers
Preschool swimming for children 3-5 years old.  This program encourages separation from parents, water safety, beginning swimming skills and water enjoyment. There are 4 levels in this program. The skills taught in the first level must be achieved before the child will be moved to the next level. Since each child is different, each child will progress at his/her own rate.

Pike:  Designed for non-swimmers, this beginner level helps children ages 3 -5 years develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water in a group situation, and develop independent movement in the water. In order to progress to Eel, students must:

  • Explore water, get face wet, bob under water

  • Adjust to group situation, follow instructions

  • Move through water comfortably, without adult support on noodle on front, back, side

  • Swim about 5 feet, with no help or noodle, on front, back and side

  • Float front & back about 30 seconds with noodle

Eel:  This advanced beginner level reinforces the Pike skills. It is for children ages 3 – 5 years who are already comfortable in and under the water. In order to progress to the Ray level, students must:

  • Swim width of pool on noodle on front, back and side

  • Consistently swim width of the pool in deep water on front (face in water), back and side without assistance

  • Front and back float, 10 seconds with no help

  Ray & Starfish:  These advanced levels are usually combined, but children’s (ages 4 – 5) instruction is still tailored to their individual needs. At the level of instruction, emphasis is placed on improving stroke skills and endurance. Once your child turns 6 years old, he/she should enroll in Guppy level. Skills mastered include:
  • Kick length of pool with kickboard on front, back, and side

  • Improve form and endurance; swim lengths of pool: front crawl with rhythmic breathing, back crawl, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, introduction to breaststroke and introduction to butterfly

  • Tread water, front and back float about 30 seconds

  • Jump or dive into deep water

   

Skippers

Days/Time

Members

Non-Memb.

Pike, Eel, Ray, & Starfish
Weekday Sessions
June 3 - June 26 Tues & Thurs 6:45 - 7:15 pm $30.00 $48.00
Saturday Sessions
June 7 - June 28 Saturday 10:00 - 10:45 am $30.00 $48.00

 

Youth Swim Lessons:  Progressive Classes
Ages 6 years and up.  This national YMCA program is designed to provide instruction in personal water safety, endurance and a variety of swimming strokes and skills. Learning these skills is a complex process and each child will not progress from one level to the next in just one session.

Polliwog: Designed for non-swimmers ages 6 – 12, this beginner level helps school age children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement through the water. In order to progress to the Guppy level, students must:

  • Swim on front, back & side with noodle width of pool

  • Consistently swim widths of the pool in deep water on front (face in water); back and side without assistance

  • Front and back float, 30 seconds no help

 

Guppy: Students, ages 6 – 12 at this advanced level will work on improving stroke skills and endurance. Correct breathing and coordination of strokes is emphasized. In order to progress to the Minnow level, students must:

  • Swim 20 yards each: front crawl with rotary breathing; back crawl; elementary backstroke; sidestroke; intro into breaststroke Tread water, 20 – 30 seconds; front and back floats, 1 minute each

 

Minnow: Designed for students, ages 6- 12, who have mastered the Guppy level, this intermediate class continues to refine strokes and build endurance. They learn self-discipline and goal-setting. In order to progress to the Fish level, students must:

  • Consistently swim 25 meters each: front crawl with good form; back crawl with good form, sidestroke with scissors kick; elementary backstroke; beginning backstroke

  • Tread water 1 minute or more; resting stroke 3 minutes

  • Standing dive

Fish:  At this intermediate level, students, ages 6 – 12, continue to perfect their strokes and increase swimming distances. In order to progress to Flying Fish students must complete:

  • Swim 50 meters each, freestyle with good form, back crawl with shoulder roll, sidestroke with glide; breaststroke with glide and dolphin kick

Flying  Fish & Shark:  These advanced levels are usually combined, but students (ages 7 – 12) instruction is still tailored to their individual needs. Students continue to build endurance and refine strokes. To successfully complete these levels students must:

  • Continuously swim 75 to 100 meters each, using good form, freestyle, with bent arm and front flip turns; backstroke with bent arm pull and back turns; butterfly; sidestroke

Progressive Classes

Days/Time

Members

Non-Memb.

Polliwog, Guppy, Mnnow, Fish, Flying Fish, Shark
Weekday Sessions
June 3 - June 26 Tues & Thurs 6:15 - 6:45 pm $30.00 $48.00
Saturday Sessions
June 7 - June 28 Saturday 9:15 - 10:00 am $30.00 $48.00

 

 

 

Private Swim Lessons
Private swim lessons are available.  These lessons can encompass a wide range of swimming abilities, from the beginning to the advanced swimmer.  Each lesson is 30 minutes.  

Private Swim Lessons

Members

Non-Memb.

   

$17.00

$32.00