Youth Swim Lessons - v. 6

This September the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy will launch updated its swim lessons curriculum to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Metuchen YMCA

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Swim Starters Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
New Fall Session starts September 5-October 29, 2017
Full Member Registration begins August 21,2017
Program Member Registration begins August 28,2017
  • Water Discovery (Ages 6-18 months)

    Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
  • Water Exploration (Ages 18m-3 years)

    Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. 
Swim Basics Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
New Fall Session starts September 5-October 29, 2017
Full Member Registration begins August 21,2017
Program Member Registration begins August 28,2017
  • Water Acclimation (Ages 3-5 years)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. 
  • Water Movement (Ages 3-5 years)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Water Stamina (Ages 3-5 years)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
  • Water Stamina (Ages 6-12 years)

  • Water Movement (Ages 6-12 years)

  • Water Acclimation (Ages 6-12 years)

Swim Strokes Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
New Fall Session starts September 5-October 29, 2017
Full Member Registration begins August 21,2017
Program Member Registration begins August 28,2017
  • Stroke Development (Ages 5-12 years)

    Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. 
  • Stroke Introduction (Ages 5-12 years)

    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
  • Stroke Introduction (Ages 3-5 years)

  • Stroke Mechanics (Ages 5-12 years)

    Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Mini Manta Rays (Ages 5-12 years)
This class is for swimmers who successfully passed Stroke Mechanics and are interested in preparing for swim team or are looking for recreation swim time with an instructor. Participation does not guarantee acceptance to the swim team.
 
  • Mini Manta Rays (Ages 5-12 years)

Autism Swims ( Ages 5-15 years)
  • Special Needs Autism Swims (Ages 5-15 years)

Edison YMCA

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Swim Starters Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants, toddlers and preschoolers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
  • Water Discovery (Ages 6-15 months)

    Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
  • Water Exploration (Ages 16-35 months)

    Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
  • Water Exploration (Ages 3-5 years)

    Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. 
Swim Basics Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
Students will learn benchmark skills: swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit- and jump push, turn, grab.

Students are taught the recommended skills to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water,  Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.
  • Water Acclimation (Ages 3-5 years)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue performed with assistance. 
  • Water Acclimation (Ages 6-12 years)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue performed with assistance. 
  • Water Movement (Ages 3-5 years)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Water Movement (Ages 6-12 years)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Water Stamina (Ages 3-5 years)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. 
  • Water Stamina (Ages 6-12 years)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. 
Swim Strokes Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. 

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes  as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits. 
  • Stroke Introduction (Ages 3-5 years)

    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

  • Stroke Introduction (Ages 6-12 years)

    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

  • Stroke Development (Ages 6-12 years)

    Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
  • Stroke Mechanics (Ages 6-12 years)

    Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. 

South Amboy YMCA

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Swim Starters Parent & Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months-3 Years)
Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants, toddlers and preschoolers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
  • Water Discovery (Ages 6-18 Months)

    Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
  • Water Exploration (Ages 18 months-3 years)

    Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Swim Basic Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
Students will learn benchmark skills: swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit- and jump push, turn, grab.

Students are taught the recommended skills to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water,  Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.
  • Water Acclimation (Ages 3-5)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
  • Water Acclimation (Ages 6-12)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
  • Water Movement (Ages 3-5)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
  • Water Movement (Ages 6-12)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
  • Water Stamina (Ages 3-5)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
  • Water Stamina (Ages 6-12)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
Swim Strokes Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12)
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

In Stroke Introduction Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming stokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Stroke Introduction (Ages 3-5)

    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

  • Stroke Introduction (Ages 6-12)

    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

  • Stroke Development (Ages 6-12)

    Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through trading water and sidestrokes.
  • Stroke Mechanics (Ages 6-12)

    Refines stroke techniques on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Autism Swims
A class designed for those with Autism.
  • Autism Swims