NEW Swim Lessons

The Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area is proud to announce the launch of our new swim lessons. The updated swim lesson program focuses even more on keeping kids safe in and around the water with an emphasis on true progression of swimming. This update allows us to keep doing what we’ve been doing great and build on it as the leading provider of aquatics in our community.

Transition from Old Swim Lessons to New Swim Lessons!

SWIM STAGES

 SWIM STARTERS  
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers 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.

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.

SWIM BASICS
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
  Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  Jump, push, turn, grab

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.

SWIM strokes
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.

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.