Swim Lessons

At the YMCA, we offer swim programs for children of all ages. These include the Lil’ Dippers program, Learn to Swim program and Stars program. All levels are offered several times throughout the week. Registration is required, unless otherwise indicated.

**Please contact the YMCA at (705) 497-9622 for program dates and times.**

Splashers (6 months – 18 months)
Designed for parents/caregivers and child to become comfortable in the water together. Learn basic swim and safety skills in a fun and safe environment. Instruction includes comfort in the water, splashes with arms and legs, pool area orientation, songs and free time for questions and play.

Bubblers (18 months – 36 months)
Building on what was learned in Splashers, children and their parents/caregivers learn how to hold wall and kick feet, front/back float assisted, and safe swimming. Songs, games, and free time are also included.

YMCA L’il Dippers Program (Ages 3 – 5 years)

 Bobber

This beginner level focuses on safety, entering and exiting the pool, progression for submersion and short swims, assisted floats and propulsion.

Floater

At this level, children learn deep water awareness, pool rules, how to wear a personal floatation device (PFD), assisted jumps into the water, unassisted bobs, blowing bubbles, and retrieving objects. 

Glider

This intermediate level introduces deep water activities and front and back swims to a distance of 5m.

Diver

In this intermediate level, children continue to develop deep water skills, work on arm action and increase front and back swim distances to 10m.

Surfer

This advanced level explores diving, surface support, creative pool entries and extends swim distances to 15m – 25 m. 

Dipper

In this advanced level, children further refine front and back crawl to distances of  25 – 50m,  deep water activities and skills are explored.

 

YMCA Learn to Swim Program (Ages 6-12 years)

Otter

This beginner level focuses on safety, entering and exiting the pool, progression for submersion and short  distance swim of 5m, assisted floats and propulsion.

Seal

This beginner level introduces deep water jumping, breath control and surface support.  Participants continue to develop floats, glides and distance swim of 10m. 

Dolphin

Building on what was learned in Seal, the child spends more time in deep water.  Endurance in increased to distances of 15m for front and back swim .  Front crawl is introduced.

Swimmer

In this level, participants progress to treading water for 60 seconds, front crawl for 25m distance, and are introduced to resuscitation.

 

YMCA Star Program (Ages 6-12 years)

Star 1

Continuing on from Swimmer level the participant will work on developing their front crawl to the intermediate standard and back crawl to initial standard.  Endurance will be developed as the participant works toward completing a 75m swim.

Star 2

Participants continue to develop front and back crawl as well as elementary backstroke.  Front crawl and back crawl starts are learned in this level as is headfirst sculling.  Breaststroke is introduced.

Star 3

Participants continue to develop front and back crawl as well as elementary backstroke.  Front crawl and back crawl starts are learned in this level as is headfirst sculling.  Breaststroke is introduced. Building endurance and perfecting strokes. Participants are required to complete a 300 m endurance swim.  Front crawl and back crawl are at advanced standard while elementary backstroke is at intermediate standard and breaststroke is at initial standard.  Foot first sculling and back crawl turn are learned.

Star 4

Participants learn about drowning prevention, develop higher level rescue skills and build further endurance.

Star 5

While working on increasing endurance, participants are introduced to sidestroke.  Other strokes are being developed as well.  The breaststroke start and turn as well as the front crawl turn are introduced at this time. Surface dives and synchro skills are at the heart of this level.  Endurance is now a 500 m swim.

Star 6

Advanced synchro skills and some water polo skills are learned at this level.  As well some unique swim strokes are introduced like waltz crawl, inverted breaststroke and double over arm backstroke.  Participants continue to develop their endurance with a 600 m swim.

Adult/Teen Swim Lessons

If you are looking to learn better technique, or if you want to learn to swim from the beginning, one of our YMCA Swim Instructors will help you progress in the pool. Available for members only, ages 13 years and up. Registration is not required.

Private Swim Lessons

 Did you know the YMCA offers Private Swim Lessons? Registration is required. Please contact the Aquatics Supervisor to arrange times by calling 705-497-9622 ext. 228 or email brandon.fenton@ymcaneo.ca.

Private Lessons

(1 child)

Member

Fee

Non-Member

Fee

1×30 minute lesson

$25

$40

5×30 minute lessons

$125

$200

10×30 minute lessons

$250

$400

 

Semi-Private Lesson

(2 children)

Member Fee

(per child)

Non-Member Fee

(per child)

1×30 minute lesson

$15

$30

5×30 minute lessons

$75

$150

10×30 minute lessons

$150

$300

 

Family Lesson Package

(2 adults 2 children)

Member

Fee *

Non-Member

Fee *

1×30 minute lesson

$45

$85

5×30 minute lessons

$225

$425

10×30 minute lessons

$450

$850

* $12 per additional child per lesson