The Y: We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.
YOUTH SWIM LESSONS
For Ages 5 to 12
This year, the Berkshire Family YMCA launched new lessons to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. There are two categories of for children ages 5 and up, Swim Basics and Swim Strokes.
Swim Basics (Stage 1, 2 and 3) 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 (Stage 4, 5, 6) introduces and refines stroke technique. 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.
Youth Swim Basics, Stage 1 / Water Acclimation
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water during stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
Youth Swim Basics, Stage 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.
Youth Swim Basics, Stage 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.
Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 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.
Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 5 / Stroke Development
In stage 5, students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 6 / Stroke Mechanic
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.