The Y: We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.


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

Youth Swim Basics, Stage 2 / Water Movement

Youth Swim Basics, Stage 3 / Water Stamina

Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 4 / Stroke Introduction

Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 5 / Stroke Development

Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 6 / Stroke Mechanic