The Salina Family YMCA strives to create a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for children to develop as swimmers. In addition to teaching swimming skills, our instructors are passionate about creating a positive atmosphere that encourages our students to be courteous, respectful, responsible, and confident individuals and athletes.
Swimming is great exercise, a challenging sport, effective therapy, a valuable life skill, and just plain fun. There’s nowhere better to learn than the Y, where we’ve been helping all ages to swim for more than 100 years. Our classes are about more than just teaching techniques, they’re about building confidence and nurturing potential, progressing with your needs and abilities, from introductory to competitive.
All age groups are taught the same skills but divided according to their developmental milestones.
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.
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.
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 day / wk - 30 min. class
4 lessons/session - $30 members/$60 nonmembers
Session dates will correspond with those for listed sessions. Arrangements for times can be made through the Aquatics Coordinator.
Fee is $30 (for members) OR $60 (for non-members) per 30 minute class.
The Y is a volunteer-led, community-owned, 501c3 nonprofit organization, and any income is reinvested to meet local needs.