Youth Aquatics

Have fun, learn new skills and build confidence that lasts a lifetime!

Here at the Y, our aquatics staff is dedicated to offering exciting, safe and confidence building classes for children and teens age 6 months – 18 years. When your child participates in one of our swimming programs, he or she will learn to be safe and feel that sense of accomplishment that comes with mastering a new skill.

We employ only the best staff, all of whom exhibit our values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—and who are passionate about teaching children the life skill of swimming.

If your child is new to the Ridgewood Y Aquatics program or for information about private swim lessons, please contact Aquatics Director, Michael Stacy x304 or Associate Aquatics Director, Brian Koch x360.

To register for a class, please click the Register For Classes link on upper right corner of this page.


Parent/Child Swim         6 months to 3 years

This National YMCA program focuses on water acclimation and emphasizes fun activities. Parents and children bond with songs and rhymes that help children feel comfortable in the water.

 
Shrimp
6-18 Months

This is an introduction to the aquatic environment for young children. Songs and games are used to help the children adjust to the water, blow bubbles, learn water safety, and begin to work on basic swimming skills such as floating and kicking. As children become more comfortable in the water, they can begin more independent exploration of the aquatic environment with help from parents.

 

Monday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday9:00-9:30am Register
Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
    
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

Perch    18-36 moNTHS
Children start moving more independently through the water with decreasing assistance from parents. This class is designed to help children transition into a more formalized class structure once the they reach the age of three. 

 

Tuesday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register
    
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 

Preschool Swim Lessons     3-6 yEARS

This National YMCA program helps children improve their swimming skills from beginner to advanced levels. Children learn to be water-safe while incorporating the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


Pike With Parent    3-4 yEARS

The Pike With Parent class is for children who are having trouble separating from their parents in the water. This is a transition class which allows parents in the water for the first few weeks to help their children learn to hold on to the wall, wait their turns and to become comfortable with the instructor. Instructor will teach Pike skills as per below.  

Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145
 

 

Pike        3-5 yEARS

Designed for the beginner who has little to no water experience. Emphasis is on basic swimming skills  and getting the children comfortable in the water, teaching them to get their faces wet, how to blow bubbles and the fundamentals of paddling and kicking. 

Monday4:00-4:30am Register
Tuesday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday4:00-4:30pm Register
Friday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday9:00-9:30am Register
Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 

Eel    4-6 YEARS

The Eel swim level is for children ages who are swimming unassisted horizontally for about 5 feet. They will work on swimming with the proper arm stroke and kick, rhythmic breathing, floating, treading and jumping into the water and swimming back to the wall unassisted. The goal of this level is for the child to be able to swim about 20 feet with proper arm stroke and kick before moving to the Ray level.

Monday4:00-4:30pm Register
Tuesday10:30-11:00am Register
Tuesday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday3:30-4:00pm Register
Saturday9:00-9:30am Register
Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register

Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145


Ray      4-6 yEARS

The Ray level is for children who are swimming with proper arm stroke and kick for about 20 feet. They will work on swimming with rotary breathing, back float, treading water, elementary backstroke and diving. The goal of this level is for the child to be able to swim across the pool with good rotary breathing and float on his/her back independently and have a rudimentary knowledge of the elementary backstroke before moving to the Sunfish 1 level.

Monday10:30-11:00am Register
Monday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday3:30-4:00pm Register
Friday4:00-4:30pm Register
Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register

Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 

Sunfish 1

The Sunfish 1 level is for children who are swimming across the pool with good rotary breathing (front crawl) and kicking on their back across the pool independently. They will work on refining the front crawl, elementary backstroke and treading, increasing endurance and learning the backstroke and standing front dives. The goal of this level is for the child to be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl, backstroke and elementary backstroke in good form before moving to the Sunfish 2 level.        

Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145


      

Youth Swim Lessons         6-12 yEARS

This National YMCA program helps children improve their swimming skills from beginner to advanced levels. Children learn to be water-safe while incorporating the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
 

Polliwog    6-12 yEARS

The Polliwog level is for children ages 6 and up who are beginner swimmers. The class offers a gradual introduction to basic swim skills, including floating, rhythmic breathing, front and back glides and swimming with proper arm stroke and kick.

Monday3:30-4:00pm Register
Tuesday7:30-8:00pm Register
Thursday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday8:00-8:30am Register
Saturday8:30-9:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 

GuppY    6-12 yEARS

Swimmer will work on stroke, and breathing technique for freestyle as well as stroke techniques for elementary and basic backstroke.  Introduction to treading and diving. 

Prerequisite:  Completion of Polliwog level or ability to swim 20 feet with proper arm and kick unassisted.

Monday3:30-4:00pm Register
Tuesday7:30-8:00pm Register
Wednesday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday4:30-5:00pm Register
Friday3:30-4:00pm Register
Saturday8:30-9:00am Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 


Minnow    6-12 yEARS

Swimmer will improve freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke technique while increasing endurance of the strokes.  Advance diving and treading practicies.  The goal of this level is for the swimmer to swim one length of the pool uninterrupted.  

Prerequisite:  Guppy level or ability to swim the width of pool with knowledge of proper technique for freestyle and backstrokes.

Monday4:30-5:00pm Register
Tuesday8:00-8:30pm Register
Wednesday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday4:30-5:00pm Register
Friday3:30-4:00pm Register
Saturday8:00-8:30am Register
Saturday (width of pool)8:30-9:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 

Fish    6-12 yEARS

Increase freestyle, and backstroke endurance to 50 yards or more.  Introduction to breast stroke.
Prerequisite: Minnow level or ability to swim both freestyle and backstrokes the length of the pool in good form.  

Monday5:00-5:30pm Register
Tuesday4:00-4:30pm Register
Wednesday4:30-5:00pm Register
Friday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday8:00-8:30am Register
Saturday8:30-9:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 

Flying Fish    6-12 yEARS

Improve endurance for both freestyle and backstroke while improving technique.  Advance breast stroke skill and endurance.  Introduction of the dolphin kick.  The goal of this level is for the child to swim 100 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and 50 yards of breast stroke in good form before advancing to the Shark level.

Monday5:00-5:30pm Register
Tuesday4:00-4:30pm Register
Wednesday4:30-5:00pm Register
Friday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday8:00-8:30am Register
Saturday8:30-9:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

Shark                                       6-12 yEARS

The swimmer will enhance ability in freestyle, backstroke, and breast stroke.  Swimmer will be introduced to butterfly, sidestroke, and flip turns.  The goal of this level is for the child to swim 150 yards of freestyle and backstroke, 100 yards breast stroke, and 25 yards butterfly and sidestroke.

Prerequisite: Flying fish or content ability.

Monday5:00-5:30pm Register
Tuesday4:00-4:30pm Register
Tuesday8:00-8:30pm Register
Wednesday4:30-5:00pm Register
Thursday8:00-8:30pm Register
Friday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday8:00-8:30am Register
Saturday8:30-9:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145

 

Porpoise                               11-14 yEARS

The swimmer will work on refining techniques of all strokes, flip turns, and increase endurance capability. Competitive swim type skills will be introduced.  Prerequisites: Shark level or content ability.

Monday4:30-5:00pm Register
Tuesday8:30-9:00pm Register
Wednesday4:00-4:30pm Register
Thursday4:00-4:30pm Register
Thursday8:30-9:00pm Register
Saturday8:00-8:30am Register
Saturday8:30-9:00am Register
Fees:Triangle $111  Program/Swim $145
 
SPECIALTY SWIM CLASSES             

Starfish
 
Ages 8-14

Ages 8-14
Starfish is a a structured program for advanced swimmers not participating on a competitive swim team. Swimmers improve their strokes, turns and endurance.

See our Starfish webpage for further details.

 

 

 
 
 

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