Youth Aquatics

introducing our new youth instructional swim program launching september 5!

 Nationally, The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Ridgewood YMCA teaches more than 500 children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.

We have recently revamped our swim lesson curriculum into three general categories taught by our certified instructors. Class sizes are limited in number to ensure safety and optimal instruction.  New class sessions begin September 5.

Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
Swim Basics 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 introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). 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.
The lessons are truly progressive swim lessons and build on each prior lesson.

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

CLICK HERE FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW

FAQ's
Why is the current program changing?
YMCA swim lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve. This latest evolution accomodates students of various abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmer's progress through the levels. The results are more confident swimmers who develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime

When is the new program launching?
The new program launches with our Fall 2017 Session.  Classes begin September 5.

My children are enrolled in swim lessons now. Will the difference be noticeable?
The new swim program will have the same class length, age categories and class ratios.  Advanced swimmers will transition more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace.

How will I know where to place my child?
Our aquatics department will be evaluating current participants in the Summer session going on now.  A Lesson Selector tool will be available on our website and distributed to parents.

Where can I go to find out more?
We are planning to hold two Information Sessions for parents in August.  The dates will be posted shortly and emails will be sent to all registered members taking swim lessons.

 

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.

 

Wednesday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday11:30am-12:00pm 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. 

 

Monday11:00-11:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register
Saturday11:00-11:30am 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.  

Tuesday5:30-6:00pm Register
Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register
Saturday11:00-11:30am 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. 

Tuesday5:00-5:30pm Register
Wednesday10:00-10:30am Register
Thursday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday4:00-4:30pm Register
Thursday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register
Saturday11:00am-11:30am Register
Saturday11:30am-12:00pm 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.

Tuesday5:00-5:30pm Register
Tuesday5:30-6:00pm Register
Thursday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday4:00-4:30pm Register
Thursday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am Register
Saturday10:30-11:00am Register
Saturday11:30am-12:00pm 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.

Tuesday5:30-6:00pm Register
Thursday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday4:30-5:00pm Register
Saturday10:00-10:30am 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.

Tuesday4:30-5:00pm Register
Thursday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday5:00-5:30pm Register
Saturday11:00-11:30am Register
Saturday

12:00-12:30pm

 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.

Tuesday4:30-5:00pm Register
Thursday4:00-5:00pm Register
Thursday5:00-5:30pm Register
Saturday11:30am-12:00pm Register
Saturday12:00-12:30pm 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.

Tuesday4:30-5:00pm Register
Tuesday5:00-5:30pm Register
Thursday5:00-5:30pm Register
Thursday5:30-6:00pm Register
Saturday9:30-10:00am Register
Saturday12:00-12:30pm 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
Saturday9:00-9:30am 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.

Tuesday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday6:00-6:30pm Register
Saturday9:00-9:30am Register
Saturday1:00-1:30pm 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.

Tuesday3:30-4:00pm Register
Thursday6:00-6:30pm Register
Saturday9:00-9:30am Register
Saturday1:00-1:30pm 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.T

Tuesday6:00-6:30pm Register
Thursday6:00-6:30pm Register
Saturday9:00-9:30am 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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