Youth Aquatics

YOUTH INSTRUCTIONAL SWIM PROGRAM
Registration for Winter 2019 opens December 10
Winter 2019: January 7 - March 3

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 redesigned our swim lesson curriculum into three general categories(listed below) and taught by our certified instructors. Class sizes are limited in number to ensure safety and optimal instruction.  

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  • 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 Aquaticshow 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 button. 

Please click on these tools to help you determine which swim category is appropriate for your child.  You can also email our Assistant Aquatics Director, Kyle Gill at kgill@ridgewoodymca.org for assistance.

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 Program Overview

 Lesson Selector

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids Brochure


SWIM STARTERS (6 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS)

This National YMCA program focuses on water discovery and exploration for infants and toddlers. 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.

Each class is 30 minutes.

(A) WATER DISCOVERY (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.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Saturday 8:00-8:30am REGISTER
Saturday 9:00-9:30am REGISTER
Sunday 1:30-2:00pm REGISTER

 

(B) WATER EXPLORATION (18-36 MONTHS)

Children start moving more independently through the water with decreasing assistance from parents. This class focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Tuesday 10:30-11:00am REGISTER
Saturday 8:30-9:00am REGISTER
Saturday 9:30-10:00am REGISTER

SWIM BASICS (3-6 YEARS)

This National YMCA program helps children improve their swimming skills from beginner to advanced levels. 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.

 

(C) WATER ACCLIMATION (3-6 YEARS)

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. 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. The second benchmark skill is jump, push, turn, grab. 

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Thursday 3:30-4:00pm REGISTER
Saturday 8:00-8:30am REGISTER
Saturday 9:30-10:00am REGISTER
Saturday 11:30am-12:00pm REGISTER
Sunday 12:00-12:30pm REGISTER


 

(D) WATER MOVEMENT (3-6 YEARS)

This level encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 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. The second benchmark skill is jump, push, turn, grab.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Monday  4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Tuesday  3:30-4:00pm REGISTER
Saturday 8:00-8:30am REGISTER
Saturday 9:30-10:00am REGISTER
Saturday 11:30am-12:00pm REGISTER
Sunday 12:00-12:30pm REGISTER

 

 

(E) WATER STAMINA (3-6 YEARS)

This level develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. 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. The second benchmark skill is jump, push, turn, grab.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Monday 3:30-4:00pm REGISTER
Thursday 3:30-4:00pm REGISTER
Saturday 8:00-8:30am REGISTER
Saturday 9:30-10:00am REGISTER
Saturday 11:30am-12:00pm REGISTER
Sunday 12:00-12:30pm REGISTER

 

 


YOUTH SWIM BASICS (6-14 YEARS)

This National YMCA program helps children improve their swimming skills from beginner to advanced levels. 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. Second benchmark skill set: jump, push, turn and grab.

 

(C) WATER Acclimation (6-14 YEARS)

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Tuesday  4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Thursday 4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Saturday 10:00-10:30am REGISTER
Saturday 12:00-12:30pm REGISTER


(D) WATER Movement (6-14 YEARS)

Encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Tuesday 4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Thursday 4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Saturday  8:30-9:00am REGISTER
Saturday 10:00-10:30am REGISTER
Saturday 12:00-12:30pm REGISTER
Sunday 12:30-1:00pm REGISTER

 

(e) WATER stamina (6-14 YEARS)

This level develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Monday  4:30-5:00pm REGISTER
Tuesday  4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Thursday 4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Saturday 8:30am-9:00am REGISTER
Saturday 10:00am-10:30am REGISTER
Saturday 12:00-12:30pm REGISTER
Sunday 12:30-1:00pm REGISTER

 

 


SWIM STROKES (6-14 YEARS)

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.

 

STROKE INTRODUCTION (6-14 YEARS)

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.     

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Monday  4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Tuesday 3:30-4:00pm REGISTER
Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm REGISTER
Thursday 4:30-5:00pm REGISTER
Saturday 9:00-9:30am REGISTER
Saturday  10:00-10:30am REGISTER
Saturday  12:30-1:00pm REGISTER
Sunday 1:00-1:30pm REGISTER
Sunday 2:30-3:00pm REGISTER

 

STROKE DEVELOPMENT (6-14 YEARS)

Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Monday  4:30-5:00pm REGISTER
Tuesday  3:30-4:00pm REGISTER
Thursday 4:30-5:00pm REGISTER
Saturday 9:00-9:30am REGISTER
Saturday 10:30-11:00am REGISTER
Saturday 12:30-1:00pm REGISTER
Sunday 1:00-1:30pm REGISTER
Sunday 2:30-3:00pm REGISTER

 

STROKE MECHANICS (6-14 YEARS)

Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Class fees:         Triangle/BFC Members $148           Program/Swim Members $198

Day Hour Register
Monday  4:00-4:30pm REGISTER
Tuesday 3:30-4:00pm REGISTER
Tuesday  8:30-9:00pm REGISTER
Thursday 4:30-5:00pm REGISTER
Saturday 9:00-9:30am REGISTER
Saturday 10:30-11:00am REGISTER
Saturday 12:30-1:00pm REGISTER
Sunday 1:00-1:30pm REGISTER
Sunday 2:30-3:00pm REGISTER

 


SPECIALTY SWIM CLASSES

 

SWIM SKILLS & DRILLS (AGES 9-12)

Ages 9-12
Skills and Drills is a a structured program for advanced swimmers not participating on a competitive swim team. Swimmers improve their strokes, turns and endurance. See our swim skills & drills webpage for further details.

 

New* Proud local partner with the USA Swimming Foundation’s
Make a Splash initiative!

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 5 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 850 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.

 

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 launched with our Fall 2017 Session and continues with our 2018 sessions.  

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.

Where can I go to find out more?
Please contact Kyle Gill, Associate Aquatics Director, kgill@ridgewoodymca.org or call 201.444.5600 ext. 304

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