Whether taking lessons or enjoying open or family swim, your kids stay fit, healthy and strong when they spend time in the water. Swimming also helps them gain confidence and improves coordination while they have a great time.
Here are some of the ways your kids can enjoy swimming at our Y:
North Penn YMCA is aligning our swim lessons with the new National YMCA swim lesson guidelines to better serve our communities. Please note the new names and outcomes for our Parent/Child lessons. New classes will be introduced throughout the year with new descriptions and age ranges.
SWIM STARTERS | 6 MTHS-3 YRS | STAGES A-B
PARENT & CHILD LESSONS
(formerly Parent/Child Aquatics Program)
Outcomes – 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.
WATER DISCOVERY | STAGE A
(formerly Shrimp/Kippers) This class introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
WATER EXPLORATION | STAGE B
(formerly Inia/Perch) This class focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
SWIM BASICS | 3-5 YRS | STAGES 1-4 | 5 WK SESSIONS
(formerly Pre-School Lessons)
Outcomes – 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.
WATER ACCLIMCATION (WA1)
(formerly Pike) Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
WATER MOVEMENT 2 (WM2)
(formerly Eel) Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
WATER STAMINA 3 (WS3)
(formerly Ray) Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
STROKE INTRODUCTION 4 (SI4)
(formerly Starfish) Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
SWIM STROKES | 5-12 YRS | TWO, 5 WK SESSIONS
(formerly Youth Progressive Swim Lessons)
WATER ACCLIMATION (WAA)
(formerly Polliwog) Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
WATER MOVEMENT (WMB)
(formerly Guppy) Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
WATER STAMINA (WSC)
(formerly Minnow) Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
STROKE INTRODUCTION (SID)
(formerly Fish) Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
STROKE DEVELOPMENT (SDE)
(formerly Flying Fish) Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
STROKE MECHANICS (SMF)
(formerly Shark) Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Group lessons are available for beginners, mid-levels, and children with mild physical and mental disabilities. Ages range from 6 months to 12 years.
Private/Semi Private Lessons
Private or semi private swim lessons are available by the 1/2 hr. Private lessons are for age 4 & up. Ages 4 and under need the approval of the aquatic director.
Our swim team gives children of all athletic abilities the opportunity to build self-esteem and healthy bodies with wholesome fun of a rewarding team sport. The team competes in the Penn-Del Swim league, an association of the YMCA teams in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Gators swim team is open to children ages 5-19 and runs at our Lansdale Area Family YMCA. Learn more about the North Penn Gators Swim Team.