Aquatics

Director of Aquatics: Keith Shepard

As in all YMCA programs, the goal for the YMCA aquatic program is to develop the whole person, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Teaching methods are designed to help each participant develop his/her fullest potential, to encourage awareness of safety, and to master skills to the best of their ability. YMCA aquatic programs, offered at the YMCA, are not only beneficial in developing a healthy lifestyle, but are also an excellent place for youths and adults alike to make new friends, and most importantly, to have fun!

AQUATIC PROGRAMS

For all group lessons, there will be a minimum requirement in order for the class to run. You will be informed of cancellation prior to the start of class.

ADULT SWIM LESSONS (AGES 13 AND UP)

 Adult swim lessons are for those individuals who wish to learn to swim or those who want to improve their technique. Classes have a low student-to-instructor ratio, which allows for personal instruction in each class. Skills emphasized include: basic water acclimation, floating, treading, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, diving, and much more.

GROUP LESSON CLASSES OFFERED:

 PARENT-CHILD: classes are taught as a combined class for ages 6 to 36 months with the parent accompanying the child in the water. Skills are introduced at the child’s development level and build as the child progresses. Basic water skills are taught through fun songs and games. Ratio: 1:6 

 PIKES: classes are taught to ages 3-4 yrs of age who are at a beginner level 1-3. No parents are needed in the water with the swimmer in this class. Ratio for this class is 3:1 

 POLLIWOGS: classes are taught as a combined class at a beginner level 1-3 without the parent accompanying the child in the water. Swim placement is required if you have not taken a YMCA swim lesson in the last year. Ratio 1:4 

 GUPPYS: are taught as a combined at levels 4-5 without the parent accompanying the child in the water. Swim placement is required if you have not taken a YMCA swim lesson in the last year. Ratio 1:5 

 MINNOWS: classes are taught as a combined class at levels 5-6 without the parent accompanying the child in the water. Swim placement is required if you have not taken a YMCA swim lesson in the last year. Ration 1:6 

 

 LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION 

Offered in the spring

The purpose of the YMCA lifeguard program is to present the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a lifeguard. The program is based on sound decision-making, proper use of rescue equipment, knowledge of water safety, and proficiency in rescue skills.

For the training received to be of the most value, lifeguards need facility-specific training and orientation. For the equipment-based lifeguard-training program, each lifeguard must have a rescue tube/buoy whenever on duty.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (infant, child, adult), First Aid, AED (Automated External Defibrillator), and oxygen administration certifications must be completed prior to the certifications. The CPR training must include two-rescuer CPR, modified jaw thrust, and use of pocket and bag-valve mask resuscitator.

The minimum age for course participation is 16.

Those under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate in the course.

Passing the following swim test is essential to receive certification: (a) performing a long, shallow, front dive, then swimming 500 yards, including 100 yards each of sidestroke, front crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke kick with one arm forward, and inverted breaststroke kick with arm on the stomach; (b) treading water using legs only for at least 2 minutes; (c) executing surface dives both head first and feet first in 8 to10 feet of water, and swimming underwater for 15 feet.

CPR 

This class is designed to teach students how to perform CPR on victims of all ages. Students are also taught how and when to use Automated External Defibrillator (AED), how to use of a barrier device during rescue breathing, and how to relieve a foreign body airway obstruction. In addition, the class covers the cardiac Chain of Survival for all ages.

FIRST AID

This class is designed to provide the skills necessary to effectively assess and maintain life during the critical moments immediately following an emergency. Areas covered during the class include: sudden illness, body wounds, burns, and heat and cold related emergencies. CPR is not covered in the class.

 

WATER AEROBICS

Did you know that you can burn up to 300 calories in one session of aquacise? A person is approximately 40% their weight in the water. This is the perfect place to take it easy on your joints!! Your own "liquid Weight Room." The YMCA aquacise classes are a great place to start with any water exercise. This is instructor led. You will work on stretching, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular exercises.

 

Swim Lessons Make Up and Refund Policy: NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. Credits may be given prior to the first day of class. A late/charge fee of $10 will be assessed for registrations after the Saturday before the session begins. Any registration on the day of the session or after the session starts must be approved by the Aquatics Director. Make-ups will only be given if a class is cancelled or rescheduled by the YMCA. Fridays will be reserved as make-up days. There are no individual make-ups.

  

NOT SURE WHAT LEVEL YOUR CHILD FALLS?

USE THE LEVEL GUIDE BELOW TO HELP DETERMINE THE RIGHT CLASS FOR THEM

 

LEVEL 1 (Beginner): Children adjust to the water and develop independent movement. Includes basic stroke and kicking skills, floating, and pool safety. Swim placement required if you have not taken YMCA swim lesson in the last year. Beginner level for those uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Includes basic water skills such as gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

LEVEL 2 (Intermediate Beginner): Swim Placement required if you have not taken a YMCA swim lesson in the last year. For children who are comfortable in the water and able to swim five feet with faces in the water with or without a flotation device. Children are taught to float, kick, and perform progressive arm movements across the pool.

LEVEL 3 (Advanced Beginner): Swim Placement required if you have not taken a YMCA swim lesson in the last year. For children who can swim 15 feet with faces in the water and no flotation device. Reviews and improves stroke skills on front, back and side, builds endurance, teaches treading water skills.

LEVEL 4 (Intermediate): Swim placements required if you have not taken YMCA swim lesson in the last year. For children able to swim 20 feet without a flotation device. Includes swimming on front, back and side and taking a breath while swimming. Reviews and improves stroke skills on front, back and side, builds endurance, teaches treading water skills.

LEVEL 5 (Intermediate-Advanced): Swim Placement required if you have not taken a YMCA swim lesson in the last year. For children able to swim 25 yards on front and back, with or without a flotation device. Teaches front crawl with rotary breathing, backstroke, sidestroke, and beginning breaststroke.

LEVEL 6 (Advanced): Swim Placement required if you have not taken a YMCA swim lesson in the last year. For children able to swim 25 yards front crawl with rotary breathing, back crawl, sidestroke and rudimentary breaststroke. Refines breast stroke, teaches butterfly, open turns and improves other strokes.