Are you thinking about enrolling in swimming lessons? If so, you have come to the right place. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Y teaches more than a million people invaluable water safety and swimming skills.
Our Red Cross Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety. We have compiled together a list of reasons why you should enroll in swimming lessons at the Y today.
1. Swimming is something you can do at any age.
This activity is something that lasts a lifetime and you can always improve it. Expose your child to swimming now and they will have a recreational, aerobic activity that they can continue to enjoy throughout the rest of their lives.
2. Be safe, since 71% of the world is water.
With those statistics, drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. Swimming lessons teach important safety skills to prevent drowning, which is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death among youth.
3. Going to the beach or sending your child to summer camp?
Signing yourself or your kids up for swimming lessons will help improve confidence around the water year-round.
4. Swimming is good exercise.
Swimming is a fun and challenging way to help children and adults stay fit!
5. Swimming helps kids do better in school.
Swimming has been scientifically linked to better academic performance. Studies have found that children who swim during their developmental years achieve several physical and mental milestones faster than their non-swimming counterparts.
6. Swim lessons can help improve self-confidence.
Humans love mastering a new skill and take great pride in their achievements. Success always boosts self-confidence and makes us eager to take on further challenges.
7. Swim lessons can lead to other new adventures.
Swim lessons at any age can lead to the confidence one needs to try new activities. Whether you personally want to try something new like a new group exercise class or want to get your child involved in new adventures, swim lessons can be a great starting point.
Lesson days and times listed in the session brochure are subject to change. Please click through to the registration site to see available lessons. Questions? Call your Member Service Desk.
CHIPPEWA FALLS BRANCH:
WINTER 2 SESSION DATES: February 19-April 8
Registration: Members: January 23 | Non-Members: January 26
SPRING SESSION DATES: April 10-May 27 (No Lessons - Sunday, April 9)
Registration: Members: March 20 | Non-Members: March 27
EAU CLAIRE BRANCH:
WINTER SESSION DATES: January 29-March 18
SPRING SESSION DATES: March 26-May 15 (No Lessons - Sunday, April 9)
Registration: Members: February 20 | Non-Members: February 27
Your swimmer will need to have their photo taken for their YMCA account before the first day of swim lessons for security purposes and in the case of a substitute swim instructor. Please stop by the Member Service Desk to have their photo taken today.
Parent & Child Swim Lessons
Builds basic water skills for both parents and children, helping infants and young children ages 6 months to about 3 years become comfortable in the water, so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water, and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water.
Preschool Swim Lessons
For ages 3-5 years
Gives young children about ages 3 – 5 years a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival, and foundational swimming concepts. Skills are age-appropriate, helping participants achieve success on a regular basis while in a class environment with their peers.
Learn To Swim | School Age Lessons
For ages 6-13 years
Based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers about 6 – 13 years of age develop their water safety, survival and swimming skills. It is designed to give participants a positive learning experience.
Private Swim Lessons
PRIVATE LESSONS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD
Private lessons are 1:1 ratio with an experienced Swim Instructor within a 30-minute lesson. Semi-Private lessons are 3:1 ratio with an experienced Swim Instructor for 30 minutes. Lessons are available for all levels, ages 3 to adult, and are arranged to fit your schedule based on pool availability. Participants work on swimming skills appropriate for their ability and in accordance with their individual goals.
**Only purchase lessons once you have an instructor assigned to your lesson.**