Youth Lessons

Swimming Basics

This program offers children their first experience in the pool with instructional assistance. Students will learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim and jump, push turn grab. A swim instructor teaches the 30 or 40 minute class. The preschool program includes children ranging from ages 3 to 5 years old. The school age program includes children ranging from 5 to 12 years old. The class will meet once a week for 7 weeks. Pre-registration is required.

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30 minutes
3 and up

Private Lessons
Members Only

Private lessons consist of 6 classes that are 30 minutes in length. It is for individuals who need different times from the regular group swim lesson schedule or who prefer one on one lessons with an instructor. Private lessons can be available up to 2 swimmers at a time.

30 minutes
6 mos – 18 mos w/parent

Water Discovery

This Parent-Child class introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through games, songs, and independent work. Milestones include encouraging parents to set appropriate expectations for their children, introducing and emphasizing basic water safety, building relationships between parents and children, and providing a positive family aquatic experience. On-going water experiences build self-confidence, water enjoyment, and aquatic education.

*No classes currently scheduled

30 minutes
19 mos – 3 years w/parent

Water Exploration

The Parent-Child classes helps promote water enrichment and aquatic readiness activities for children and their parent or other trusted adult. This class focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Milestones include encouraging children to move purposefully through water in response to verbal and visual cues, and using toys and flotation devices, emphasizing basic aquatic safety to parents, and building relationships between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water.

*No classes currently scheduled

30 minutes
3–5 years

Pre-School Water Acclimation

In this first stage, water comfort increases with underwater exploration and basic self-rescue skills are introduced and performed with assistance. Milestones include exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help, and learning basic aquatic safety.

*No classes currently scheduled

30 minutes
3-5 years

Pre-School Water Movement

The second stage encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Prerequisites include being comfortable in the water and able to fully submerge, with the face underwater. Milestones include exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help, learning basic aquatic safety, and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices. By the end of this level, children should be able to swim unassisted for short distances.

*No classes currently scheduled

30 minutes
3-5 years

Pre-School Water Stamina

The third stage develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than the previous stages. Prerequisites include being able to swim and float completely unassisted as well as able to swim short distances without assistance. Milestones include integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides, developing forward movement on the front and back, and practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water.

*No classes currently scheduled

40 minutes
5-12 years

School Age Water Acclimation

In this first stage, water comfort increases with underwater exploration and basic self-rescue skills are introduced and performed with assistance. Milestones include exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help, and learning basic aquatic safety.

*No classes currently scheduled

40 minutes
5-12 years

School Age Water Movement

The second stage encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Prerequisites include being comfortable in the water and able to fully submerge, with the face underwater. Milestones include exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help, learning basic aquatic safety, and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices. By the end of this level, children should be able to swim unassisted for short distances.

*No classes currently scheduled

40 minutes
5-12 years

School Age Water Stamina

The third stage develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than the previous stages. Prerequisites include being able to swim and float completely unassisted as well as able to swim short distances without assistance. Milestones include integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides, developing forward movement on the front and back, and practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water.

*No classes currently scheduled

Swim Strokes

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. Each skill level builds the preceding level, with each level covering the strokes, diving fundamentals, and safety skills. These classes are 40 minutes in length and meet once a week for 7 weeks. Pre-registration is required.

40 minutes
5-12 years

Stroke Introduction

The fourth stage introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Prerequisites include being able to swim 15 meters on the front and back without assistance. Milestones include developing the front crawl and back crawl, introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly, and practicing safety techniques in deep water.

*No classes currently scheduled

40 minutes
5-12 years

Stroke Development

The fifth stage introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Prerequisites include able to swim front crawl with rotary breathing and back crawl proficiently and knowledge of the fundamentals for breaststroke and butterfly. Milestones include developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl, developing the breaststroke and butterfly and building endurance techniques for deep-water safety.

*No classes currently scheduled

40 minutes
5-12 years

Stroke Mechanics

The sixth stage refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Developing endurance.
  • Developing skills related to competitive swimming.
  • Building skills and endurance in the deep water.

*No classes currently scheduled

Water Finess Schedule

A.L. Hanford Pool

At this time lap lanes at the A.L. Hanford Pool must be reserved in advance. You may reserve online or in person at the YMCA. Families may reserve a lane under Family Swim to swim with their children.

Lap Lane and Family Swim Sign Up

Rent the Y at the VA pool for your next party. Space is available to set up your refreshments and gift opening. Certified lifeguard on duty at all times.  *The VA Pool is currently under construction

Download the Facility Rental Agreement.

Download the VA Pool Schedule. For more information contact 717-273-2691.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

includes CPR, 1st aid, and Lifeguard certification. 15 and up. Must swim 12 lengths of the pool, tread water, and timed deep water object retrieval. For more information contact 717-376-1387.

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