Youth Swim Classes

(Ages 6-12)

The YMCA helps youth develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling responsibility and safety instruction. See below for current program offerings!

Class Descriptions:

Polliwog Beginner (6 to 12 years): For the beginner swimmer who cannot yet swim independantly on their front and back with 2 or fewer bubbles for 1/2 the length of the pool.  Children will work on rhythmic breathing, paddling and floating.

Polliwog Advanced (6 to 12 years): For children who can swim with 2 bubbles on less, but who cannot yet swim one length of the pool non-stop without flotation.  Children will work on endurance floating and be introduced to the front crawl, backstroke and sidestroke.

Guppy (6 to 12  years): For children who can swim one length of the pool in a horizontal position on their front, back and side without flotation or support.  Children must also be comfortable with rhythmic breathing. The children continue to practice and build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a flotation device.  They are introduced to lead-up strokes to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.  More synchronized swimming and wetball skills are taught, as well as some diving skills.

Minnow (6 to 12 years): Children need to be able to swim one length of the pool each front crawl with rotary breathing, backstroke, rudimentary elementary backstroke and sidestroke.  Children will be introduced breaststroke. Children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming.  They learn still more synchronized swimming, wetball, and diving skills.

Fish (6 to 12 years): Children must be able to swim 50 yard non-stop using front crawl and backstroke and 25 yards non-stop using sidestroke, elementary backstroke and rudimentary breaststroke.  They will work to refine those strokes and be introduced to butterfly and flip turns. At this point, students work to perform the front crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl stroke, and sidestroke, with turns.  They are introduced to the butterfly stroke.  They continue learning additional synchronized swimming movements, wetball skills, and diving skills, and are introduced to the use of mask and fins.

Flying Fish (6 to 12 years): Children must be able to swim 75 yards front crawl and back crawl proficiently, swim 50 yards using sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke and swim 25 yards rudimentary butterfly.  Children will work on endurance and refining their strokes. At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their endurance.  They also are introduced to the use of a snorkel.

Shark (6 to 12 years): Children must be able to swim 100 yards front crawl with bi-lateral breathing and backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke and swim 50 yards butterfly.  They will be introduced to the inverted breaststroke, trudgen crawl and over arm sidestroke and continue to refine all previous skills. The students at this level continue to improve their strokes, with starts and turns, and are introduced to the inverted breaststroke, the crawl, and the overarm sidestroke.

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Burbank YMCA(137 Items)
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02400/56 "Polliwog Beg. - Sa, 11:55 AM Saturday May 10, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
02403/56 "Minnow - Sa, 11:55 AM" Saturday May 10, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
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02401/56 "Polliwog Adv. - Sa, 09:20 AM Saturday May 10, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014 09:20 AM - 10:35 AM Signup
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02405/3 Flying Fish - Mo, 06:40 PM" Monday May 5, 2014 - Jun 16, 2014 06:40 PM - 07:25 PM Signup
02404/3 Fish - Mo, 6:40pm Monday May 5, 2014 - Jun 16, 2014 06:40 PM - 07:25 PM Details
02400/3 Polliwog Beg. - Mo, 05:50 PM Monday May 5, 2014 - Jun 16, 2014 05:50 PM - 06:35 PM Details
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02401/71 "Polliwog Adv. - Sa, 12:10 PM Saturday May 10, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
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