Bloomington-Normal YMCA

Learn To Swim

give kids the opportunity to learn to swim

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.

The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909). Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills. As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools. Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities. In addition to water safety and swim lessons, the Y is a leader in competitive swim, and has been for more than 100 years when the first national YMCA swimming records were filed in 1907.

 
 

 

 
 
 

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click here to view our learn to swim progression chart and discover the skills needed to move to the next level!​

Level descriptions

Parent Child Lessons

Parent child lessons are offered for children ages 6 months to 3 years. These lessons focus on acclimating your child to the water and pool
environment. During these lessons parents are taught how to teach their children basic water movements through songs and age appropriate water movement games.

Exploration Lessons

Exploration lessons are offered for beginner students ages 3-5 that are not yet comfortable in or around the water. This level focuses on acquiring beginner skills such as breath-holding, kicking, and comfortable submersions before joining our traditional group lessons. To graduate to the next level the participant must show confidence and comfortability in the water.

Preschool/Youth Level 1- Preschool Classes are for 3-5 years and Youth Lessons are for 6-12 years

Level 1 is appropriate for swimmers that are comfortable in and around water. In this level the participants are taught how to become more independent in the pool by floating on both their stomachs and backs. To graduate to the next level participants must show the ability to float.

Preschool/Youth Level 2- Preschool Classes are for 3-5 years and Youth Lessons are for 6-12 years

Level 2 is appropriate for swimmers that are able to show floating skills. Participants are taught basic kicking and arm movements and are introduced to basic swimming skills. To graduate to the next level participants must show sufficient kicking and arm movement for 10 feet.

Preschool/Youth Level 3- Preschool Classes are for 3-5 years and Youth Lessons are for 6-12 years

Level 3 is appropriate for swimmers that are able to show good kicking and arm movement. Participants will learn how to add rotational breathing to their swimming while improving freestyle and backstroke technique. To graduate to the next level participants must successfully show effective technique on backstroke and freestyle, and sufficient rotational breathing.

Preschool/Youth Level 4- Preschool Classes are for 3-5 years and Youth Lessons are for 6-12 years

Level 4 is appropriate for swimmers that are able to show effective freestyle and backstroke swimming techniques. In this level participants
will be working toward building stamina and improving each stroke. If enough time during session, breaststroke will also be taught. To graduate to Stroke and Technique the participant needs to be able to swim 25 yards of each stroke with sufficient rotational breathing.

Stroke and Technique Lessons

Stroke and Technique lessons are appropriate for swimmers ages 5 - 12 that are able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards each. This level improves breaststroke, butterfly and stamina.

Adult Lessons

Adult Lessons are appropriate for non-swimmers and beginners ages 13+. These lessons teach floating, body position and kicking that will allow the participant to become more confident in and around water.

Private Lessons

Private swim lessons are one-on-one lessons with a trained swim instructor. These lessons are catered to the participant’s needs and abilities.

Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-Private lessons are two-on-one lessons with a trained swim instructor. These lessons are catered to the participant’s needs and
abilities.

Not sure what level to register for?  Contact the Director of Aquatics, Keegan O'Reilly, to set up a new swimmer evaluation to ensure that they are placed in a level that would allow them to experience the most success.  The evaluation takes about 10 minutes and they are conducted at the Bloomington-Normal YMCA.

 
 

HOW TO REGISTER:
Registration can be done online or in person at the YMCA located at 602 S. Main St, Bloomington IL, 61701.  Be sure to provide an updated e-mail address when registering as this is the primary form of communication used throughout each session.

Registration In Person:

  1. Inform the front desk that you’d like to register for swim lessons.  Be sure to clarify the session, level, and day/ time of the lesson(s) you wish to register for.  Submit a form of payment (cash, check, credit card) to complete the registration process.  Be sure to request either a hard copy or an emailed copy of your receipt.

PROGRAM CONTACT

For more questions,concerns, or more information, please contact our Interim Aquatics Director, Amanda Green; amandag@bnymca.org 

 

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