Swim Lessons

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Not sure which class is best? Find the right class with our swim lesson selector questions! 

Swim Starters

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety drowning prevention and the importance of supervision. Swim starters are typically age 6 months-3 years.

Can the swimmer respond to verbal cues and jump on land?

YES     or     Not yet, then A/ Water Discovery is for you!

A/ Water Discovery

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

Is the swimmer comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water?

YES      or      Not yet, then B/ Water Exploration is for you!

B/ Water Exploration

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Swim Basics

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim – sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

Swim basics are offered for Preschool Ages 3 years-5 years & School Age 5 years-12 years.

Will the swimmer go underwater voluntarily?

YES      or      Not yet, then 1/ Water Acclimation is for you!

1/ Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for student’s future progress in swimming.

Can the swimmer do a front and back float on their own?

YES      or      Not yet, then 2/ Water Movement is for you!

2/ Water Movement

Students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Can the swimmer swim 10-15 yard on his or her front and back?

YES      or      Not yet, then 3/ Water Stamina is for you!

3/ Water Stamina

Students learn how to swim to safely from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

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. Swim strokes classes are offered for School Age 5 years-12 years & Teen/Adult 12+.

Can the swimmer swim 25 yards of front and back crawl?

YES      or      Not yet, then 4/ Stroke Introduction is for you!

4/ Stroke Introduction

Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the backstroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Can the swimmer swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool?

YES      or      Not yet, then 5/ Stroke Development is for you!

5/ Stroke Development

Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

Can the swimmer swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?

YES      or      Not yet, then 6/ Stroke Mechanics is for you!

6/ Stroke Mechanics

Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and discover hoe to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Learn more about Private or Semi-Private lessons where swimmers can learn in a reduced distraction setting, hone skills or prepare for competition.

Naugatuck Y Swim Lesson Contact Information

Youth Development & Healthy Living Director Ian Gatavaski

Head Lifeguard Ariana Salvatore

(203) 729-9622 X 14

284 Church St. Naugatuck, CT 06770


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