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 country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909), and 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.
There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:
- Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
- Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
- Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). 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.
Help Keep Your Children Safe
Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.
Safety Around Water
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.
What Is Safety Around Water?
Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 40 minutes each, the risk of drowning is reduced, giving your child confidence in and around water.
A typical session includes:
- Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
- Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
- Specific safety topics, like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
- Fun activities that reinforce skills
Not sure which class is best? Find the right class with our swim lesson selector questions!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Aquatic Director Justin Merkovsky
(203) 729-9622 X 3009
284 Church St. Naugatuck, CT 06770