Youth Aquatic Programs


Pike/Eel: This level helps children learn water adjustment, develop safe pool behavior and strive towards developing independent movement in the water. Designed for new swimmers, teaching basic strokes, kicking skills, face in water comfort, safety, fun and values.

Ray/Starfish: Swimmers will be encouraged to swim without floatation devices. Skills focused on include front crawl, back float, endurance, safety skills, rescue skills, fun and values. Deeper water will be introduced along with kneel dives and rescues. Preparing for school age swimming lessons.

Who: Children 3 - 5 years old
When: Mondays & Tuesdays
           June 17 - July 9
Time: 5:15-5:45pm
Fee: $40 Members $60 Non-Members
Deadline: June 10th
Class size is limited to 10
(Pike/Eel and Ray/Starfish class times are shared.)

 SCHOOL AGE CLASSES (Age 6 and up)

Polliwog: Beginning level for school age children. This gets children acquainted with the pool, use of floating and floatation devices. Students will learn rhythmic breathing, flutter kick, front and back float/glide and jumping in both the shallow and the deep end. Basic water safety is covered. Children will swim several lengths of pool when completed. (Floatation devices can be used but students are encouraged towards water independence. Comparable to Red Cross Level 2)

Guppy: Children will review and practice upon polliwog skills and must have graduated from using floatation devices. Study and practices of rotary breathing, crawl stroke, and back crawl. They will also learn survival floating, underwater swimming, turning over and changing directions as well as rescue assists. (Comparable to Red Cross Level 3)

Minnow: This is designed for the intermediate swimmer. Must have passed Guppy skills before enrolling. Guppy skills are reviewed and breast stroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke are introduced. (Comparable to Red Cross Level 4)

Fish: Can swim one pool length continuously of proper front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. Will work on building endurance and perfecting the breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. (Comparable to Red Cross Level 5)

Who: Children 5 years old and older
When: Mondays & Tuesdays
           June 17 - July 9
Time: 6:00-6:30pm
Fee: $40 Members $60 Non-Members
Deadline: June 10th
Class size limited to 15 

June AM Swim Lessons

When: June 17 - 27 (M/T/W/TH)
Preschool Age (ages 3-5) - 10:30-11:00am (Max of 10)
School Age (5 years & older) - 9:00-9:30am (Max of 15)
School Age (5 years & older) - 9:45-10:15am (Max of 15)
Fee: Members $40/Non-Members $60


Park & Rec Summer Swim Team

Who: Anyone ages 5-18 years old
When: Practices M/W/F 11:30am-12:30pm (Sunnyside)
                           T/TH 5:00-6:00pm (YMCA)
Cost: $30 1st swimmer/$25 any additional swimmers
Coach: Jess Larsen
Deadline to sign up: June 7th
Parent Meeting: Thursday, May 30th 6pm @ YMCA


Private Swimming Lessons

Are always available are for people of any age. You will get one on one instruction. Private lessons allow the instructor to give their student 100% of her or his attention. Our instructors will evaluate each swimmer and plan lessons according to the participants particular strengths and weaknesses. With private lessons, you can pick a time that works in your schedule. Please be aware, if a participant fails to come at a scheduled time without advance notice, the session is still counted.
Any questions contact Chelsie Huddleson at 712-243-3934 or email at

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Nishna Valley Family YMCA
1100 Maple St.
Atlantic, IA 50022

Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center
703 Linn St.
Atlantic, IA 50022