Nishna Valley Family YMCA

Youth Aquatic Programs


Swimming Lessons

Class Descriptions:


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.  

Class size is limited. 

(Pike/Eel and Ray/Starfish class times are shared.)

Date: June 2 - June 25, Monday & Wednesday

Time: 5:15-5:30pm

Members: $35, Non-Members: $55

Must register by May 28


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)

Class size is limited.

Date: June 2 - June 25, Monday & Wednesday

Time: 6:00-6:30pm

Members: $35, Non-Members: $55

Must register by May 28

Date: June 2 - June 13, Monday - Firday

Time: 9:00-9:45am OR 10:00-10:45am

Members: $35, Non-Members: $55

Must register by May 28

Date: June 16 - June 27, Monday - Firday

Time: 9:00-9:45am OR 10:00-10:45am

Members: $35, Non-Members: $55

Must register by June 10

Date: June 30 - July 11, Monday - Firday (No Classes on July 4)

Time: 9:00-9:45am OR 10:00-10:45am

Members: $35, Non-Members: $55

Must register by June 24




Private Swimming Lessons are always available. They 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.

Fee: $60 Members   $80 Non-members
Private lessons consist of 6 lessons, each 30 minutes long