Aquatics | Swimming Lessons


Swimming Lessons  

To our swim participants: 

We are happy to share that the YMCA Aquatics department is OPEN!

General ND Smart Restart:

The YMCA Aquatics department is adhering to ND Smart Restart guidelines including, but not limited to, the following (signage will be posted in the program area)

-A staff member will be dedicated to cleaning the facility throughout the day.

-Only lap swimming, water aerobics, and public/private swim lessons will be open (no open swim, birthday parties, or waterslide times.) Registration is required for lessons and water aerobics.

-Social distancing of 6 feet with all those not in your social unit is encouraged. Masks are not recommended while in the water but recommended in pool area and locker rooms.

Swim Lessons:

-Only staff, swim lesson swimmers, and parents allowed in FSC during swim lessons. Parents may only sit on the bleachers to view lessons. Please do not observe from Mighty Missouri Coffee area.

-Swim instructors will instruct from deck for School Age Stages 4-6. Swim Instructors will wear face shields in water for all other Preschool/School age Stages 1-3 and will maintain as much social distancing in the water as possible between participants.

-No goggles will be available to use but swimmers are encouraged to bring their own.

-Private lessons will resume at discretion of parent and assigned swim instructor.

Registration for Fall/Winter 2020 opens august 10th for members and 11th for non-members!

Register in person at our member services desks or follow the link below to register anytime online!

https://www.bismarckymca.org/register.aspx

For specific dates and to register click HERE and search "Swim Lessons".

Private Lessons

Private swim lessons are a great way for adults and kids to achieve specific goals, catch up to their age group or receive individualized attention on a flexible schedule.  

For NEW private lesson participants register online or with Membership Services and your assigned instructor will contact you to arrange lesson times based on your schedule needs. This may take up to two weeks depending on instructor avialability.*Limited space available* Registration opens July 1st!

For RENEWING private lesson participants, who are currently with an instructor, please renew your lessons at our member services desk.

Dual lessons are also available. These are similar to private lessons but allow for two swimmers of similar skill level to learn together. Both participants must purchase a separate dual session.

Private Lesson Fees: Members - $100 for a session of 4, or $175 for a session of 8. Non-Members - $200 for a session of 4, or $350 for a session of 8

Dual Private Lessons Fees Both participants must purchase a separate dual session. Members -$60 per participant for 4 lessons, or $105 for a session of 8 Non-Members - $120 per participant  for 4 lessons or $210 a session of 8 

Register for Private lessons HERE and search "Private Swim Lessons"

Swimming Lesson Stages

All swim lessons are 25 minutes in length until stages 4, 5, & 6 which are 40 minutes in length. 

Parent/Child

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.

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

Preschool Swimmers

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

  1. Swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  2. Jump, push, turn, grab
  • Level 1 Water Acclimation: (3-5 year old) – 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 a student's future progress in swimming.
  • Level 2 Water Movement: (4-5 year old) –In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional chage, 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.
     
  • Level 3 Water Stamina: (4-5 year old) – In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety 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.

 

School Age Swimmers

Ages 6 and up *In order for children to advance to the next level and sign up for that level they must pass all requirements for the previous level. Goggles are recommended for all levels! 

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

  1. Swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  2. Jump, push, turn, grab
  • Level 1 Water Acclimation: (Ages 6 and up) – 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 a student's future progress in swimming.
  • Level 2 Water Movement: (Ages 6 and up) –In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional chage, 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.ack crawl. 
  • Level 3 Water Stamina: (Ages 6 and up) – In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety 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.

  • Level 4 Stroke Introduction: (Ages 6 and up) – Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breastroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
     
  • Level 5 Stroke Development: (ages 6 and up) – Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
     
  • Level 6 Stroke Mechanics: (ages 6 and up) – In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.  

 

Adult Swimmers

Our adult swim lesson offerings are for ages 14+. This class is for those who have not had swimming lessons before or who are not comfortable in the water. Basic swimming and water safety skills are taught in a relaxed, fun way! Evening and weekend sessions available. Please check our complete listings. 

To Register Click HERE

*Please note our lessons have Preschool (PS) 3-5 years old and School age (SA) lessons as 6-12 years old*

For more help in deciding what level to sign your child up for, please consult this guide or call the Aquatics Trainer at 701-751-9714.



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