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Youth Swim

The Y Swim Program is participant-centered, emphasizing learning, not passing or failing. Each developmental level is divided into five components which include personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games and rescue. It is not uncommon for a child to repeat any given level.

Our swim lessons are specifically tailored to the child’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. The participant will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water. If you are currently enrolled in a session, we encourage you to look up your child’s swim evaluation midway through the session.


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If you have questions about what level you should register your child please schedule a swim evaluation with us. We do evaluations Monday through Thursday between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm and on Friday or Saturday. All evaluations are by appointment only. To set up an evaluation for your child, please contact Mary Loeser, Aquatics Director, 908-273-3330 x 1163, or email Mary.

In addition to lessons, we recommend our family members enjoy Family Swim time (see pool schedule for hours) to increase your child’s comfort and ability in the water. Youth members can buy passes to participate as well.


All branches will be closed an no classes will be held on Monday, September 1. Prices for classes are pro-rated.

 

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Parent and Child Lessons (ages 6 months to 3 years)

A great way for parents/caregivers to spend time with their child while exploring and learning about the water environment. Songs, games, and toys are tools used to teach the basics of swimming.

  • PARENT/CHILD 1 (AGE 6 TO 18 MONTHS)

    A water orientation class for parent and child that helps promote basic water adaption. Children must be 6 months by the first day of class. Class is performed in shallow water.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • PARENT/CHILD 2 (AGES 18 MONTHS TO 2 ½ YEARS)
    A water adjustment class for parent and child. The instructor will guide the parent in teaching their child basic swim skills and independence. Class is performed primarily in shallow water, but may use the deep end.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.
  • PERCH (AGES 2 ½ TO 3 YEARS)

    A more structured parent and child class that will prepare the child to enter the pre-school program. Class will work on following directions and learning swimming basics. Children should be swimming independent from parent with floatation. Class will use the shallow and deep ends of the pool.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Preschool Swim (ages 3 to 7 years)

These are group classes without a parent. Lessons are 30 minutes in length and the child must be 3 years old by the first class. The Preschool Aquatic Program stresses enjoyment, development of children's confidence and safety. Each class emphasizes mental and spiritual growth as well as physical development. Floatation devices are provided by the YMCA.

 

  • PIKE 1 (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    A water adjustment class for the child with limited or no swimming experience. Skills taught: paddle stroke with running and kicking with barbell.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • PIKE 2 (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim independently with a 3 yellow or 2 red flotation device. Children should be able to put their face in the water and jump in with little or no assistance. Skills taught: Paddle stroke with kick, rhythmic breathing, and back float skills.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • EEL (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 10 ft with no flotation and swim 25 yards with limited flotation (1 blue). Skills taught: rotary breathing, swimming on back, and swimming more confidently without flotation.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • SEA SNAKE (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 45 ft with no flotation. This can be thought of as an advanced Eel class. Skills taught: rotary breathing, swimming on back, and swimming more confidently without flotation, depending on class make-up rotary strokes may be incorporated.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • RAYS (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 25 yd with no flotation device (paddle stroke with face in the water) and 25 yd swimming on back with no flotation. Skills taught: Front crawl (freestyle), treading, and rudimentary backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • STURGEON (AGES 5 TO 7 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim at least 50 ft (3/4 length of pool) without flotation. Must swim duration of class with limited flotation (1 blue or no bubble) on both front and back. This class is for the advanced beginner. Skills taught: rotary breathing, rudimentary front crawl (freestyle) and back float sculling.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • STINGRAYS (AGES 5 TO 7 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 25 yards with rudimentary front crawl (freestyle) and 25 yds on back with rudimentary back crawl (backstroke). This class can be thought of as an advanced Ray class. Skills taught: Front crawl (freestyle), treading, and backstroke. Depending on the ability of the class participants, instructor may teach rudimentary breaststroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • WAHOO (AGES 5 TO 7 YEARS)

    This class is for the non-swimmer who needs a flotation device to swim independently. Skills taught: rotary breathing, paddle stroke, and back float.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Youth Swim (ages 6 to 14 years)

A progressive swim program where participants learn at their own pace and advance when they have acquired the skills necessary for the next class level. Lessons vary from 30 to 45 minutes.

  • POLLIWOG (AGES 6 TO 14)

    This class is for the non-swimmer who needs a flotation device to swim
    independently for 25 yards. Skills taught: rotary breathing, paddle stroke, and back float.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • TADPOLE (AGES 6 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim at least 50 ft (3/4 length of pool) without flotation. Must swim duration of class with limited flotation (1 blue or no bubble) on both front and back. This class is for the advanced beginner. Skills taught: rotary breathing, rudimentary front crawl (freestyle) and back float sculling.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • GUPPY (AGES 6 TO14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 25 yd (1 length of the pool) with a coordinated front crawl (freestyle), and scull on back for 25 yd (1 length of pool). Skills taught: coordinated front crawl with rotary breathing perfection, coordinated back crawl (backstroke), and treading water

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • STARFISH (AGES 6 TO 9 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: staff recommendation, must be able to do a coordinated lap
    of front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke) without resting
    between lengths. This class focuses on stroke development and endurance.
    Participants will swim multiple laps without resting at each end. Skills
    taught: rudimentary breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • MARLIN (AGES 6 TO 9 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: staff recommendation, must be able to do 75 yards coordinated freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. This class focuses on skill refinement and endurance training.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • PENGUINS (AGES 6 TO 9 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: staff recommendation, must be able to do 50 yd coordinated freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke without resting between laps. Skills taught: competitive stroke perfection, dolphin kick, rudimentary butterfly, competitive turns.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • MINNOW (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 50 yards (2 lengths of the pool) of each front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke) without resting in between lengths. Skills taught: rudimentary breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • FISH (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 100 yd (4 lengths of the pool) of each front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), and breaststroke. Swimmers should need limited rest between each 100 yd swim. Skills taught: coordinated butterfly, competitive turns, and continued work on endurance swimming.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • FLYING FISH (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 100 yd (4 lengths of the pool) of each front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), and breaststroke. Swimmers should need limited rest between each 100 yd swim. Skills taught: coordinated butterfly, competitive turns, and continued work on endurance swimming.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • SHARK (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim a 200 yd individual medley (2 lengths each of butterfly, back crawl, breaststroke, and front crawl) continuously. Swimmers must also be able to complete the requirements of flying fish with limited rest and instruction. Skills taught: lifesaving strokes and endurance swimming.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Pre-Competitive Programs (ages 5 to 18 years)

These programs were developed as a means to teach developmental skills needed to become a competitive swimmer. Classes are formatted based on a competitive practice with focus on increasing speed, endurance, and technique. These classes require pre-approval for desk registration, and require an evaluation before registration. Please contact the Aquatic office to set up an appointment, 908 273 3330 x1163.

  • SEAL PUPS (AGES 5 TO 9 YEARS)
    By invitation only. Emphasis is on improving stroke techniques through swimming drills and endurance swimming. Some emphasis will be on competitive starts and turns depending on the make-up and skill level of the group. Ratio – 1 instructor per 16 participants.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • INTRAMURALS (AGES 10 TO 18 YEARS)
    By invitation only. Some emphasis will be on stroke technique, but instructors will focus on the use of stroke drills and kicking during endurance building sets. Some emphasis will be on competitive starts and turns depending on the make-up and skill level of the group. Ratio – 1 instructor per 28 participants.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Teen Swim Lessons

 

  • TEEN SWIM LESSONS (AGES 12 to 18)
    Class is determined by skill level of participants and focuses on improving the skill needs of each swimmer.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.
  • BARRACUDAS (AGES 10 TO 18 YEARS)
    By invitation only. Lessons are 3 times per week. Emphasis is on endurance swimming and increasing a swimmers ability to race effectively. Some emphasis will be on competitive starts and turns depending on the make-up and skill level of the group. Ratio – 1 instructor per 30 participants.

    Classes are 1 hour long, 3 times per week.

NOTE - According to YMCA standards the instructor to participant ratios are as follows:

 1:4  1:6  1:8
 Pike 1
 Pike 2
 Tadpole
 Wahoo  Eels  Guppy
 Rays  Sea Snakes
 Starfish
 Polliwog  Sturgeon  Marlins
   Stingrays  Minnow
     Penguins
     Fish
     Flying Fish
     Sharks
Program Session

Summer 1 Programs Run

June 16 - July 20
Summer 2 Programs Run
July 21 - Aug. 25
Registration Begins
June 2
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Hours and Contact Us

Hours
Monday to Friday
5:00 am to 10:15 pm

Saturday
6:30 am to 8:00 pm

Sunday
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

67 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901

Contact us:
Ph: 908-273-3330
Fax: 908-273-0258
Email: Terri Clinton


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