Indian Valley Family YMCA

Kids & Teens Swim & Aquatics Classes Offered at Indian Valley Family YMCA

Parent/Child Aquatic Lessons (6 months - 3 years)

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Parent and Child/ Water Discovery

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Parent Child/Water Discovery: Children, 6 months to 3 years, will enjoy the many water-readiness activities provided by our YMCA aquatics instructors. This is one of the most important skills every child should master - feeling safe in the water. Children progress from water adjustment to basic skills while working with parents. One adult must be in the water with their child at all times. 

 
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Parent and Child/Water Exploration

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Parent Child/Water Exploration: This class, designed for children ages 2 to 3, adapts basic swimming skills to your child's developmental level including, body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatics skills.  One adult must be in the water with their child for a portion of the class.

 
 

Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 5 years)

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Stroke Introduction (Level 4)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major competitive strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15yds while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15yds, (4) able to jump in and tread water for 30 seconds, (5) able to swim to wall and exit.

 
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Water Acclimation (Level 1)

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Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications- None

 
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Water Movement (Level 2)

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In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of fall into a body of water

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool,  submerge and return to the wall with assistance.

 
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Water Stamina (Level 3)

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In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances.  In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to float on front and back unassisted, (2) able to push off wall on stomach with face submerged for 10ft unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15ft unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

 
 

Swim Lessons - Semi-Private & Private

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Private Swim Lessons

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Private lessons allow for accelerated learning due to the one-on-one student-to-teacher ratio.
 
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Semi-Private Swim Lessons

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This class is meant for 2 - 4 participants of similar skill level and age. Perfect for siblings or friends who want to learn together.
 
 

Swim Lessons – Kids to Teens (Ages 6 years and up)

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Stroke Development (Level 5)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major swim strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to front crawl and back crawl 25yds, (2) able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15yds, (3) able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute.

 
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Stroke Introduction (Level 4)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major competitive strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15yds while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15yds, (4) able to jump in and tread water for 30 seconds, (5) able to swim to wall and exit.

 
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Stroke Mechanics

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all major competitive strokes are introduced.Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to swim front crawl with bent arm recovery and rotary breathing for 25yds, (2) able to swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25yds, (3) able to swim butterfly with overarm recovery, (4) able to swim breastroke for 25yds achieving stroke rhythm, (5) able to dive from a kneeling position.
 
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Swim Buddies ( Ages 5 - 14)

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Swim Buddies is an adaptive swim lesson program specially modified for children ages 5-13 years old that have behavioral, developmental, or physical.  Lessons include water acclimation, instruction on floating, stroke development, as well as water safety. 
 
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Teen Beginner Swim Lessons

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Students will develop comfort in the water. They will learn how to swim-float-swim, front glides, back floats, and exits. Students will also work on jump, push, turn, grab. 
 
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Water Acclimation (Level 1)

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Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications- None

 
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Water Movement (Level 2)

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In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of fall into a body of water.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool,  submerge and return to the wall with assistance.

 
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Water Stamina (Level 3)

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In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances.  In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to float on front and back unassisted, (2) able to push off wall on stomach with face submerged for 10ft unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15ft unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

 
 

Swim Team and Clinics - Indian Valley

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2017 College/High School Preseason Training

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The Indian Valley YMCA Breakers Swim Team is hosting a preseason training program for college and high school swimmers.  Get ready for your fall/winter season.  Be trained by the Breakers experienced coaching staff.  Swim outdoors in the summer sun.

Location: Ellington Ridge Country Club, 56 Abbott Rd, Ellington, CT 06029

Dates: Monday, July 31 to Saturday, August 26

Times: Monday through Saturday, 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Cost: $200

 Registration Deadline: Friday, July 28, 2017

Maximum Enrollment: 36 athletes. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come/first served basis.

 
 
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