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Kids & Teens Swim & Aquatics > Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 5 years)

 

1. Pike / Pike 2 (Ages 3-5)

This class is designed for children ages 3 to 5 years.  The child will concentrate on becoming more comfortable in the water, getting their face wet, blowing bubbles, floating on their fronts and backs with assistance, and working with lesson equipment independently.
1. Pike / Pike 2 (Ages 3-5) Schedule
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1A. Pike 1 (Ages 3-5)

The class is designed for the beginner who had never taken swim lessons.  This class will acclimate swimmers to the pool as well as basic skills such as blowing bubbles, back float, learning to kick and arm scoops, and swimming short distances.  Children may wear floats.
1A.  Pike 1 (Ages 3-5) Schedule
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2. Eel (Ages 3-5)

This level is for children ages 3 to 5 who are now swimming more independently minimizing the use of the waist support. The child can get their face wet, kick independently, floats on front and back comfortably with or without assistance. Continues to improve on glides, arm movements, kicking, and safety in and around water.
2. Eel (Ages 3-5) Schedule
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3. Ray (Ages 3-5)

This level is for the child who can swim without a waist support and is comfortable on their front and back in deep water with and without equipment. Performs rhythmic breathing, floats on their back, and can transition from a back float to a front position to swim the width of the pool.
3. Ray (Ages 3-5) Schedule
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4. Starfish (Ages 3-5)

This level is for the child who can swim front crawl, back crawl and on their side. The swimmer should demonstrate endurance and comfort in the water. They will refine their diving and safety skills.
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5. Preschool Beginner Swim Lessons ( Ages 3 - 5 )

Participants at the Pike or Eel swim levels will concentrate on becoming more comfortable in the water, getting their face wet, blowing bubbles, floating on their fronts and backs with assistance, and working with lesson equipment independently.  Participants at the Eel swim level may be able to swim more independently, can get their face wet, and will work on continuing to improve glides, arm movements, kicking, and safety in and around water.  Participants will be swim tested the first day and then placed in a class that meets their needs. The instructors are all trained for these levels.
5. Preschool Beginner Swim Lessons ( Ages 3 - 5 ) Schedule
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6. Advanced Beginner Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 5)

This class is for children at the Ray or Starfish swim level that can swim without a waist support and is comfortable on their front and back in deep water with and without equipment. Performs rhythmic breathing, floats on their back, and can transition from a back float to a front position to swim about 10 yards.  Participants will be swim tested the first day and then placed in a class that meets their needs. The instructors are all trained for these levels.
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First Wave (Grade 1)

First grade students from Plainville and Farmington Elementary Schools will have the opportunity to complete the First Wave curriculum at the Wheeler Y for free.  In the spirit of the Y's mission, the First Wave program encompasses water adventures - teaching every first grader to swim, and values enrichment - reinforcing the Y's core values of caring, honsety, respect, and responsibility.  The children will swim in shallow and deep water with the emphasis on endurance, back and front float, flutter kick, paddle stroke, and personal water safety.  This program is funded by the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and major sponsorship from Farmington Bank.
First Wave (Grade 1) Schedule
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Preschool Swim Lessons

In an effort to make registration easier, all you have to do is choose the age group and the time you'd like to come to class - we will separate all swimmers according to their swim levels and we will track and monitor their progression. 
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Swim Whisperers (Ages 6 months - 6 years)

Swim Whisperers is designed to cater to children with severe to mild sensory issues, problems with motor skills, difficulty processing information, attention issues, or any other condition that might physically or psychologically impede the process of learning to swim.

The goal of the program is to turn any child into a confident and independent swimmer, no matter their situation or condition.

This program follows 14 key areas:
 Safety concerns
 Water properties as they relate to the sensory system
“I can’t touch that!”
 Making a child go under water successfully
“What did I say?”
“How do I control my body?”
“I’m not going on my back!”
 Seeking sensory input
 Petrified to let go of the side
 Engagement and interaction
 Reacts in an extreme manner when getting splashed
 Excessive drinking of pool water
 Ritual and routine to increase comfort
 Success with swim strokes
Swim Whisperers (Ages 6 months - 6 years) Schedule
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