School-Age Swim Lessons | West Suburban YMCA

Swim Basics & Swim Strokes

School-Age Swim Lessons

Ages 5-12 years

The Y is considered America's swim instructor. Every year, children and adults learn swimming skills and water safety at the West Suburban YMCA.

Our School Age Swim Lessons follow YMCA of the USA’s national safety and core skill development standards, and are based on the development abilities of each participant. Swimmers learn basic skills that build on one another as the levels increase. They also learn about water safety, water sports, games and rescue.

Small class sizes allow for one-on-one instruction, and private lessons are available. All classes are taught by nationally-certified instructors who provide praise and encouragement. Whether it’s learning how to swim, perfecting your stroke or staying fit, the Y has a program that’s right for you.

We follow the YMCA Progressive Swimming program in all of our instructional classes.

If you are uncertain about which level you should register for, please contact the Aquatics Department at (617) 244-6050 x3650 for more information or to schedule a swimming test.

Swim - School Age Lessons

School-Age Adaptive Swim

The Y's Adaptive swim programs are designed to give children with disabilities opportunities to participate in swim lessons while focusing on developing both physical and social skills that will last a lifetime. We emphasize each person's abilities and individuality, and specifically design a swim program to foster independence while providing positive recreational and educational experiences for our participants.

Family $85 | Youth $128 | Community/Non-Members $170

SESSION: 19ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ450 Wednesday 4:15pm AQ450 Wed/04:15 PM - 04:45 PM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $84.00
Youth or Teen $126.00
NonMember $168.00
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ451 Thursday 4:20pm AQ451 Thu/04:20 PM - 04:50 PM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $84.00
Youth or Teen $126.00
NonMember $168.00
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ452 Saturday 1:30pm AQ452 Sat/01:30 PM - 02:00 PM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $84.00
Youth or Teen $126.00
NonMember $168.00

School-Age: Stage 1

School-Age - Stage 1: Water Acclimation (formerly known as Polliwog I)

In this stage, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills.

Family $75 | Youth $113 | Community/Non-Members $150

SESSION: 19ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ500 Monday 3:30pm AQ500 Mon/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ501 Tuesday 1:00pm AQ501 Tue/01:00 PM - 01:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ502 Tuesday 7:00pm AQ502 Tue/07:00 PM - 07:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ503 Wednesday 3:30pm AQ503 Wed/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ504 Thursday 1:30pm AQ504 Thu/01:30 PM - 02:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00

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School-Age: Stage 2

School-Age - Stage 2: Water Movement (formerly known as Polliwog II)

In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Family $75 | Youth $113 | Community/Non-Members $150

SESSION: 19ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ550 Monday 3:30pm AQ550 Mon/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ551 Tuesday 1:00pm AQ551 Tue/01:00 PM - 01:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ552 Tuesday 2:40pm AQ552 Tue/02:40 PM - 03:20 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ553 Tuesday 7:00pm AQ553 Tue/07:00 PM - 07:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ554 Wednesday 3:30pm AQ554 Wed/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00

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School-Age: Stage 3

School-Age - Stage 3: Water Stamina (formerly known as Polliwog II or Guppy)

In this stage, students develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Family $75 | Youth $113 | Community/Non-Members $150

SESSION: 19ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ600 Monday 4:20pm AQ600 Mon/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ601 Tuesday 1:00pm AQ601 Tue/01:00 PM - 01:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ602 Tuesday 2:50pm AQ602 Tue/02:50 PM - 03:30 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ603 Wednesday 3:30pm AQ603 Wed/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ604 Thursday 2:15pm AQ604 Thu/02:15 PM - 02:55 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00

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School-Age: Stage 4

School-Age - Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (formerly known as Guppy or Minnow)

In this stage, students are introduced to basic 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.

Family $75 | Youth $113 | Community/Non-Members $150

SESSION: 19ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ650 Monday 4:20pm AQ650 Mon/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ651 Tuesday 1:50pm AQ651 Tue/01:50 PM - 02:30 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ652 Tuesday 2:50pm AQ652 Tue/02:50 PM - 03:30 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ653 Tuesday 7:00pm AQ653 Tue/07:00 PM - 07:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ654 Wednesday 4:20pm AQ654 Wed/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00

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School-Age: Stage 5

School-Age - Stage 5: Stroke Development (formerly known as Minnow or Fish)

Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

Family $75 | Youth $113 | Community/Non-Members $150

SESSION: 19ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ700 Tuesday 1:50pm AQ700 Tue/01:50 PM - 02:30 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ701 Tuesday 2:40pm AQ701 Tue/02:40 PM - 03:20 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ702 Wednesday 3:30pm AQ702 Wed/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ703 Thursday 7:00pm AQ703 Thu/07:00 PM - 07:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ704 Friday 3:30pm AQ704 Fri/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00

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School-Age: Stage 6

School-Age - Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics (formerly known as Fish, Flying Fish or Shark)

This stage refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Family $70 | Youth $105 | Community/Non-Members $140

SESSION: 19ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ750 Tuesday 3:40pm AQ750 Tue/03:40 PM - 04:20 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ751 Wednesday 4:20pm AQ751 Wed/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ752 Thursday 4:00pm AQ752 Thu/04:00 PM - 04:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ753 Saturday 10:40am AQ753 Sat/10:40 AM - 11:20 AM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ754 Saturday 1:10pm AQ754 Sat/01:10 PM - 01:50 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00

Private Swim Lessons

Work one-on-one with an instructor to learn how to swim or to work on a specific skill. Private lessons are available for all ages.

Please email Kelly or call her at (617) 244-6050 x3013 to get more information about private lessons.

Early & Late Spring Programs 2019

YMCA Swim Lessons Save Lives