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 $49 | Youth $74 | Community/Non-Members $98

SESSION: 19SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ512 7/15-7/25, 9:30am AQ512 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/09:30 AM - 10:00 AM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $98.00
Youth or Teen $147.00
NonMember $196.00
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ513 7/29-8/8, 9:30am AQ513 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/09:30 AM - 10:00 AM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $98.00
Youth or Teen $147.00
NonMember $196.00
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ514 8/12-8/22, 9:30am AQ514 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/09:30 AM - 10:00 AM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $98.00
Youth or Teen $147.00
NonMember $196.00
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ515 6/29-7/27, 1:30pm AQ515 Sat/01:30 PM - 02:00 PM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $49.00
Youth or Teen $74.00
NonMember $98.00
School-Age Adaptive Swim - AQ516 8/3-8/24, 1:30pm AQ516 Sat/01:30 PM - 02:00 PM 5 to 12 years Family or Adult $49.00
Youth or Teen $74.00
NonMember $98.00

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 $43 | Youth $65 | Community/Non-Members $86

SESSION: 19SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ150 6/24-7/11, 9:20am AQ150 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/09:20 AM - 10:00 AM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ151 6/24-7/11, 2:00pm AQ151 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:00 PM - 02:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ152 6/18-7/11 7:00pm AQ152 Tue, 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 1 - AQ250 7/15-7/25, 9:20am AQ250 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/09:20 AM - 10:00 AM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00
School-Age: Stage 1 - AQ251 7/15-7/25, 2:00pm AQ251 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:00 PM - 02:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00

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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 $43 | Youth $65 | Community/Non-Members $86

SESSION: 19SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ160 6/24/-7/11 9:20am AQ160 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/09:20 AM - 10:00 AM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ161 6/24-7/11 2:00pm AQ161 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:00 PM - 02:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ162 6/24-7/11 3:30pm AQ162 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 2 - AQ163 6/18-7/11 7:00pm AQ163 Tue, 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 2 - AQ260 7/15-7/25 9:20am AQ260 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/09:20 AM - 10:00 AM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00

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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 $43 | Youth $65 | Community/Non-Members $86

SESSION: 19SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ170 6/24-7/11 3:30pm AQ170 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ171 6/18-7/11 6:20pm AQ171 Tue, Thu/06:20 PM - 07:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ270 7/15-7/25 3:30pm AQ270 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ271 7/16-7/25 6:20pm AQ271 Tue, Thu/06:20 PM - 07:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $43.00
Youth or Teen $65.00
NonMember $86.00
School-Age: Stage 3 - AQ370 7/29-8/8 3:30pm AQ370 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/03:30 PM - 04:10 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00

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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 $43 | Youth $65 | Community/Non-Members $86

SESSION: 19SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ180 6/24-7/11 2:45pm AQ180 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:45 PM - 03:25 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ181 6/18-7/11 6:20pm AQ181 Tue, Thu/06:20 PM - 07:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $75.00
Youth or Teen $113.00
NonMember $150.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ280 7/15-7/25 2:45pm AQ280 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:45 PM - 03:25 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ281 7/16-7/25 6:20pm AQ281 Tue, Thu/06:20 PM - 07:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $43.00
Youth or Teen $65.00
NonMember $86.00
School-Age: Stage 4 - AQ380 7/29-8/8 2:45pm AQ380 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:45 PM - 03:25 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00

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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 $43 | Youth $65 | Community/Non-Members $86

SESSION: 19SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ190 6/24-7/11 2:45pm AQ190 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:45 PM - 03:25 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ191 6/24-7/11 4:20pm AQ191 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ192 6/18-7/11 7:00pm AQ192 Tue, 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 - AQ290 7/15-7/25 2:45pm AQ290 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/02:45 PM - 03:25 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00
School-Age: Stage 5 - AQ291 7/15-7/25 4:20pm AQ291 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00

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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 $43 | Youth $65 | Community/Non-Members $86

SESSION: 19SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ195 6/24-7/11 4:20pm AQ195 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $108.00
Youth or Teen $163.00
NonMember $215.00
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ196 6/18-7/11 7:00pm AQ196 Tue, 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 6 - AQ295 7/15-7/25 4:20pm AQ295 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ296 7/16-7/25 7:00pm AQ296 Tue, Thu/07:00 PM - 07:40 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $43.00
Youth or Teen $65.00
NonMember $86.00
School-Age: Stage 6 - AQ395 7/29-8/8 4:20pm AQ395 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu/04:20 PM - 05:00 PM 5 to 13 years Family or Adult $86.00
Youth or Teen $130.00
NonMember $172.00

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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 ages 3+.

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

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