L’il Dippers Swimming

Children 6 months to 3 years start in the water with their parents, learning basic swimming skills.  Children 3 to 5 years participate in a swimming class without their parents*.

* Currently, due to COVID-19, parents are required to be in the water with their children aged 3 to 5 years.

Splashers & Bubblers

The YMCA L’il Dippers program begins with 2 parent-child levels, Splashers and Bubblers.

Splashers – As the first level of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, Splashers is a great way to introduce babies 6-36 months old to the water. Parents get in on the fun by participating with their children.

At this early stage, children are still learning a lot about their environment. The goal of Splashers is to make children and parents comfortable in the water together, and (of course) to learn to splash with arms and legs!

Bubblers – The second level of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, Bubblers, is for children 6-36 months old. We work with you to introduce your child to new movements in the water, including holding the wall, kicking feet, and blowing bubbles. Parents get in on the fun by participating with their children.

Bobbers & Floaters

Bobbers – The third level of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, Bobbers, is for children 3-5 years old who are new to swimming. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent.

In Bobbers, we’ll continue to introduce fun activities in the water to activate the movements that will eventually lead to swimming. By the end, your child will be comfortable having their face in the water, and will have learned basic movements while being supported.

Floaters – The fourth level of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, Floaters, is for children 3-5 years old who have completed Bobbers or equivalent.

In Floaters, we introduce floating and gliding, and continue to practice other movements. Through structured activities and play, children will also become comfortable submerging themselves under water.

Gliders & Divers

Gliders – The fifth level of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, Gliders, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Floaters or show an equivalent level of competence.

In Gliders, children will combine kicking with gliding to learn how to propel themselves through the water.

Divers – The sixth level of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, Divers, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Gliders or show an equivalent level of skill.

In Divers, children will combine all the skills they have learned so far to swim on their front and back unaided for a distance of 10 metres. Your child will also learn to jump into and float in deep water unassisted.

Surfers & Dippers

Surfers – The seventh level of our YMCA L’il Dipper swim program, Surfers, is for children 3-5 years old who have completed Divers or show an equivalent level of competence.

In Surfers, we’ll continue to help your child develop front and back swimming skills and build up to a distance of 15 metres. And now that your child is comfortable jumping into the water, we’ll work on some creative, fun entries — ker-splash!

Dippers – The eighth and final level of our YMCA L’il Dipper swim program, Dippers, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Surfers or show an equivalent skill level.

In Dippers, we’ll introduce the front and back crawl as well as underwater swimming. Children at this level will have achieved a foundation of swimming skills and be able to front swim a distance of 25 metres.

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