Youth Swimming

Youth aged 6+ years can begin in our Learn to Swim program, advancing through levels Pre-Otter, Otter, Seal, Dolphin and Swimmer.

Youth aged 6+ years can then improve their skills in our Star Program, allowing members to advance their skills through 7 levels, beginning with Star 1.

Not sure of your child’s level? Swim assessments are available at any of our Rec Swims. Please view our schedules by clicking on the button below.

Schedules and Brochures

The YMCA Learn to Swim is specifically designed for youth aged 6+ and contains 5 levels before advancing to the Star program.

Pre-Otter

Never been in a pool? Never taken swimming lessons? Scared of the water? This program is designed to help conquer fears of the water before starting out YMCA Youth Swimming Program

Otter

An introductory level for beginner swimmers aged 6-12 years old, Otter will teach your child the basics of pool safety, going underwater, and gliding on their front and back.

The first of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Otter teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Otters is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who encourages your child to actively participate in their own learning.

Seal

Seal is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Otter or who have equivalent skills. In this level they will further develop the skills of gliding, kicking, and submerging.

The second of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Seal teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During this these classes, children will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Seal is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will encourage the children to build their confidence in the water.

Dolphin

Dolphin is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Seal or who demonstrate an equivalent skill set. Your child will be introduced to swimming on their front, back, and under water.

The third of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Dolphin teaches kids how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Dolphin is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will be cheering your child on as they complete their first full swim strokes!

Swimmer

Swimmer is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Dolphin or have equivalent skills. In this class, kids will learn front and back crawl, and how to tread water.

The last level in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Swimmer teaches children how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. Children at this level will have achieved a solid foundation of swimming skills and be able to front swim for a distance of 25 metres.

Swimmer is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will inspire your child to reach their potential in the water.

The YMCA Star program is specially designed for swimmers aged 6+ years who have advanced through our Learn to Swim program. The Star program contains 7 levels, beginning with Star 1.

Star program, levels 1-4

The YMCA Star program is designed to advance the swimmer’s skills beyond the Learn to Swim Program.
Levels 1-4 are offered for youth aged 6-12 yrs and allow for the choice of optional skills to learn as well as program requirements.

In Star 1 we also introduce your child to other aspects of swimming. Youth select which new skills they would like to learn from a list that includes competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, and water polo and will continue to build on those skills throughout the star program.

Star Program, levels 5-7

The YMCA Star program is designed to advance the swimmer’s skills beyond the Learn to Swim Program.
Levels 5-7 are offered for youth aged 10-12 yrs and allow for the choice of optional skills to learn as well as program requirements.

Star 7 is for youth who have a strong interest in pursuing more advanced aquatics certifications. Star 7 bridges to the YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Society’s Bronze programs.
In addition to first aid and lifesaving skills, swimmers will also continue to build their abilities by selecting from a list of optional skills to learn, including advanced strokes, water polo, synchronized swimming, or aquatic fitness.

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