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Swim Lessons

“Celebrating a Century of SWIMMING”

YMCA’s have been teaching people to swim for more than a century. Y aquatics offers the opportunity to participate in programs during every phase of life: Parent/child introductory programs, pre-school and youth progressive swim lessons (the YMCA’s third most widely offered program nationwide), adult programs, boy & girl scout nights, lap swimming and family fun!

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Kim Lavallee

Aquatics Director - YMCA of Greater Springfield
P: 413.206.5724
F: 413.599.1475
E: kimlavallee@springfieldy.org

WINTER SWIM LESSONS:

January 1st – February 17th (7-week session)

Member registration: December 11th / Non-member registration December 18th   

Monday classes are prorated for New Year’s Day

Swim Lessons:

Member: $70.00   Non-member: $126.00

PARENT/CHILD LESSONS (6-36 MONTHS)

(30-minute classes)

  1. Water Discovery (6-18 MONTHS): Monday 4:30pm-5:00pm; Wednesday 5:15pm-5:45pm; Saturday 9:00am-9:30am
  2. Water Exploration (19-36 MONTHS): Monday 5:15pm-5:45pm; Wednesday 4:30pm-5:00pm; Saturday 9:30am-10:00am

PRESCHOOL LESSONS (3 YEARS-5 YEARS)

(30-minute classes)

  1. Water Acclimation (warm pool): Monday 4:00pm-4:30pm; Monday 5:15pm-5:45pm; Monday 6:30pm-7:00pm; Wednesday 4:00pm-4:30pm; Wednesday 5:15pm-5:45pm; Wednesday 6:30pm-7:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-9:30am; Saturday 10:15am-10:45am; Saturday 11:30am-12:00pm.
  2. Water Movement (warm pool): Monday 4:00pm-4:30pm; Monday 4:30pm-5:00pm; Monday 6:00pm-6:30pm; Wednesday 4:00pm-4:30pm; Wednesday 4:30pm-5:00pm; Wednesday 6:00pm-6:30pm; Saturday 9:30am-10:00am; Saturday 11:00am-11:30am
  3. Water Stamina (warm pool): Monday 6:00pm-6:30pm; Wednesday 6:30pm-7:00pm; Saturday 10:15am-10:45am; Saturday 11:00am-11:30
  4. Stroke Development (cold pool): Monday 6:30pm-7:00pm; Wednesday 6:00pm-6:30pm; Saturday 11:30am-12:00pm

YOUTH LESSONS (6 YEARS AND UP)

(45-minute classes)

  1. Water Acclimation (beginner 1): Monday 6:00pm-6:45pm; Wednesday 4:00pm-4:45pm; Wednesday 5:00pm-5:45pm; Saturday 9:00am-9:45am; Saturday 10:00am-10:45am
  2. Water Movement (beginner 2): Monday 4:00pm-4:45pm; Monday 5:00pm-5:45pm; Wednesday 5:00pm-5:45pm; Wednesday 6:00pm-6:45pm; Saturday 9:00am-9:45am; Saturday 10:00am-10:45am
  3. Water Stamina (intermediate 1): Monday 4:00pm-4:45pm; Wednesday 4:00pm-4:45pm; Wednesday 6:00pm-6:45pm; Saturday 9:00am-9:45am; Saturday 11:00am-11:45am
  4. Stroke Development (intermediate 2): Monday 5:00pm-5:45pm; Wednesday 4:00pm-4:45pm; Wednesday 6:00pm-6:45pm; Saturday 10:00am-10:45am; Saturday 11:00am-11:45am
  5. Stroke Development & 6. Stroke Mechanics Combined: Monday 6:00pm-6:45pm; Wednesday 5:00pm-5:45pm; Saturday 11:00am-11:45am

 

ADULT CLASSES:

  1. Master’s swim: Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm
  2. Adult classes: Beginner 1: 4:15pm-5:00pm
  3. Adult classes: Intermediate: 5:00pm-5:45pm

CLASSES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

Preschool 1:  Students develop underwater exploration and learn safety around the pool.  They develop basic skills to propel and glide through the water, putting their face in the water and jumping in with the assistance of the instructor. This class takes place in the warm pool.

Preschool 2:  Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.  They improve on the basic skills to propel and glide through the water, putting their face in the water and jumping in with the assistance of the instructor.  This class takes place in the warm pool.

Preschool 3:  In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from longer distances than in the previous stages. Rhythmic breathing is introduced, and arm and leg motion is integrated together.   Basic skills such as back and front glides, breathing, bubbles are with the assistance of the instructor in the water.  This class takes place in the warm pool.

Preschool 4:  In this stage, students are developing their strokes.  Front crawl and back crawl, coordinating arms and legs.  The start of elementary backstroke kicks occurs, and basic skills are reviewed.  The instructor is in the pool with the children.  This class takes place in the cold pool.

Youth 1:  Students develop underwater exploration and learn safety around the pool.  They develop basic skills to propel and glide through the water, putting their face in the water and jumping in with the assistance of the instructor. This class takes place in the cold pool.

Youth 2:  Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.  They improve on the basic skills to propel and glide through the water, putting their face in the water and jumping in with the assistance of the instructor.  This class takes place in the cold pool.

Youth 3:  In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from longer distances than in the previous stages. Rhythmic breathing is introduced, and arm and leg motion is integrated together.   Basic skills such as back and front glides, breathing, bubbles are with the assistance of the instructor in the water. Endurance swimming is introduced.   This class takes place in the cold pool.

Youth 4:  In this stage, students are developing their strokes.  Front crawl and back crawl, coordinating arms and legs.  Treading water is introduced in the deep end of the pool.  The start of elementary backstroke kicks occurs, and basic skills are reviewed.  The children are swimming the length of the pool with the instructor.  The instructor teaches from the deck and in the water. This class takes place in the cold pool.

Youth 5:  Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. There is an emphasis on water safety which continues through treading water and sidestroke swimming.  Students will be swimming laps in the cold pool throughout the class, to build endurance. The instructor is teaching from the deck to observe technique.  This level prepares children for swimming competitions.

Youth 6: In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and building endurance through continued swimming.  The instructor is teaching from the deck to observe technique.  This level prepares children for swimming competitions.

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Scantic Valley YMCA Aquatics Center

Two 75-foot pools offer access to everyone. The aquatics center has been designed for everyone to enjoy, in the water or out. Our large windows allow viewing from seats in the hallway area, deck seating allows spectators to get closer to the action. Our zero-entry depth, wheelchair accessible, shallow warm water pool is kept at a temperature of 88 – 90 degrees. Both pools are supervised by a lifeguard at all times. Throughout the day there are many opportunities for swimming lessons, therapy, or open swimming.

Steam/Sauna

Enjoy the co-ed steam and sauna located in the aquatics center.

Make-Up Policy for All Aquatic Classes

We cannot offer makeups, credits, or refunds for any missed classes during the session.
Classes that are canceled for any reason by the YMCA will be re-scheduled by the Aquatics Department. Please note any class with fewer than three participants is subject to cancellation.