Youth Swim Lessons

The Harrisburg Area YMCA offers youth swim lessons for children ages 6-12 years. For our older swimmers, we focus on endurance, pool and personal safety, skill development, and lifesaving techniques.  Our skill levels have recently changed; please refer to the chart below.

CLASS NAMESKILLS DEVELOPEDPREVIOUS LEVEL NAME
Water AcclimationIncreases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistancePOLLIWOG
Water MovementEncourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independentlyGUPPY
Water StaminaDevelops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stagesMINNOW
Stroke IntroductionIntroduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstrokeFISH
Stroke DevelopmentIntroduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestrokeFLYING FISH
Stroke MechanicsRefines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyleSHARK

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