Youth Swim Lessons

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. Did you know 37% of adult Americans can’t swim? Starting swim lessons young can lower this percentage. Swimming for ages 6-12 lowers the risk of drowning, builds whole-body strength, and can even help their school grades! Swimming is something your child can do at any age; swim lessons at the Y can start them off right, whether in a team or individual environment.

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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