Pre-Competitive Swimming

pre-competitive swimming

Has your child progressed beyond swim lessons? Would he/she like to see what a swim team would be like without the swim team commitment?  The Harrisburg Area YMCA offers 2 pre-competitive swimming programs for your child to participate in at the West Shore YMCA!

Take Your Mark

Take Your Mark participants will learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming through fun-filled drills in a positive atmosphere! This program is the first of a two-part program designed to slowly move swimmers from the pre-competitive level to the competitive levels.

This program is great for summer league swimmers, Country Club swimmers, or children advancing out of swim lessons.  Our concentration will be on the correct stroke form of all four (4) competitive strokes as well as understanding how to use starting blocks.  This program is an “entry point” into our YMCA pathway that leads to the competitive swimming program. There are no swim meets.  Parents that wish to have their child(ren) try out the program should plan to attend the first two classes prior to registering. We offer this program at select times throughout the year; the program is open to youth ages 6-14.

DATES: September 17–December 19, 2021

  • Fridays 6:15-7:15 PM
  • Sundays 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Sundays 4:00-5:00 PM
  • No class will be held Thanksgiving Weekend

FEES:

  • Facility Members – $200
  • Program Members – $215

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Mini Team

We will introduce Mini Team participants to the experience of a swim meet and will continue to work on the fundamentals of competitive swimming.  This program is the second part of a two-part program designed to slowly move swimmers from the pre-competitive level to the competitive levels.

This program is great for summer league swimmers, Country Club swimmers, or children advancing out of swim lessons.  In addition to working on correct stroke form of all four (4) competitive strokes and using starting blocks, swimmers will have the opportunity to participate in two (2) inter-squad swim meets at the YMCA.  Prerequisites for this program include the ability to swim one length of the pool (25 yards) on your stomach with rotary breathing and one length of the pool on your back. Each class session will be limited to 35 swimmers.

We offer this program at select times throughout the year; the program is open to youth ages 6-14.

DATES: January 7–March 27, 2022

  • Fridays 6:15-7:15 PM
  • Sundays 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Sundays 4:00-5:00 PM

FEES: Include swim meets and t-shirt

  • Facility Members – $200
  • Program Members – $215

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