For toddlers just getting used to the water, advanced athletes seeking lifeguard certification, and everyone in between, the Y has a swim program designed to provide just the right amount of challenge and encouragement to develop confident swimmers.
The United Way blesses the community by offering low-income families FREE swim lessons for children 6 years and older. Please come into the YMCA and ask the Front Desk for an application.
The Y has a phenomenal winter and summer swim team.
Our Winter Team runs September - March and the Summer Team runs May-July.
In the past 5 years, our Winter Team has won 4 small team championships, while our Middle School Team was 2018, 2019, and 2020 champions. Please call 419-289-0626 with any questions about our swim teams.
Anyone new to the team is required to try out. Please come during this time to complete your try out. If you can not make this time please call 419-289-0626 to schedule an alternate time.
*Registration for swim lessons will not be the same as our other programs due to the participants receiving "report cards" at the end of their session. This helps parents know which class to register their children for our next session.
** If you have any questions about which class your child belongs in, please call 419-289-0626 and speak to our Aquatics Director.
Parent Child Classes
A - Water Discovery - Parents accompany their infants and toddlers as the children are introduced to the aquatic environment and encourage them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
B - Water Exploration - Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
*Stage A/B classes are held together. A parent or guardian must accompany the child in the water during the class.
Water Acclimation - 3+
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming. Students in this stage focus on the following: Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help, Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help.
Water Movement - 3+
In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students in this stage focus on the following: Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help, Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help.
Water Stamina - 3+ and (6+ - beginner class)
In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Students in this stage focus on the following: Integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing.
Stroke Introduction - 6+
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl butterfly and breaststroke kick and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Stroke Development - 6+
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly strokes and reinforces water safety through building endurance.
Stroke Mechanics - 6+
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.