YMCA AQUATICS

Nurturing the potential of every child & teen

The YMCA was home to the world’s first group swimming lesson in 1907. The YMCA has a long history and an excellent reputation for teaching people how to swim. The Maui Family YMCA is no different. With lap swimming, open and family times, water exercise classes, swimming lessons (group or private) the Maui Family YMCA has everyone’s needs covered. Our YMCA instructors are certified to help any level of swimmer. If you are looking to learn a new stroke or just brush up on the ones you already know, our instructors can help.

Youth Swim Lessons

Students in Pike/Eel are oriented to the aquatics environment and progressively gain skills as they move through the YMCA swim program. At later levels, students build on their basic skills to learn propulsive movements on both the front and back. Personal safety and rescue skills are included to help students meet safety goals. By the end of the fish level, students will have obtained the skills and fitness level necessary for entrance into advanced courses such as swim club or other aquatic activities.

Pike/Eel (Stage 1)

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. 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
• Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

• 3-5 years
Beginners could have a fear of being unfamiliar with how to swim. Their movements will be rudimentary. To progress to the next level they will paddle a length of the pool.

Ray/Starfish (Stage 2)

Water Movement 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 without instructor help
• Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

• 5-8 years
Students can already paddle on their front, back, and side. They will be able to paddle across the pool without support and a couple of lengths of the pool with support.

Polliwog (Stage 3)

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 in back and front glides
• Developing forward movement on the front and back
• Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water

• 7-9 years
Students will be able to perform rudimentary crawl, back, fly, breast, elementary back, and sidestroke. Refinement levels of swimmers begin to look more like our traditional strokes. They are able to swim a couple lengths of the pool without support.

Guppy (Stage 4)

Stroke Introduction Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

• Developing the front crawl and back crawl
• Introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly
• Practicing safety techniques in deep water

• 8-10 years
Crawl stroke, backstroke, and elementary back stroke will be in good form. The rest of the strokes will improve and show all basic elements. Endurance will be improved and students will also be able to swim two lengths of the pool without support.

Minnow (Stage 5)

Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

• Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl
• Developing the breaststroke and butterfly
• Building endurance techniques for deep-water safety

• 8-11 years
All traditional strokes have all basic elements. Refinements are becoming mastered. Good endurance will allow swimming 300 continuous yards.

Fish (Stage 6)

In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students in this stage focus on the following:

• Developing endurance in the competitive strokes
• Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns
• Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water

• 8-13 years
All traditional strokes are mastered. Students work on improving efficiency, endurance, and adaptability to unique situations. They work on creative movements in the water.

Parent-child Lessons (Stages A and B)

6 months-2 years

Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. The goals of this stage include the following:

• Encouraging parents to set developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers enrolled in swim lessons
• Introducing and emphasizing basic water safety to parents and providing a positive family aquatic experience
• Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

Parent-Child classes provide experiences and activities for parents and infants to feel more comfortable in the water. The child will become aware of the differences between moving through water and on dry land, while the parent will become aware of how to teach his/ her child to be safe in and around the water. Participants will learn how to safely enter and exit the water, as well as how to submerge their faces and explore buoyancy in a front and back position. Parent-child swim lessons require one parent to accompany the child in the water.

 

Saturday Swim Lesson Time Slots

Level Time
Parent-Child 9:00-9:45 am
Pike/Eel 9:00-9:45 am

10:00-10:45 am(2)
11:00-11:45 am
12:00-12:45 pm(2)

Rays/Starfish 9:00-9:45 am
10:00-10:45 am
11:00-11:45 am
12:00-12:45 pm
Polliwog 10:00-10:45 am
12:00-12:45 pm
Guppy 11:00-11:45 am
Minnow 11:00-11:45 am
Fish 9:00-9:45 am

Youth Swim Club

Keep your child actively swimming with our youth swim club. Swimmers will be trained in conditioning, speed and proper competition strokes. Swim club participants must be at least 5 years old and demonstrate Level 3 (Polliwog) swimming ability. Must be able to swim one lap (50 yards) using front and back crawl. Try a free trial class before joining.

Schedule: Mon/Wed 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Fee: Member $42 • Potential Member $84

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Saturday Swim Lesson Sessions

Eight lessons (45 minutes each)
See chart

Session Date Member/Non Member Fee
6 Nov. 11-Dec. 16 $54/$108 (6 weeks)
1 Jan. 6-Feb. 24 (2018) $75/$150
2 Mar. 10-Apr. 21 $58/$116
3 May 12-Jun. 30 $75/$150
4 Jul. 14-Aug. 25 $58/$116
5 Sept. 8-Oct. 27 $75/$150
6 Nov. 14-Dec. 15 $48/$96

Wednesday Group Swim Lessons

Eight lessons (45 minutes each)

Swim Level Time
Pike / Eel 4:00-4:45 pm
Ray / Starfish 5:00-5:45 pm
Session Date
1 May 9-Jun 13              $75/$150
2 Jul 11-Aug 29                $75/$150

Youth Private Swim Lessons

A great alternative to a class environment, our private lessons accommodate your busy schedule. All levels are welcome.

Six Lessons (45 minutes each)

Fee:          Member $110 • Potential Member $220