The goal of the Riverbrook Regional Y Youth Swimming Lesson Program is to develop competent and confident swimmers. Children are introduced to the water through a graduated series of lessons developed and standardized by the YMCA of the USA. The program is divided into age groups, and children move through the levels at their own pace as their abilities and skills grow. Advanced lessons and team programs are available for those boys and girls with particular enthusiasm for swimming.
Parent / Child Levels These classes introduce both the parents and child to the pool environment through basic water acclimation and skill introduction, as well as through songs. Shrimp (ages 6m-18m) Perch (ages 19m-36m) Seahorse (ages 2.5yr-3)—This is a transitional class for kids who have taken the shrimp and perch levels, and are ready to swim with a small group of kids and an instructor. Participants continue basic water skills, and learn to be in a class setting without a parent.
Preschool Levels (ages 3 – 5) Pike 1: Beginner level for those who have never taken swim lessons or those who are still nervous to swim. Children are working on water acclimation, safety, and basic swimming skills. Children may or may not swim independently with a float belt (3 bubbles). Pike 2: Beginner level for children who have taken parent/child classes, seahorse, pike 1, or other forms of swim lessons. Children are working on basic swimming skills, safety, self-confidence in the water. Children swim independently with float belt (2-3 bubbles).
Eel 1: Intermediate level for children who have completed pike 2 or other swim lessons. Children work on swim strokes for front and back, safety, self-confidence, and endurance. Children swim independently with float belt (1-2 bubbles).
Eel 2: Intermediate level for children who have completed eel 1 or other swim lessons. Children work on more advanced swim strokes for front and back, safety, self-confidence, and endurance. Children begin rotary breathing for freestyle. Children swim independently with float belt (1 bubble) or without a belt. Ray: Advanced level for children who have completed eel 2 or other forms of swim lessons.
Children must be able to swim 1 length (25yds) of front crawl with rotary breathing (breathing to side) and 1 length of backstroke. Children work on front crawl, backstroke, perfecting rotary breathing, basic breaststroke, and endurance. Children swim independently with no float belt (zero bubbles).
Progressive Levels (First Grade to 12 years) Polliwog: Beginner level for children who have never taken lessons, or have not taken them in a while. Child may be able to swim a half length (approx. 12 yards) of the pool on their front or back. Children work on water acclimation, safety, self-confidence, and basic swimming skills for front and back crawl. Child swims independently with or without a float belt (bubbles).
Guppy 1: Beginner level for children that have completed preschool lessons, polliwog, or other forms of swim lessons. Children must be able to complete 1 length (25yds) of front crawl and backstroke without stopping. Children must have an understanding of rotary breathing and are working to strengthen skill. Children also work on backstroke, safety, and endurance. Must be able to swim independently without float belt.
Guppy 2: Intermediate level for children who have completed preschool levels, guppy 1 or other forms of swim lessons. Children must be able to complete 1.5-2 lengths (approx 35-50yds) of front crawl and backstroke. Children must know rotary breathing and are working to perfect it. Children work on front crawl, backstroke, basic breaststroke, safety, and endurance.
Minnow: Intermediate level for children who have completed guppy 2 or other forms of swim lessons. Children must be able to complete 3 lengths (75yds) of front crawl (with proper rotary breathing) and backstroke. Children work on front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, some basic butterfly skills, and endurance. Fish: Advanced level for children who have completed minnow or other forms of swim lessons. Children must be able to complete 4 lengths (100yds) of front crawl (with proper rotary breathing) and backstroke. Children must also be able to complete breaststroke for 1-2 lengths (25-50yds). Children are working on front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, learning more advanced butterfly skills, endurance.
Flying Fish: Advanced swim level for children who have completed fish or other forms of swim lessons. Children must be able to complete 5-6 lengths (125-150 yards) of front crawl (with proper rotary breathing) and backstroke. Must also be able to complete 3-4 lengths of breaststroke (75-100 yards), and 1 length of butterfly. Children are working on perfecting all 4 strokes, endurance, starts, turns, and dives.
YMCA WAHOO SWIM ACADEMY (WYWSA) The YMCA Wahoo Swim Academy (WYWSA) offers instruction for swimmers 5 to 10 years of age. These pre-competitive programs are designed for students who may have an interest in becoming a future Wahoo Swim Team member. The intent is to establish a fun and creative learning environment in which students learn proper competitive stroke and kick techniques, streamlines, and starts and turns. Please note that these programs do not replace the YMCA Preschool and Progressive swim levels.
Bronze (6 to 10yrs)
Monday/Thursday 4-5pm. These two times are two separate groups.
Jr Bronze (5-7 yrs)
The session will start in September , and go until December.
Participants must attend a group evaluation in order to be considered. If you missed the group evaluations please contact Kevin Cullinan, at email@example.com , to set up an evaluation.
SUMMER SWIM TEAM – Wahoo Swim Academy
Our Summer Swim Team runs in June and July. This program is for swimmers who are 6 to 12 years of age. The team practices Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 11:30am.
The focus of this program is on streamlining, stroke development, endurance, starts, turns and, of course, having fun!! Swimmers should have the skills and endurance to handle an hour long work-out.
We also participate in two swim meets with country clubs in the area. These meets are a fun way to give our swimmers a ‘feel’ for competition in a relaxed environment.
You can sign your swimmer(s) up for 2, 3, 4, 5, or all 6 weeks. Registration is online under Summer Swim Team.
Adult Swim Lessons Adult lessons teach beginners the basic swimming skills, water adjustment and safety. More advanced adults are instructed on improving their swimming abilities by developing better stroke techniques and increasing endurance. Note: At least 3 participants are needed for a class to run. Contact the Aquatic Staff for information on class days and times. Private Swim Lessons One-on-one instruction for children and adults who can benefit from individual attention. Half hour sessions are scheduled by contacting Susan Schroder at firstname.lastname@example.org (email is the best way to contact) or 203-762 -8384 x210 to arrange an appointed day and time.
SwimFit: SwimFit is designed for those adult swimmers who want to get more of a workout than lesson provides but without the high intensity of our Master’s program. Swimmers will receive stroke technique correction and learn to use the pace clock while doing sets. For more information please contact Kevin Cullinan at ext. 211 or KCullinan@riverbrookymca.org.
Member Rates: Single private $40 for a half hour, Double privates are $60 and Triples are $75.
Non Member Rates: Single $50, Double $70 and Triples are $90.
All private lessons utilizing the Riverbrook Regional Y pools must be set up or authorized through the Aquatics Office. You may call or email Susan Schroder, Assistant Aquatic Director for set up. Please provide name, email and call back numbers as well as information regarding the private lesson and goals. Due to pool space, programming and, at certain times of the year, high volume, please prepare to allow time for us to pair you with an appropriate instructor to match your availability. The more flexible your schedules are in this matter, the easier it will be to match your needs. Private Lessons are not conducted on Saturday Mornings or afternoons between 4pm and 6pm due to programming.
Private Lessons: Contact Susan Schroder at email@example.com or 203 762 8384 ext 210.
Youth Swim Class Policies
1. To prevent children from being distracted, parents and guardians must leave the pool area during class time. (Parents may watch the first and last class of each session)
2. Make-ups for classes missed because of illness, etc., cannot be scheduled because of full enrollment.
3. At least 4 participants are needed for a class to run.
4. Regular attendance is strongly recommended in order for children to make significant progress. 5. Make-ups because of pool closings or inclement weather will be made up during break week and/or time scheduled by the Aquatics Department.
6. Swimmers must have a Doctors note and the approval of the Aquatic Director or Assistant in order to make up classes missed due to prolonged absence.
7. If your child vomits or defecates in the pool the following action will be taken: First offense A $75 fine will be assessed to compensate for loss of services and cost incurred. Second offense A $250 fine will be assessed. Third offense A $500 fine will be assessed and you will be suspended from using the pool for 30 days. Afterschool Child Care / Childwatch LEARN MORE >
If your child takes the school bus to the Y for swim lessons, please refer to Afterschool Child Care for information on our new Child Watch Program (School Bus Drop-Off Supervision).
Summer Season Dock Test at the Pond Children above the age of 5 must pass a dock test in order to swim in the deep area of the pond. The test consists of swimming out to the dock (lifeguard is present) and treading water for 2 minutes without stopping. Lifeguard or Waterfront Director will determine whether or not the test has been satisfactorily passed. If the test is passed, the child will receive a colored wrist band indicating that he/she can swim in the deep area. It is to the discretion of the lifeguard or Waterfront Director as to whether or not anyone above age 13 needs to take the test, as well as anyone under the age of 5.