Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois

Swim Lessons

Click on the link below to help you decide which swim level your child should be in. 

Swim Starters Aquatic Program

Accompanied by an adult*, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

A / Water Discovery:

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

B / Water Exploration:

Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Swim Basics for Preschool, School Age, Teen, and Adult

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

1/Water Acclimation:

Increases comfort with
underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2/Water Movement:

Encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3/Water Stamina:

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Swim Strokes for School Age, Teen, and Adult.

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. 

4/Stroke Introduction:

Introduces basic
stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5/Stroke Development:

Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

6/Stroke Mechanics:

Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Private lessons are available upon request!