Stage 4 - Stroke Introduction

Swim lessons at Countryside YMCA help children and adults learn basic water skills, improve swimming skills, practice water safety and learn water rescue skills. Of course, we have fun in the process. Swim lessons are progressive and class sizes are small so children and adults get the personalized swim instruction they need to build vital skills and prepare for the next program level. 

This swim class provides swim stroke introduction and is for the school-age swimmer who has advanced out of Stage 3 school-age swim lessons or has completed a swim evaluation. This swim lesson reinforces endurance and water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Swimmers are introduced to breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary backstroke. To advance, children must master the following swim skill benchmarks: tread water using 2 different kicks for 1 minute; swim 15 yards each using freestyle with rhythmic breathing, backstroke, and elementary backstroke; breaststroke and butterfly for 15 yards each; and demonstrate that they can swim any stroke for 25 yards. 

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