Group Swim Lessons

A water accident can happen in an instant. Here at the Skagit Y, we are working hard to ensure all youth can participate in lifesaving swim lessons.

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Stage A: Water Discovery

Swimmers must be accompanied by one adult parent/guardian in the water at all times throughout this class.

This stage introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

Stage B: Water Exploration

Swimmers must be accompanied by one adult parent/guardian in the water at all times throughout this class.

In this stage, we will focus on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

*Swimmer must be comfortable on front and back in the water working with an instructor without a parent.

*Swimmers entering this Stage must be comfortable on front and back in the water working with an instructor without a parent.

This stage increases students’ comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Stage 2: Water Movement

*Swimmers entering this stage must be able to:

  • Submerge (bob) independently
  • Front and back glide with assistance for 5 feet
  • Front and back float with assistance for 10 seconds and recover independently
  • Roll back to front and front to back with assistance
  • Exit the water independently
  • Jump, push, turn, grab with assistance
  • Swim, float, swim with assistance for 10 feet

*Swimmers entering this Stage must be able to:

  • Submerge (bob) independently
  • Front and back glide with assistance 5 feet
  • Front and back float with assistance for 10 seconds and recovery independently
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Exit the water independently
  • Jump, push, turn, grab with assistance
  • Swim, float, swim with assistance for 10 feet

In this stage, students focus on forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Stage 3: Water Stamina

*Swimmers entering this Stage must be able to complete the following skills unassisted:

  • Submerge and look at object on the bottom
  • Front and back glide 5 feet
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab
  • Swim, float, swim for 5 yards

*Swimmers entering this Stage must be able to:

  • Submerge and look at an object on the bottom independently
  • Front and back glide for 10 feet
  • Front and back float for 20 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water for 10 seconds near the wall
  • Exit the water independently
  • Jump, push, turn, grab independently
  • Swim, float, swim for 5 yards independently

This stage develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

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*Swimmers entering this Stage must be able to complete the following skills unassisted:

  • Submerge and retrieve an object in chest-deep water
  • Swim 15 yards on front and back
  • Roll back to front and front to back
  • Tread water for 1 minute and exit
  • Jump, swim, turn, swim, grab for 10 yards
  • Swim, float, swim for 25 yards

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

Stage 5: Stroke Development

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*Swimmers entering this Stage must be able to complete the following skills unassisted:

  • Front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
  • Back crawl for 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
  • Butterfly kick for 15 yards
  • Tread water with a scissor & whip kick for 1 minute
  • Sitting dive
  • Swim any stroke or combination of strokes for 25 yards

This stage introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

*Swimmers entering this Stage must be able to complete the following skills unassisted:

  • Front crawl with rotary breathing and bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
  • Back crawl for 25 yards
  • Breaststroke for 25 yards
  • Butterfly with simultaneous arm action & kick for 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Sidestroke for 25 yards
  • Tread water with a scissor & whip kick for 2 minutes
  • Kneeling dive
  • Swim any stroke or combination of strokes for 50 yards

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