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Swimming Lessons

Where the Youth of America Learn to Swim

The Quincy Family YMCA is the leader in group swim lessons and believes learning to swim should be a requirement for every child in our community.  The Y teaches lessons year round in an indoor pool with trained and caring instructors.

Swim lessons are offered in a 8-week session. Our 8-week session features one class per week on Tuesday or Saturday. Check out the swim lessons flyer for more information!

Please note: If there is a lack of participants or limited instructor availability some classes may be cancelled or combined.

Register online or at the YMCA Welcome Desk.

PARENT/CHILD CLASSES (6-36 months)


S.K.I.P.S. - The parent/child classes are taught as a combined class for ages 6 to 36 months with parent accompanying the child in the water. Basic water skills are taught through fun songs and games. YMCA National class levels in this combination class are Shrimp (6-8 months), Kipper (9-12 months), Inia (13-18 months) and Perch (19-36 months). (3 minimum, 10:1 ratio) Classes are 30 minutes. Swim diapers are required.

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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PRESCHOOL (3-5 years): All preschool classes are 40 minutes.  Children must turn 3 by the start of the session. 

Pike: Children adjust to the water and develop independent movement.  No previous swimming experience required.  Teaches basic stroke and kicking skills, floating, and pool safety.  (6:1)

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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Pike Plus: For children who have been previously enrolled in at least one session of Pike, but are not yet ready for Eel.  Children must be comfortable putting their face in the water and able to move independently five yards with flotation device on front, back and side.  Extends Pike skills. (6:1)

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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Eel: For children who are comfortable in the water and able to swim five feet with faces in the water and no flotation device. Children are taught to float, kick, and perform progressive arm movements across the pool. (6:1)

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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Ray/ Starfish: For children who can swim 15 feet with faces in the water with no flotation device. Reviews and improves stroke skills on front, back and side, builds endurance, teaches treading water skills. (6:1)

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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YOUTH (6 years and up): All youth classes are 40 minutes.  Child must turn six by the start of the session. 

Polliwog: Beginner level for those with little or no experience in the water. Teaches basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking. (8:1) 

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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Guppy: For children able to swim at least 20 feet without a flotation device.  Children must not be afraid of deep water. Teaches swimming on front, back and side and taking a breath while swimming. (8:1)

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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Minnow: Advanced intermediate class for children able to swim 25 yards (full length of pool) on front and back without a flotation device.  Teaches front crawl with rotary breathing, backstroke, sidestroke, rudimentary breastroke (8:1)

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for Y members.

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Fish: For children able to swim 25 yards front crawl with rotary breathing, back crawl, sidestroke and rudimentary breaststroke. Refines breast stroke, teaches butterfly, open turns and improves other strokes. (8:1) Combined with Flying Fish.

Fee: $30 for members, $50 for non Y members.

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Registration Periods

Most classes at the Quincy Family YMCA are held in eight week sessions.
The upcoming sessions are as follows:

Spring II Session

8 Week Session Dates: April 28 - June 22

Member Registration - April 14 - 20
Non-member Registration - April 21-27

Summer Session

8 Week Session Dates:June 23 - August 17

Member Registration - June 9 - 15
Non-member Registration - June 16 - 22

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