STRONG SWIMMERS MAKE CONFIDENT KIDS

At the Y, we are dedicated to providing student-centered swim lessons designed to nurture the development of each individual participant through our dynamic group lessons! See below for more information!

Find The Right Swim Lesson

How Old is Your Child?

To help you determine which stage will create the best learning environment for your child, please click through the options below.

Can the student respond to verbal cues and jump on land?
No
Water Discover

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about water


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Yes
Is the student comfortable working with an instructor and exiting the pool unassisted?
No
Water Exploration

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills


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Yes
Water Exploration

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills


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Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
No
Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with under water exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Yes
Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
No
Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in event of falling into a body of water

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Yes
Can the student swim 10-15 yards on his or her front and back
No
Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic and breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Yes
Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic and breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
No
Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stoke technique in from crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Yes
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, & breaststroke across the pool?
No
Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stoke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Yes
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?
No
Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.

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Yes
Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
No
Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with under water exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


Register Now
Yes
Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
No
Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in event of falling into a body of water

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.

Register Now
Yes
Can the student swim 10-15 yards on his or her front and back?
No
Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic and breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.

Register Now
Yes
Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
No
Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stoke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


Register Now
Yes
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, & breaststroke across the pool?
No
Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stoke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


Register Now
Yes
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back
No
Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


Register Now
Yes
Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register below or at your Y.


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Swim Starters

Accompanied by a parent, 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.

Stage A / Water Discovery

Parent accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water

Qualifications: None

Ages:6 to 36 Months


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Stage B / Water Exploration

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, and blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Qualifications: None

Ages:6 to 36 Months


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Swim Basics

Accompanied by a parent, 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.

Stage 1 / Water Acclimation

In this beginning class, children develop comfort with being underwater and learn how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications: None

Ages:3-12yrs (Stage offered for both preschool and school age children)


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Stage 2 / Water Movement

In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications: (1) able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front & back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance.

Ages:3-12yrs (Stage is offered for both preschool and school age children)


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Stage 3 / Water Stamina

In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances. In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications: (1) able to float on front & back unassisted, (2) able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 feet unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

Ages:3-12yrs (Stage is offered for both preschool and school age children)


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Swim Strokes

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

Stage 4 / Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

Qualifications: None

Ages:3-12yrs (Stage offered for both preschool and school age children)


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Stage 5 / Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke

Qualifications: (1) able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front & back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance.

Ages:Preschool (stage 4 only) School-age Teen/Adult


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Stage 6 / Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle

Qualifications: (1) able to float on front & back unassisted, (2) able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 feet unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

Ages:Preschool (stage 4 only) School-age Teen/Adult


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Teen & Adult

It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Our teen/adult swim lessons provide a place for adults and teens 13 years and older to learn how to swim in a friendly small-group setting. Teen/Adult swim lessons are for those individuals who wish to learn to swim or those who want to improve their technique and feel safe and secure in any body of water– whether it’s a pool, lake or the ocean.

Stage 1 / Water Acclimation

In this beginning class, students develop comfort with being underwater and learn how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications: None

Ages:13+


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Stage 2 / Water Movement

In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications: (1) able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front & back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance.

Ages:13+


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Stage 3 / Water Stamina

In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances. In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications: (1) able to float on front & back unassisted, (2) able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 feet unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

Ages:13+


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Stage 4 / Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

Qualifications: None

Ages:13+


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Stage 5 / Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke

Qualifications: (1) able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front & back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance.

Ages:13+


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Stage 6 / Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle

Qualifications: (1) able to float on front & back unassisted, (2) able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 feet unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

Ages:13+


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Private Lessons

Private and Semi-Private swim lessons are the perfect answer for the participant who cannot make our scheduled group lessons or wants a little extra attention on specific skills. The benefits of a private or semi-private swim lesson are that they are scheduled for your convenience, and you can focus your lesson on what you want to learn!


For more information or to register for private or semi-private lessons, please contact the Aquatics Director at your preferred location or hit the contact us button below. Within 2 business days, the Aquatic Director will contact you to discuss your availability and help find the instructor that best fits your needs.

Private Swim Lesson FAQs


During what times of the day can private lessons be scheduled?

Private lessons are scheduled for your convenience. We do not schedule private lessons during group swim lessons.


What ages can participate in private or semi-private lessons?

Private and semi-private swim lessons are available for participants 3 years of age and older.


What is the difference between a private and semi-private swim lesson?

Private lessons are 1 participant to 1 instructor. Semi-Private lessons are 2-3 participants to 1 instructor. For semi-private lessons, participants need to be close in ability. The YMCA will not pair participants together for semi-private swim lessons.


How long will my lesson be?

All private and semi-private lessons are scheduled for 30 minutes.


What happens if I cannot make a scheduled lesson?

We require participants to notify us 24-hours in advance of their lesson. If the Aquatics office receives notification less than 24-hours prior to your lesson, the lesson will be subtracted from your package. If we receive notification within 24-hours or more, the Aquatics Director will reschedule the missed lesson(s) with you for a time that best works for your schedule. Participants can e-mail and/or call the Aquatics Department at the YMCA location their lessons are scheduled.


What happens if I’m running late for my lesson?

All lessons are scheduled in 30 minute increments. If a participant is running late for their lesson, the instructor will provide the lesson as scheduled for the remaining amount of time allotted. Depending on instructor availability and their private lesson schedule, instructors may not be available to extend a lesson.

To sign up for private lessons click on a branch link below:

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Tampa YMCA Developmental Swim Team:

This team is all about Kick, Technique, and Fun!


The intent of this group is to "Prepare for TEAM”. With a focus on an introduction to the sport of swimming, participants will build on skills learned in swim lessons and learn basic technique of all four strokes. Coaches teach awareness of body in and out of water, streamlines, starts and turns.


Ages: 6-12


Commitment: Practice 2-3 Days per week, attend monthly “Y” mini-meets


Skills needed: Ability to swim 25 Yards of Backstroke and Freestyle with rotary breathing.


Skills to learn: Refine Free and Back. Learn to swim Butterfly, Breaststroke, basic Starts and Turns


Water time: 60 Minutes (3X per week), Days/Times vary by site.


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Middle/High School Conditioning:

This team is all about Fitness and Fun!


The intent of this group is to "Be Fit”. With a focus on non-impact aerobic fitness, this program is geared toward Middle School and High School students wanting to compliment your HS team training, prepare for Summer League, or cross train for other sports. This program’s goal is to provide an aerobic workout with some individual stroke instruction in a small group.


Ages: 12-18 (7th-12th Graders)


Commitment: Practice 2 Days per week.


Skills needed: Ability to swim 25 Yards of Freestyle with rotary breathing, Tread water for 60 Seconds.


Skills to learn: Learn all four competitive strokes, build endurance and confidence.


Water time: 60 Minutes (2X per week), Days/Times vary by site.


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Tampa YMCA “Stingrays” Competitive Swim Team:

Keywords are “Fun”damentals, Progression, and Athletic Development!


The intent of this TEAM is to teach athletes entering the sport of competitive swimming a foundation of life skill development & technique in a FUN and EXCITING environment. TYS athletes progress from the Bronze group through to Senior by continuing to learn advanced skills and making steady progress toward long term athletic development.


Ages: 8-18 (See group details below)


Commitment: Practice 4-6 Days per week (Varies by group), attend YMCA and USA Swimming meets.


Skills needed: Ability to legally swim all four strokes: Fly, Back, Breast, and Free.


Skills to learn: Refine technique and build confidence with all four strokes. Competitive Starts, turns and swim meet etiquette.


Dry-land: All competitive athletes engage in strength, mobility, body awareness, and mental training sessions daily.


Groups:

  • Bronze (10 & Unders)- Practice 4 Days/week for 90 Minutes each day

  • Silver (11-12’s)- Practice 5 Days/week for 90 Minutes each day

  • Gold (13-14’s)- Practice 5-6 Days/week for 2 Hours each day

  • Senior (HS Age)- Practice 6+ Days/week for 2.5 Hours each day


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TYS Masters Swim Team

This team is dedicated to Fitness, Fun, and Athletic Development!


The intent of this group is to provide coach led organized workouts for adults ages 18&over. We welcome tri-athletes, competitive, open water, and recreational swimmers who are committed to improving their fitness through swimming. Competitions are offered locally and regionally by registering with “TYSM” through United States Masters Swimming


Ages: 18+


Commitment: Practices are offered 3+ days per week during morning, mid-day, and evening times. Schedules vary by site.


Skills needed: Ability to swim 25 Yards of Freestyle with rotary breathing.


Skills to learn: Refine technique and build confidence through group workouts.


Water time: 60-90 Minutes per practice (Schedules vary by site).


Locations & Contact:


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