YMCA of Central Kentucky

Swim

Swim year-round in our heated, indoor pools! Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment. 

Thank you to White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics for sponsoring our swim lessons program and our swim teams in 2017.

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.

A / WATER DISCOVERY
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 the water.

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

SWIM BASICS
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

  • Jump, push, turn and grab

1 / WATER ACCLIMATION  
Students develop comfort with underwater 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.

2 / 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 the event of falling into a body of water.

3 / 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 breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

SWIM STROKES
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
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.

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.

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.

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
30-minute session: Member: $30; Non-Member: $60Six 30-minute sessions: Member: $150; Non-Member: $360

SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
30-minute session (2:1 participant-to-instructor ratio): Member: $45; Non-Member: $90 Six 30-minute sessions: Member: $225; Non-Member: $540

ADAPTIVE SWIM LESSONS Ages 5-19 years old
30-minute session: Member: $45; Non-Member: $90

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

We train individuals to have a working knowledge of an aquatic environment, prevention of hazards in an aquatic area and potential lifesaving skills. The course also includes certifications in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid, Heartsaver First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Emergency Oxygen Administration. Upon successful completion, participants will receive: YMCA Lifeguard and ASHI BLS (CPR and AED), First Aid and Oxygen Administration certifications.

CPR/FIRST AID AND OXYGEN FOR THE PROFESSIONAL RESCUER
Being prepared for an emergency is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury and possibly death. This class will certify you in Adult/Child/Infant and two-person CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Includes instruction in fundamental skills for respiratory and cardiac emergencies. Teaches rescue breathing, obstructed airway management, Basic First Aid, CPR, oxygen administration and using an AED (Automated Electronic Defibrillator).

SPECIAL NEEDS
The Y's Goldfish swim team is for children/young adults with special needs, including neurological, physical and social challenges. Our instruction is designed around the specific needs of each participant who may be accompanied in the water by a parent, guardian or caregiver. 

Lifeguard Certification and Swim Instructor Courses

The Y offers Lifeguard training courses for people ages 16 and up. You will learn CPR and other essential lifesaving and water safety skills. 

The YMCA swim instructor course is for those interested in teaching swim lessons. For ages 16 and up.