The Y has been teaching swimming for over 100 years, providing individuals the opportunity to safely enjoy the water. This year over 2,200 people will have learned to swim at the Scott County Family Y!
•Swimming develops all muscle groups evenly
•Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-5 years old
•Skills will dwindle if swimmers practice only in the summer! Kids need year round swim lessons to progress!
All ages and abilities, plus flexible packages make learning to swim easier than ever!
ES (Extra Special) & STANDARD RATIO
Our primary teaching ratio is 6:1 students:instructor for 45 minutes. Our “ES” or “Extra Special” ratio is 3:1 for 30 minutes.
Open Swim Lessons
A new approach to registering your kids in the YMCA swimming lesson program! Participants
are divided into groups based on skill level and learn the same skills and progress the same as
in our regular classes. Open Swim Lessons is a great way to make sure you can get all of your
youth, from preschool on up, into swim lessons at the same time. Ages 3 to 17.
For children ages 6 months to 3 years. Classes include Parent/Tot, Shrimp and Perch. Parents attend class with the child and join in. Lessons focus on water adjustment, fundamentals and safety.
Parent-Tot/Shrimp Water enrichment activities for 1-2 adults in the water with child to promote
fun, water adjustment, exercise and water safety. Songs and games used to promote confidence,
independence. Ages 6 months - 2 years.
Parent-Tot/Shrimp & Perch Combo Similar to Shrimp with an added emphasis on songs and games.
Ages 6 months to 3 years.
Perch For children comfortable in the water but not ready to swim without a trusted adult in the water with them throughout the entire session. Promotes independence, confidence, cooperation, and readiness. Ages 2 to 3 years.
Pike, Eel and Ray/Starfish classes are for children ages 3 to 5. Build on skills including stroke development, rescue skills, water sports and games. Moving toward independence in water.
Pike Beginner - this course requires no previous experience in swimming. Child will not put face in
water and cannot fl oat independently. Children are introduced to paddle stroke on front, back
Eel Intermediate - Child can jump in the water and return to the side of the pool independently.
Children will become more independent, learning to swim longer distances. Continue building on
Ray/Starfish Advanced - child can swim the width and length of the pool on their front and back. New skills include
rhythmic breathing and diving.
Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish/Shark and Advanced Stroke classes are for kids 6 to 18 years. Lessons are progressive and participants enhance skills in: stroke development, rescue, sports and games.
Polliwog Participants who may be fearful of water and cannot tread water or float independently but can
walk away from the wall and return. Children learn front, back and side swimming at this level.
Guppy Participant is able to swim one length of the pool comfortably on their front and back. At this level,
they begin to swim longer distances and are introduced to rhythmic breathing and treading water.
Minnow Participant can swim two lengths of the pool using front crawl with good and consistent rotary
breathing. The progression continues with breaststroke, sidestroke, back crawl and diving.
Fish Participant is able to complete a four-length endurance swim without rest and can perform good
breaststroke. The emphasis at this level is on increasing endurance and refining front crawl, back crawl,
sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. The diving progression continues. Butterfly
and flip turn skills are introduced.
Flying Fish/Shark Participant is able to complete a six-length endurance swim without rest, perform a good butterfly stroke and a flip turn.
Advanced Stroke Refining stroke, starts, turns, finishes, and techniques for competitive swimming is the
objective of this class. Participants must be comfortable with butterfly, back crawl, breaststroke, front crawl and sidestroke.