Youth Aquatics

We Build Safe Strong Confident Swimmers

Here at the YMCA, a wide variety of aquatic programs are offered to meet the needs of swimmers of all ages and abilities. Swim lessons, therapy programs, life guarding certification and exercise classes are held in our indoor pool. All of our classes are staffed by certified instructors, with your safety and enjoyment in mind.

In the Y’s aquatics programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives. Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina. The Green County Family YMCA is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and learn water safety practices.

Did you know that modern swim instruction was invented at the YMCA in the first indoor pool in America? YMCA Aquatics is about water safety, skill development and fun for everyone. We have an aquatic program for every skill level and interest. Our programs are about more than just technique and skill; they are about creating positive experiences, developing self-esteem and building friendships that will last a lifetime.

Girl swimming


Aqua Babies

(6 months-2 years) Introduce your baby or toddler to water through songs and games in a positive and safe environment. Water skills will be taught but fun is the first priority. An adult must be in water with child.

Two and Three Swim with Me

(2-3 yrs.) A trained instructor teaches parents the proper way to hold and move their children through the water to become safer in the water. Beginner stroke, kicks, floats and blowing bubbles are some of the skills being taught through songs and games.

Flip and Float

(Ages 3-5) Flip & Float is a preschool program that spends a half hour in the gymnastics center working on fine and gross motor skills, flexibility and basic tumbling skills. The other half hour is spent in the pool to work on basic water skills such as beginner stroke, kicks, blowing bubbles, and floats with time left for woggles, rings, and songs.

Skipper Classes

Swimming(Preschool 3-5 years) Start your child’s water experience out right. YMCA experience instructors will teach your child the right way to do basic skills according to the child’s age, experience in the water, and maturity level. Let the YMCA aquatic staff make your child’s experience in the water positive, safe and fun.

PIKES: Child’s 1st water experience, doesn’t put face in water, a beginner swimmer
EELS: Child puts his/her face in water and floats on back w/ or w/o floatation device.
RAYS: Child puts his/her face in water and can swim a short distance w/o floatation device, back float

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Private Swim Lessons

Who benefits from private lessons?

  • Children uncomfortable in lessons
  • Older children who are non-swimmers
  • Quick improvement of certain strokes and technique
  • Special needs
  • Big fear of water
  • Want skills learned faster
  • Wants to join swim team and get a head start
  • Lessons scheduled at parents request

Progressive Lessons

Kindergarten and older or prior approval.
Whether this is your child’s first time in lessons or wanting to get ready for swim team the YMCA experienced aquatic staff knows how to develop the skills correctly and safely. Swimming is a skill a person can do their whole life, so make sure you child has the opportunity to learn these skills correctly in a positive atmosphere.

POLLIWOG I: Beginner swimmer
POLLIWOG II: Face in water and can swim w/o floatation device a short ways, back floats.
GUPPY: Front crawl, elementary arms w/flutter kick, back crawl 15 yds
MINNOW: Front crawl, elementary arms w/flutter kicks, back crawl the length of pool.
FISH: Proficient front crawl, elementary backstroke w/whip kick.
FLYING FISH: Proficient front crawl, elementary backstroke, back crawl, breaststroke length of pool.
SHARK: Proficient IM

Girls swimmingAquatic Policy

Any lifeguard questioning a swimmer’s skill can request the swimmer pass the YMCA swim test: The swimmer must swim “Front Crawl” with rhythmic breathing one length of the pool (25 meters) and tread water for a minimum of 1 minute. If a swimmer is unable to pass these skills, the individual must stay where he/she can touch the bottom of the pool with their head above water.

Swim/Study Program

MONROE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SWIM LESSONS/STUDY TIME “BUSED” PROGRAM
The Swim/Study program is a great afterschool program for your child
Afterschool program for early release Mondays
Transportation provided
Healthy snack
Study ratio 1:5 lower level classes 1:8 upper level classes
Free swim/swimming lessons
Agenda: 2:15 - 2:35 Students are bused to YMCA (Parkside students walk with YMCA staff)
2:35 - 2:50 Healthy snack
2:50 - 3:15 Open swim or study time
3:15 - 4:00 Swim lessons for all children
4:00 Parents pick children up at YMCA

Abe Lincoln October 23rd – Dec 4th
St. Victors October 23rd – Dec 4th
Northside January 8th - Feb 19th
Parkside April 9th – May 21st


Gators Swim Team

The Green County Family YMCA’s competitive swim team exists to benefit ALL children who show an interest in training and competing.
Benefits of Gator Swim Team:

  • Coached by a 2 time Olympic trial coach
  • Learn the 4 competitive strokes correctly
  • Learn starts, turns, and dive
  • Learn to have a work ethic
  • Learn to be a role model
  • Learn to be a team player

One of the YMCA swim teams objective is to help young athletes develop their full potential, while clarifying their personal values in a positive atmosphere

Members are reminded that accidents and injuries could occur during participation at the YMCA. All participants should understand that they need to be prudent in their actions, keeping safety for themselves and others in mind. The swimming pool is a place where safety is #1. Members and guests are not to distract the lifeguard in any way; participants must obey the pool rules and follow the direction of the lifeguards and instructors. Parents share the responsibility of safety in all areas of the YMCA.

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Pool Policies

Parents are welcome to stay in the pool and watch their children in swim lessons. Parents must remain seated on bleachers to watch lessons. Parents will be asked to leave if their presence interferes with lessons or if young siblings are running on deck.

  • Missed swim lessons cannot be made up on different days because of the teacher/student ratio requirement.
  • For open swim, children 7 and under MUST be accompanied one-on-one by an adult, in the pool, at all times.
  • Children wearing any floatation device must be within arms length of parent.
  • Any cancelled classes that are out of the YMCA’s control will not be made up unless there is a break week at the end of the session.
  • A $5 late fee will be added to anyone who signs up after classes have begun. This is due to the instructor to child ratio.
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