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Next round of swim lessons to start at Y

Next round of swim lessons to start at Y Next round of swim lessons to start at Y

The YMCA of Harrison County is set to begin its latest round of swim lessons for all ages and abilities. Lessons are offered beginning at 6 months old with its Parent/Tot sessions.

Swim instructors will wear a face shield during lessons and class sizes are limited to allow for social distancing. All equipment used is disinfected after each use. Parents will be asked to be social distant while spectating.

Parent/Tot — Both parent and child, ages 6 months to 3 years, jump into this course designed to familiarize children with the water and teach swimming readiness skills. Children must wear swim diapers. Lessons will take place in the Therapy Pool on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.

Preschool lessons — The purpose of this course, for ages 4 and 5, is to facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. It will take place in the Therapy Pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Beginner/Intermediate — Level 1 introduces basic aquatic skills, which participants continue to build on as they progress. In addition, participants start developing positive attitudes, effective swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water. In Level 2, participants learn to glide and float without support and recover to a vertical position. Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, laying the foundation for future strokes. New water safety topics are introduced, and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced. Level 3 participants learn and practice survival floating and learn to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. They are introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks and extend the time duration for treading water. They also learn rules for head-first entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside. In Level 4, participants improve their aquatic skills and increase their endurance by swimming the strokes learned in Level 3 for greater distances and with more advanced proficiency. Participants add arm actions to the previously learned scissors and breaststroke kicks to perform the rudimentary sidestroke and to learn the breaststroke. Participants also begin to learn the back crawl and butterfly, as well as the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall. Level 5 participants refine their performance of all six strokes and increase the distances that they swim as well as learn to perform flip turns on the front and back. Lessons will take place in the Lap Pool on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Adults and teens — These lessons, in the Therapy Pool on Saturdays from noon to 12:45 p.m., are for ages 13 and older.

Monday/Wednesday sessions will be offered Sept. 9 to 30 (registration ends Sept. 7); Oct. 5 to 28 (registration ends Oct. 3;) Nov. 2 to 25 (registration ends Oct. 31); and Dec. 7 to 30 (registration ends Dec. 5).

Tuesday/Thursday sessions will take place Sept. 1 to 24 (registration ends Aug. 30); Oct. 6 to 29 (registration ends Oct. 4); Nov. 3 to 24 (registration ends Nov. 1); and Dec. 8 to 31 (registration ends Dec. 6).

Saturday sessions will be Sept. 5 to Oct. 24 (registration ends Sept. 3) and Nov. 7 to Dec. 26 (registration ends Nov. 5).

Registration closes 48 hours prior to lessons beginning.

Private and semi-private swim lessons are also available.

With support from donors, financial assistance is available for a variety of programs, such as swim lessons, and memberships at the YMCA of Harrison County. It is the Y’s pledge, within its available resources, to provide services to individuals regardless of ability to pay. Those unable to pay the full fee may apply to receive sliding-scale assistance through the Open Doors program. Open Doors assistance is granted based on personal need, enrollment limitation and the Y’s financial resources.

To learn more about the YMCA of Harrison County’s swimming lessons and for ages, costs and registration deadlines, call the Y at 812-734-0770 or visit