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New swim sessions to begin at Y

New swim sessions to begin at Y New swim sessions to begin at Y

The YMCA of Harrison County offers swim lessons for all ages and abilities, beginning with ages 6 months.

Both parent and child, ages 6 months to 3 years, jump into the Parent-Tot swim lessons. The purpose of this course is to familiarize children with the water and teach swimming readiness skills. Children must wear swim diapers. Sessions 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 swim lessons, for ages 4 and 5, facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. They 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.

Five levels of beginner/intermediate swim lessons are offered.

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 teaches participants survival floating, 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, as well as learn rules for head-first entries and begin to learn to enter the water head first 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 kick and breaststroke kick 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.

Participants in Level 5 refine their performance of all six strokes and increase the distances that they swim. They also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back.

Levels 1 to 5 will take place in the Lap Pool. Sessions are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Teen and adult swim lessons are offered in the Therapy Pool on Saturdays from noon to 12:45 p.m.

2021 lesson dates and times will be:

Monday/Wednesday sessions — Jan. 4 to 27 (registration ends Jan. 2), Feb. 1 to 24 (registration ends Jan. 30), April 5 to 28 (registration ends April 3), May 3 to 26 (registration ends May 1), June 7 to 30 (registration ends June 5), July 5 to 28 (registration ends July 3), Aug. 2 to 25 (registration ends July 31), Sept. 1 to 29 (registration ends Aug. 30), Oct. 4 to 27 (registration ends Oct. 2), Nov. 1 to 24 (registration ends Oct. 30) and Dec. 6 to 29 (registration ends Dec. 4).

Tuesday/Thursday sessions — Jan. 5 to 28 (registration ends Jan. 3), Feb. 2 to 25 (registration ends Jan. 31), April 6 to 29 (registration ends April 4), May 4 to 27 (registration ends May 2), June 8 to July 1 (registration ends June 6), July 6 to 29 (registration ends July 3), Aug. 3 to 26 (registration ends Aug. 1), Sept. 7 to 23 (registration ends Sept. 5), Oct. 5 to 28 (registration ends Oct. 3), Nov. 2 to 30 (registration ends Oct. 31) and Dec. 7 to 30 (registration ends Dec. 5).

Saturday sessions — Jan. 9 to Feb. 27 (registration ends Jan. 7), May 1 to June 26 (registration ends April 29), July 10 to Aug. 28 (registration ends July 8), Sept. 11 to Oct. 30 (registration ends Sept. 9) and Nov. 6 to Dec. 25 (registration ends Nov. 4).

Private and semi-private swim lessons are also available.

“In Y swim lessons, participants learn and practice new swimming skills and feel a sense of achievement from mastering something new that they can enjoy the rest of their lives,” Matt Hamblen, the YMCA of Harrison County’s aquatics and facilities director, said. “While participating in fun water sports and games, children also increase their physical activity levels.

“Participants in Y swim lessons are connected to others in the class, make new friends and recognize new role models,” he said. “The participants are more comfortable and secure around water, as they learn water safety and improve their swim skills. Children have a stronger bond with their parents and family members from the take-home activities of family huddles and sharing boating safety tips.”

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, call the Y at 812-734-0770 or visit