Adult Swim Lessons

Swimming


The YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. As the foundation of our program, these skills allow students to learn correct swim stroke techniques. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety. 

(Click the below tabs to see the Adult Swim Lessons offered at our YMCA locations throughout San Antonio.)
 

Teens & Adults

Ages: 13 +

Teens and adults can begin with water safety and continue on to learn and refine skills in the four competitive swimming strokes.


Swim Basics

In this program, teens and adults learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills—swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab.

 

The stages offered are:

  Will the student go underwater voluntarily?

Water Acclimation

Stage 1: Water Acclamation 

Ages:  13yrs +

QualificationsNone

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for those who aren’t yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

In this class, the student will:

  • Bob to submerge in the water

  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet with help

  • Front and back float for 10 seconds with help

  • Roll from back to front and front to back with help

  • Jump, push, turn, grab with help

  • Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help

  • Exit the water
     

Stages vary by Y location


  Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?

Water Movement

Stage 2: Water Movement 

Ages:  13 yrs +

Qualifications(1) able to go underwater & comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front & back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance.


Students focus on body position and control, directional change, forward movement in the water and continue to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for those who aren’t yet able to do a front and back float on their own.

In this class, the student will:

  • Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool

  • Front and back glide to the wall for 10 feet

  • Front and back float for 20 seconds

  • Roll from back to front and front to back

  • Jump, push, turn, grab

  • Swim, float, swim five yards

  • Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds

  • Exit the water
     

Stages vary by Y location


  Can the student swim 10–15 yards on his or her front

Water Stamina

Stage 3: Water Stamina 

Ages:  13 yrs +

Qualifications(1) able to float on front & back unassisted, (2) able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 feet unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted. 
 

Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. The class also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm/leg action. This class is for those who aren’t yet able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.
 

In this class, the student will:

  • Retrieve an object in chest-deep water

  • Swim on their front and back for 15 yards

  • Roll from back to front and front to back

  • Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards

  • Swim, float, swim 25 yards

  • Tread water for one minute

  • Exit the water
     

Stages vary by Y location



Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, teens and adults learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique.

 

The stages offered are:

Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?

Stroke Introduction

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Ages:  13 yrs +

Qualifications(1) able to submerge & retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15 yards, (4) able to jump in & tread water for 30 seconds (5) able to swim to wall & exit.
 

Students learn the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. This class is for those who aren’t yet able to swim 15 yards of front and back crawl.

In this class, the student will:

  • Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards

  • Breaststroke kick for 15 yards

  • Butterfly kick for 15 yards

  • Elementary backstroke for 15 yards

  • Dive from a sitting position

  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute

  • Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards
     

Stages vary by Y location


Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, & breaststroke across the pool?

Stroke Development

Stage 5: Stroke Development

Ages:  13 yrs +

Qualifications(1) able to front crawl & back crawl 25 yards, (2) able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15 yards (3) able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute.
 

Students work on stroke technique and learn the major competitive strokes. This class is for those who aren’t yet able to swim the front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke across the pool.

In this class, the student will:

  • Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards

  • Breaststroke for 25 yards

  • Butterfly with simultaneous arm action and kick for 15 yards

  • Back crawl for 25 yards

  • Sidestroke for 25 yards

  • Dive from a kneeling position

  • Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for two minutes

  • Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards
     

Stages vary by Y location


Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?

Stroke Development

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

Ages:  13 yrs +

Qualifications(1) able to swim front crawl with bent arm recovery & rotary breathing for 25 yards, (2) able to swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25 yards, (3) able to swim butterfly with over arm recovery, (4) able to swim breaststroke for 25 yards achieving stroke rhythm, (5) able to dive from kneeling  position. 

Students refine stroke technique on the major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. This class is for those who aren’t yet able to swim the front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke across the pool and back.


In this class, the student will:

  • Swim the front crawl for 50 yards and do a flip turn

  • Breaststroke for 50 yards and do an open turn

  • Butterfly for 25 yards

  • Back crawl for 25 yards and do a flip turn

  • Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards

  • Dive from a standing position

  • Tread water for one minute and retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool

  • Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards
     

Stages vary by Y location


PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Private lessons vary by branch, please contact your local Y's Aquatics Director.