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Youth Aquatics

Children are almost never too young to begin a lifelong love of the water. Swimming and other water activities benefit youngsters through teens for so many reasons. Here are just a few:

  • Water safety skills
  • Improved swimming strokes
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved flexibility and strength
  • Builds endurance and stamina
  • Improves the physique
  • Teaches patience
  • Children have fun while they learn

At YWCA Greenwich, there are swimming lessons for all ages and levels. Class sizes are kept small to allow for individual attention for each student.


DolphinBabies

Dolphin Babies 1 (6months to 23months old)

A great introduction to the water for you and your baby.

Dolphin Babies 2 (2-3 years old)

The purpose of this course is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or survive in the water; it does provide a confidence building, fun, loving experience. One parent or caregiver must be in the water with each child. Swim Diapers required

Dolphin Babies 4 (2.5 to 3.5 years old)

This without caregiver beginner class provides a foundation that helps children achieve comfort with basic swim skills. Students will also learn some basic water safety while working with the instructor.

For your youngest swimmers, there's DolphinBabies, a great introduction to the water for ages 6-months to 3-years.

Financial Aid is available for all qualifying applicants


DolphinTots

DophinTots teaches swimming basics to 3-to-5-year-olds.

Children take classes either once or twice a week. They learn basic swim coordination, entering and exiting the pool, getting their faces wet, floating and gliding and using proper arm and leg motions. They also are introduced to side-breathing techniques and formal strokes including front crawl, back crawl and butterfly.

DolphinTot classes are small and most classes have a ratio of one instructor to four swimmers. The classes are taught by certified American Red Cross water safety instructors and water safety aides. DolphinTot parents or caregivers must remain in the YWCA viewing section above the swimming pool during their child’s class.

DolphinTots levels

RedDolphins: Able to learn swim readiness without a parent:

  • Building confidence in the water without parent in the water.
  • Learns how to get in and out of the pool safely.
  • Learns basic skills during water exploration.

OrangeDolphins: Ready to improve swim readiness skills:

  • Builds confidence in the water.
  • Expands on water safety.
  • Will explore the pool with the use of equipment.

YellowDolphins: Able to swim five yards independently with a basic stroke on their front and back:

  • Gains independence in the pool as well as underwater.
  • Proper stroke technique is introduced with proper breath control.
  • Explore the pool without the use of equipment.

BlueDolphins: Able to swim 15 yards with front crawl and pay attention to what they need to learn:

  • Can swim alone for 12 yds independently.
  • Proper breath control and body position.
  • Explore the pool without the use of equipment.

Financial Aid is available for all qualifying applicants


DolphinPrep

Our DolphinsPrep aquatics programs (ages 5 to 12 and 13 to 18) further build skills and agility.

The DolphinPrep Learn-to-Swim program helps your child gain confidence while improving water skills. This progressive program follows the new American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim guidelines. Classes are taught by certified American Red Cross water safety instructors and water safety aides. Juniors must be tested and placed into the appropriate level by the aquatics supervisors.

More advanced swimmers can also register for Scuba (including PADI Certification, for 10 year-olds and up) or American Red Cross Lifeguard Training.

Levels include all ranges of ability from no experience to accomplished swimmers and range from Level I through Level VI. Juniors are taught the fundamentals and mechanics of beginning swimming and learn formal strokes. Swimmers are encouraged to perfect skills through a structured program that improves technique and builds endurance. Class sizes are small and range from 6-8 children per level.

Levels of Swimming for Dolphin Prep:

Level 1:

  • For the beginner who is comfortable in the water.
  • Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going under water, supported front and back floating, supported rolling over from front to back and back to front, supported gliding, supported flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and jumping in.

Level 2:

  • Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put their head under water.
  • Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating , independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front and back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.

Level 3:

  • Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back.
  • Swimmers will work on: gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breast stroke and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deeper water, treading water, jumping into deep water and compact dives.

Level 4:

  • Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 25 yards.
  • Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and sidestroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to turning at wall, treading water with modified scissors, and diving in kneeling position.

Clinic:

  • Swimmers should already be able to: swim freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke 25 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water, and dive.
  • Swimmers will work on: alternate breathing, stride jump, refinement of: freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick and butterfly, open turn on front and back, feet-first surface dive, and treading water.

Financial Aid is available for all qualifying applicants


Lessons, Clinics, and Lap Swim

An age-appropriate program for advanced swimmers that builds technique, fitness and endurance. Participants also learn competitive swimming as well as advanced safety and rescue skills. Juniors/Teens enrolled in classes, or on the Dolphins Swim Team, may also participate in the clinic.


Private Lessons

Individual lessons teach toddlers, children (3 and older) and adults to swim in a safe and positive environment. Experienced and competitive swimmers can also take lessons to improve their technique. By appointment only.

Individual Lessons or PackageFees
30-minute lesson$75
Package of 4 lessons$275
Package of 8 lessons$500
Package of 12 lessons$720
Package of 24 lessons$1,350
30-minute lesson for Competitive Dolphins$100

Swim Clinic

An age-appropriate program for advanced swimmers that builds technique, fitness and endurance. Participants also learn competitive swimming as well as advanced safety and rescue skills. Juniors/Teens enrolled in classes, or on the Dolphins Swim Team, may also participate in the clinic.

Lap Swim For Teens

Do you enjoy serious recreational swimming or are looking for watery workout? Lap swimming may be just what you’re looking for. Full Membership includes lap swim at no additional Cost. Affiliate Member Lap Swim Pass Rates for Youth ages 15 and up.

Financial Aid is available for all qualifying applicants

For questions about these offerings, contact the YWCA Aquatics Department at 203-869-6501, ext. 121

YWCA Membership is required for all programs.


American Red Cross

Basic Lifeguarding

Ages 15 and above

Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum age: 15 years
  • Swim 300 yards continuously
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, exit the water without using steps or a ladder.

Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

2020 dates:

Session 2: March 10-13

Session 7: June 29-July 3

Classes are 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Lifeguarding & Waterfront Review

An abbreviated Lifeguarding course that briefly reviews course information and allows practice of skills and knowledge before testing.

Prerequisites

  • Current certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is required to participate in the review course.

Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for 2 years.

2020 dates:

Waterfront review: March 13

Basic review: March 20

Waterfront review: April 18

Basic review: June 19

Basic review: June 26

Waterfront review: June 3

Classes are 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Lifeguarding & Waterfront Skills

Ages 15 and above

Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over, including in aquatic facilities in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum age: 15 years
  • Swim 550 yards continuously
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swim 20 yards; Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object; Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point; Exit the water without using steps or a ladder.

Participants who successfully complete this course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and Waterfront Skills, both valid for 2 years.

2020 dates:

Session 3: March 19-20

Session 5: June 18-19

Classes are 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Water Safety Instructor Course

Ages 16 and above

If you are a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This course will help you teach skills that may save a life and prepare you to teach swimming and aquatic awareness.

Prerequisites

  • Successfully complete the instructor course written pretest with a minimum score of 80 percent or better and successfully complete instructor course skills pretest consisting of water safety and swimming skills.

Classes are 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Blended

Ages 15 and above

BLENDED LEARNING FORMAT – our Lifeguard training courses are offered in a blended learning format which allows participants to complete approximately 7 hours worth of ONLINE content outside of class. The online course work will prepare them to attend the in-person skill sessions where they will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Participants MUST REGISTER ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE to allow ample time to start the online coursework prior to Day 1 of training. Email the instructor (s.sudderth@ywcagreenwich.org) once you have registered with the facility to request the Student Syllabus detailing how to access the online course work.

Prerequisites

  • Students must be 15 years of age by the last scheduled day of class, and students must pass a PRE-REQUISITE SWIM SKILLS EVALUATION – see specific course requirements below.

Refund / Cancellation / Transfer Policy: Transfer request with more than 7 days notice will be honored as availability permits without penalty. Cancellation within 7 days prior to the start of Day 1 of your course — no refund applies. Transfer requests within 7 days prior to the start of your course, $75 transfer processing fee applies. No refunds for those who do not successfully meet all course completion requirements. Failed pre-requisite swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training constitutes cancellation. No refund applies. However, those who do not pass the pre-req swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training may request that their registration fee be applied toward a future course offering — a $75 processing fee applies. This forward application of registration fees may be requested only once.

2020 dates:

Session 4: April 14-18

Session 6: June 24-26

For questions contact the YWCA Aquatics Department at 203-869-6501, ext. 121

YWCA Membership is required for all programs.


SCUBA

Discover SCUBA: Choose one free class

Ages 10 to adult, limit 8 per class

Test the waters with a free seminar and try SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) in the pool. Then register for the Open Water Certification Course to earn your certification.

Open-water SCUBA Certification Course

Ages 10 to adult, limit 8 per class

Earn your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Certification. Taught by a master instructor with 30+ years of experience, using state-of-the-art equipment.

Seal Team

Ages 8 to 10, limit 8 per class

Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Seal Team is for young divers looking for an action-packed, adventurous program. Dive with flashlights. Take pictures underwater. Float effortlessly like an astronaut. Learn the basics of safe diving and explore different SCUBA AquaMissions like wreck, navigation, buoyancy, environmental awareness and more.

For questions contact the YWCA Aquatics Department at 203-869-6501, ext. 121

YWCA Membership is required for all programs

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