Swimming

We offer year round swim lessons for members and non members. For our members we offer lap and family swim, life guarding, scuba, swim team, stroke mechanics and a variety of exercise classes. The YMCA offers swim lessons for both preschool and youth. Preschool lessons are 30 minutes long and start at the age of 6 months to 5 years old. Classes are offered in our small pool year round, which is kept at 88 degrees. Preschool classes provide activities which will prepare a child to move in the water, improve strength, flexibility, coordination and self confidence. Youth classes are 45 minutes long and start at 6 years old through 15 years old. Classes are offered in our large pool year round, which is kept at 81 degrees. Youth classes prepare a child for personal safety, stroke development, personal growth and basic rescue.

Swim Lessons

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Preschool/Swim Starters

Accompanied by a parent, infants, toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision.
Swim Lessons STAGE A with ICONStage A  Parent/Child 6 mos. and up to 3 yrs more 

Swim Lessons STAGE B with ICON

Stage B Parent/ Child 6 mos. and up to 3 yrs.

 

Preschool/Swim Basics

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

Swim Lessons STAGE 1 with ICON

Preschool Water Acclimation/Pike 3 yrs to 5 yrs  

Swim Lessons STAGE 2 with ICON

Preschool Water Movement/Eels 3 yrs to 5 yrs

Swim Lessons STAGE 3 with ICON

Preschool Water Stamina/Tadpoles 3 yrs to 5 yrs

 

Preschool/Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills, and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Swim Lessons STAGE 4 with ICON

Preschool Stroke Introduction/Rays 3 yrs to 5 yrs

Preschool Stroke Development/Starfish 3 yrs to 5 yrs

 

Youth/Swim Basics

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

Swim Lessons STAGE 1 with ICON

Water Acclimation/Polliwog Ages 6-12

Swim Lessons STAGE 2 with ICON

Water Movement I/Goldfish Ages 6-12

Water Movement II/Guppy Ages 6-12

Swim Lessons STAGE 3 with ICON

Water Stamina/Minnow Ages 6-12

 

Youth/Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills, and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Swim Lessons STAGE 4 with ICON

Stroke Introduction/Fish Ages 6-12

Swim Lessons STAGE 5 with ICON

Stroke Development/Flying Fish Ages6-12

Swim Lessons STAGE 6 with ICON

Stroke Mechanics/Shark Ages 6-12

 

Swim Team

The Hagerstown YMCA Gators swim team participates in both a summer and a winter league. We compete as a team in scored, dual meets as well as optional invitational meets throughout both seasons. Our team is a competitive swimming program that promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Participants build character values through personal improvement, training, goal-setting, teamwork and competition. In addition, we offer a USA swimming option for our swimmers.

Visit our team’s website for more information.

Lifeguarding

Ages 15 and older. In this course, students learn about the duties and responsibilities of being a lifeguard. Students also learn how to use rescue equipment, rescue a distressed swimmer, rescue an active drowning victim, rescue a passive drowning victim, and manage a suspected head injury victim.

Students must attend all the classes and pass all tests to become a certified lifeguard. In addition, participants must pass the pre-course test.
This test requires:

  • 500 yards of free and/or breaststroke
  • A surface dive to a depth of 7–10 feet
  • Returning to the surface with a 10-pound object
  • Swimming 25 yards back to the starting point
  • Treading water without the use of arms for 2 minutes

When returning to the starting point, the candidate must hold the 10–pound object with both hands and must keep his or her face above the water. These practices require strenuous activity.

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, which includes First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer which is valid for 2 years.

Water Safety Instructor

During our swim instructor certification training courses, you’ll learn how to help individuals enjoy their time in the water safely – and in a wide range of ways. Throughout the courses we’ll focus on many key areas that can help you succeed as aquatics instructor, such as:

  • Water safety at public pools, homes, natural bodies of
  • Hydrodynamics, including why some things float, resistance to movement and creating movement in water, swimming efficiency and laws of levers.
  • Basic safety, survival and swimming skills to help children gain water competency.
  • Helping people with disabilities and other health conditions enjoy the water safely.
  • Higher-level swim skills that help prepare people of all ages for any aquatic activity.
  • Stroke mechanics for all competitive strokes as well as starts, turns and headfirst entries.
  • Fundamentals of diving from a diving board.