WHEELING YMCA

55 Lounez Ave

Wheeling, West Virginia

(304) 242 -8086

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Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.

We’re here for everyone.

All ages- from infants to seniors- can learn how to swim. Check out our class offerings below to find one that fits your family’s busy schedule.

Swim Starters Class

Accompanied by a parent*, infants and 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.

*We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.

Stage Descriptions:

A/Water Discovery introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

B/Water Exploration focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Swim Basics Class (for Preschool and School Age)

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim (sequencing front glide, roll, back float, front glide and exit) along with jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement and Water Stamina students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety, also how to exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

Stage Descriptions: 

1/Water Acclimation increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2/Water Movement encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3/Water Stamina develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Swim Strokes Class (for Preschool and School Age)

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.

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Stage Descriptions:

4/Stroke Introduction introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl, back crawl; reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5/Stroke Development introduces breast stroke and butterfly; reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

6/Stroke Mechanics refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Teen and Adult

Group swim lessons are open to teens and adults. They also have the option of private or semi-private lessons. Individuals will move at their own pace.

Pricing and Schedule

Members: $40, Additional Child: $30

Non-members: $80, No second child discount

This is an 8 week course. Classes will meet on Mondays or Saturdays. Class days are not interchangeable.

Mondays: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Saturdays: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20 & 27; May 4

Age Groups and Times:

6 months – 2.5 years: Monday 5-5:30pm, Saturday 11-11:30am

3-5 years: Monday 6-6:45pm, Saturday 9-9:45am

6 & up: Monday 7-7:45pm, Saturday 10-10:45am

*Class time is determined by age. Lessons will be tailored to child’s skill level.

Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-private swim lessons are two students at a time, 30 minutes long and are scheduled with an instructor at your convenience.

Members Pricing:

3 lessons $100

5 lessons $150

7 lessons (receive an additional lesson free) $215

9 lessons (receive two additional lessons free) $280

Non-members Pricing:

3 lessons $120

5 lessons $180

7 lessons (receive an additional lesson free) $265

9 lessons (receive two additional lessons free) $330

Private Lessons

Private lessons swim lessons are one student at a time, 30 minutes long and are scheduled with an instructor at your convenience.

Members Pricing:

3 lessons $65

5 lessons $100

7 lessons (receive an additional lesson free) $145

9 lessons (receive two additional lessons free) $185

Non-members Pricing:

3 lessons $75

5 lessons $120

7 lessons (receive additional lesson free) $175

9 lessons (receive two additional lessons free) $220

To schedule private or semi-private lessons or if you have additional questions please contact our Aquatics Director Jill at 304-242-8086 or send her an email at jill.paul@wheelingymca.org.