Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

 Swim, Sports & Play

 

PRESCHOOL AND YOUTH LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

Ages 6 Months – 3

Shrimp/Kipper: Ages 6 months to 2 years with Parent. This class is an introductory class for those children just starting out, with parents in the pool with them. It introduces children to the water through songs and games.

Inia/Perch: Ages 2 to 3 years with Parent. This class is an introductory class for those children who are just starting out and need a parent in the water with them. This class helps get children comfortable and more independent in the water. Buoyancy belts are used along with skills and songs. Must be ready to be independent from parent before moving to Pike.

Ages 3 - 5

Pike: This is a non-swimmer or a child who does not like to get their face wet. Buoyancy belts are used. Must be able to swim half the width of the small pool without floatation to pass to Eel level.

Eel: This child must be able to get their face wet and paddle halfway across the pool without floatation. We are working off floatation devices and the child should show confidence without the belt. Beginner stroke skills are being taught at this level. Must be able to swim the length of the small pool without floatation before moving into Eel.

Rays: For children who are swimming without buoyancy belts. They can put their whole face under and are ready to learn more skills; like diving, front crawl arms, back crawl, elementary back stroke, etc. This class takes place primarily in the big pool, so they must be able to swim the length of the small pool to be in this level, or swim the length of the big pool to advance to Starfish.

Starfish: For children who can swim 25yds on their front and back. They will continue learning the breathing with the front crawl and the whip kick for the elementary back stroke. In addition, they will also be able to tread water, do the survival float, and learn kneel and stand up dives.

Ages 6 and Up

Polliwogs: For the older child who has never had lessons; may be hesitant to get their face wet or who is still doggy paddling. Focus on water adjustment, beginner’s strokes and floating. Must be able to swim width of small pool to move up to Guppy level.

Guppy: This child has gone through Pike-Starfish and/or Polliwogs. They are ready to go into the deeper water and work on the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and endurance at a much higher level. Basic sidestroke will be introduced. They will be introduced to the big pool towards the end of the session. Must be able to do front crawl with rudimentary rotary breathing and be able to swim 25 yards before moving up to Minnow.

Minnow: This child is ready to start doing laps and really working on perfecting their strokes with the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and sidestroke. All of these will go for a longer distance than the previous class. They will also learn safety skills like, jumping in the water with a life jacket on, the H.E.L.P. position and the Huddle position. Diving will be introduced in this class. Must be able to do front and back stroke proficiently and be working towards breast stroke before moving to the Fish level or join Developmental Swim Team (fee based program).

Fish: This child will start learning Sculling, feet first surface dives, and open turns on front and back. They will be able to tread water and float more. Stroke skills will continue to be developed, including breast stroke. The butterfly stroke will be introduced. Must be able to do all strokes, and working to perfect breast stroke to move to Flying Fish/Shark level or Developmental Swim Team.

Flying Fish: This child is starting to work on numerous yards for all the strokes; front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and sidestroke. Flip turns, open speed turns with glides, pullouts for breaststroke turns, along with the approach stroke and more on the butterfly. Students will learn Pike and Tuck surface dives along with safety issues like the throwing rescue tubes or buoys. Must know all stroke skills, and working towards perfecting butterfly and distance swimming to move to Shark level.

Sharks: This class is for those students who have successfully passed Flying Fish and are ready to increase their skill level by learning about swimming in open water, learn how to take your pulse and swim within that range. Work on crawl strokes with flip turns, breaststrokes w/pull out, trudgen crawl, swim an IM 200 yards, and learn how to use pace clocks. You will also learn more about lifeguarding skills and about ice safety and ice rescue.

**Please note that the age ranges provided are a helpful guideline. We recommend reviewing the level requirements when choosing a class for your child.

To browse complete fall session program information and to register online, visit: http://www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/take-a-class

Eel Swim Lessons

This child must be able to get their face wet and paddle halfway across the pool without floatation. We are working off floatation devices and the child should show confidence without the belt. Beginner stroke skills are being taught at this level. Must be able to swim the length of the small pool without floatation before moving into Eel.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Monday 3:30pm-4:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Tuesday 4:00pm-4:30pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Thursday 4:00pm-4:30pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Friday 10:15am-10:45am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Saturday 10:50am-11:20am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Guppy Swim Lessons

This child has gone through Pike-Starfish and/or Polliwogs. They are ready to go into the deeper water and work on the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and endurance at a much higher level. Basic sidestroke will be introduced. They will be introduced to the big pool towards the end of the session. Must be able to do front crawl with rudimentary rotary breathing and be able to swim 25 yards before moving up to Minnow.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Monday 6:15pm-7:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Wednesday 4:40pm-5:25pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Saturday 9:00am-9:45am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Pike Swim Lessons

This is a non-swimmer or a child who does not like to get their face wet. Buoyancy belts are used. Must be able to swim half the width of the small pool without floatation to pass to Eel level.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Monday 4:00pm-4:30pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Tuesday 3:30pm-4:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Tuesday 4:30pm-5:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Wednesday 4:05pm-4:35pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Thursday 10:30am-11:00am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Thursday 3:30pm-4:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Friday 9:45am-10:15am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Saturday 10:15am-10:45am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Polliwog Swim Lessons

For the older child who has never had lessons; may be hesitant to get their face wet or who is still doggy paddling. Focus on water adjustment, beginner?s strokes and floating. Must be able to swim width of small pool to move up to Guppy level.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Monday 5:30pm-6:15pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Wednesday 5:30pm-6:15pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Saturday 8:10am-8:55am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Ray/Starfish Swim Lessons

Rays: For children who are swimming without buoyancy belts. They can put their whole face under and are ready to learn more skills; like diving, front crawl arms, back crawl, elementary back stroke, etc. This class takes place primarily in the big pool, so they must be able to swim the length of the small pool to be in this level, or swim the length of the big pool to advance to Starfish. 

Starfish: For children who can swim 25yds on their front and back. They will continue learning the breathing with the front crawl and the whip kick for the elementary back stroke. In addition, they will also be able to tread water, do the survival float, and learn kneel and stand up dives.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Wednesday 3:30pm-4:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Thursday 4:30pm-5:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Shrimp/Kipper/Inia/Perch Swim Lessons

Shrimp/Kipper: Ages 6 months to 2 years with Parent. This class is an introductory class for those children just starting out, with parents in the pool with them. It introduces children to the water through songs and games.
Inia/Perch: Ages 2 to 3 years with Parent. This class is an introductory class for those children who are just starting out and need a parent in the water with them. This class helps get children comfortable and more independent in the water. Buoyancy belts are used along with skills and songs. Must be ready to be independent from parent before moving to Pike.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Tuesday 5:00pm-5:30pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Thursday 10:00am-10:30am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Thursday 5:00pm-5:30pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Friday 9:15am-9:45am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Saturday 9:45am-10:15am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Private Swim Lessons

One 30 minute lesson

One 1 hour lesson

Two 30 minute lessons

Two 1 hour lessons

Three 30 minute lessons

Three 1 hour lessons

Four 30 minute lessons

Four 1 hour lessons

Five 30 minute lessons

Five 1 hour lessons

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

One 30 minute lesson

One 1 hour lesson

Two 30 minute lessons

Two 1 hour lessons

Three 30 minute lessons

Three 1 hour lessons

Four 30 minute lessons

Four 1 hour lessons

Five 30 minute lessons

Five 1 hour lessons

Kids Yoga (3-5 yrs)

In Children's Yoga, kids will have the opportunity to exercise while learning and having fun. Classes will focus on stretching, yoga postures and focused quiet time. Each class includes an interactive story where children use yoga and their imagination to become part of the story! Children will develop skills in balance, strength, focus and listening in this relaxed, fun class.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Friday 9:45am-10:15am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Intro to Dance & Ballet (3-4 yrs)

From barre to Balanchine, ballet is wonderful for strength, flexibility and coordination. Students will spend 45 minutes learning traditional vocabulary, skills and movement sequences of this dance genre as well as have fun exploring a different classic ballet. We'll work toward creating our own dance from the story for family and friends to perform at the last class.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Saturday 8:30am-9:15am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options:

Saturday 8:30am-9:15am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Ballet (5-6 yrs)

From barre to Balanchine, ballet is wonderful for strength, flexibility and coordination. Students will spend 45 minutes learning traditional vocabulary, skills and movement sequences of this dance genre as well as have fun exploring a different classic ballet. We'll work toward creating our own dance from the story for family and friends to perform at the last class.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Saturday 9:30am-10:15am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options:

Saturday 9:30am-10:15am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Intro to Cheer (4-7 yrs)

Children ages 3-5 will use the magic of their imaginations as they explore arts, literature and creative movement in one class.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Saturday 12:30pm-1:15pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options:

Saturday 12:30pm-1:15pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Pirate Play (3-5 yrs)

An introduction to the various events related to Track, outdoors weather permitting.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Wednesday 11:15am-12:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Saturday 11:30am-12:15pm  (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Intro to Track & Field (6-10)

An introduction to the various events related to Track, outdoors weather permitting.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Saturday 10:00am-10:45am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Basketball Skills & Drills (6-8)

Learn basic skills and run drills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Thursday 3:45pm-4:45pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Zumba Kida (7-12)

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Thursday 4:00pm-4:45pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options:

Thursday 4:00pm-4:45pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Youth Martial Arts

This street smart self-defense class will provide awareness, confidence, skill and situational psychology for youths to defend themselves in real life situations. Stressed is the fact that not fighting is the only way to “win” a fight.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm (September 7, 2015 - October 23, 2015)

Space Explorers (3-5 yrs)

Fall II Day & Time Options:

Wednesday 11:15am-12:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Saturday 11:30am-12:15pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)