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.

Greater Portland
70 Forest Ave
Portland ME 04101
207-874-1111

 

 

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.

 

Our Spring Session runs from April 27 - June 14 and our Summer Session runs from June 22 - August 9.
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL SQUASH
Registration Category: Court Sports
     Date:  Ongoing
     Day:  Tues & Thurs
     Time:  3:15pm - 5:00pm
     Ages:  High School
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
Program goals include:  introducing athletes to a new, lifelong sport that cam become part of a healthy lifestyle and help build individual skills through group and one on one instruction.
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL SQUASH
Registration Category: Court Sports
     Date:  Ongoing
     Day:  Wed & Fri
     Time:  2:30pm - 5:30pm
     Ages:  Middle School
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
This program is intended to introduce youth to a sport that can become part of a healthy lifestyle; building individual skills through group and one on one instruction; creating opportunities for individual and team competition.  There is one hour instruction and one hour homework help.
 
 
 
YOUTH PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
Registration Category: Swim Lessons - Private
     Date:  Ongoing
     Day:  By Appt
     Ages:  6 months - 18 years
     Fees:  30 minutes: $30; 1 hour: $49
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
These lessons are for individuals who prefer one-on-one instruction or whose schedule varies week-to week. Call the Y with any questions. Times and days are tailored to the needs of the participant.
 
 
 
 
YOUTH SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
Registration Category: Swim Lessons - Private
     Date:  Ongoing
     Day:  By Appt
     Ages:  6 months - 18 years
     Fees:  30 minutes: $25; 1 hour: $40
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
These lessons are for personalized instruction or whose schedule caries week to week. Call the Y with any questions. Time and days are tailored to meet the needs of the participants. Minimum of two individuals required for Semi-Private lessons. *Change: Minimum of two individuals with similar swimming ability required.
 
 
 
 
YOUTH SWIM LESSONS (SPRING)
Registration Category: Swim Lessons - Youth
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Mon - Sat
     Time:  Times vary & multiple classes are offered. Please visit our website or check with any branch for a complete list of times.
     Ages:  6 months – 18 years
     Fees:  Family Member: Free;  Youth Member: $61
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
 
 
 
 
YOUTH SWIM LESSONS (SUMMER)
Registration Category: Swim Lessons - Youth
     Date:  Session 1: 6/23 to 7/4  4x a week
            Session 1A: 6/23 to 7/18 2x a week
            Session 2: 7/7 to 7/18 4x a week
            Session 3: 7/21 to 8/1 4x a week
            Session 3A: 7/21 to 8/15 2x a week
            Session 4: 8/4 to 8/15 4x a week
     Day:  Mon - Sat
     Time:  Times vary & multiple classes are offered.  Please visit our website or check with any branch for a complete list of times.
     Ages:  Varies by level
     Fees:  Family Member: Free:  Youth Member: $61
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
 
 
 
 
 
PORPOISE CLUB
Registration Category: Swim Team
     Date:  Spring & Summer
     Day:  Mon & Weds, Tues
     Time:  Mon & Weds: 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Tues: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
     Ages:  7- 15 years
     Fees:  Once a week (Tues): $70; 
            Twice a week (Mon & Weds): $105
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
Do you like to swim but are a little unsure about competition? Would you like to improve your stroke skills and learn more about the competitive rules without competing? Try out Developmental Swim Team. Must be able to swim the length of the big pool with an efficient front and back stroke or have passed the Minnow level. Developmental Swim Team is not a prerequisite for joining the Stripers Swim Team. It is primarily designed for those children who wish not to compete in meets. Members must have already participated in the Intermediate class before moving into the Advanced group.
 
 
 
 
SUMMER SWIM TEAM
Registration Category: Swim Team
PORTLAND POLAR BEARS
     Date:  May 5 – July 25
     Day:  Mon - Thurs
     Time:  5:30pm - 8:45pm
     Ages:  6 - 18 years
     Fees:  10 & under: $210; 11 & over: $280
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
Swim Team is a great way to develop a life-long activity, create lasting relationships and have fun while learning good sportsmanship as well as the YMCA core values: honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility. Swimmers compete against their own age and gender, but participate with boys and girls of a variety of ages. Throughout the season the team works on stroke technique, endurance, starts, and turns. Practice times and group assignments will be based on age, skill, and self-discipline. Please contact each branch for more details such as meet requirements, practice groups, and other specifics.  For those interested in joining, please visit our website or call your local branch!
 
 
 
 
 
BALLET
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Tues, Weds
     Time:  Tues: 4:00pm – 4:45pm (3-4 years)
            Tues: 4:45pm – 5:30pm (4-5 years)
            Weds: 4:15pm – 4:45pm (5-6 years)
            Weds: 5:00pm - 5:45pm (7-10 years)
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required  
From beginning barre to Balanchine, ballet is wonderful for strength, flexibility and coordination. Students will spend 45 minutes learning traditional vocabulary and various movement skills of this dance genre. Each session, we will explore a different classic ballet and work towards creating our own version for family and friends.  Tutus are encouraged!
 
 
 
 
EXPLORING DANCE
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Spring & Summer
     Day:  Thurs, Sat
     Time:  Thurs: 11:15am - 12:00pm (3-5 years)
            Thurs: 12:00pm - 12:45pm (6-8 years) *Summer Only*
            Sat: 11:00am - 11:45am (6-8 years)
            Sat: 12:00pm - 12:45pm (3-5 years)
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
Exploring dance in many forms, this class teaches fundamentals of movement valuable in all dance!  Through traditional exercises and creative play, our little dancers will discover the joys of movement and acquire new skills with themes, keeping students engaged and supporting ongoing dance training.
 
 
 
 
HIP HOP
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Mon
     Time:  4:30pm - 5:15pm (5-6 years)
            5:15pm - 6:00pm (7-10 years)
     Ages:  ages 5-6
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
Energetic and fun, hip hop dance is a great outlet for kids! From freezes to footwork, students will explore hip hop with creative, age -appropriate moves to some of their favorite music, and some old beats too. Each session will culminate in a performance for family and friends. Come join us for a rocking class Mondays after school!
 
 
 
 
KID’S GYM
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Fri
     Time:  10:00am - 10:45am
     Ages:  3 - 5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
This class is 45 minutes of gym fun, just for the kids! Students will explore a variety of activities based in playground games and team sports. We’ll have fun with balls, nets, parachutes, scooters and more! Each week will introduce new games and skills, guaranteeing a fun class and great energy outlet as it cools down outside.
 
 
 
KID’S TUMBLING
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Weds
     Time:  10:00am - 10:45am
     Ages:  3 - 5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
Designed to teach basic gymnastic skills, this class is 45 minutes of rolling, jumping and balancing fun! Exciting equipment and games will be used to engage eager students in beginning gymnastic skills, while encouraging improved coordination and inventive problem solving. Come tumble with Kim!
 
 
 
 
MUNCHKIN TRIPLE PLAY
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Tues
     Time:  10:00am - 10:45am
     Ages:  3 - 5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
Basketball, soccer and baseball fundamentals will be explored in this energetic 45-minute class. This trio of sports will provide an exciting way to get kids moving while learning a valuable skill set! Join us as we learn about dribbling, dodging and diamonds!
 
 
 
 
PRE SCHOOL YOGA ADVENTURE
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Mon
     Time:  3:45pm - 4:30pm
     Ages:  3 - 5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
Say OM! Young students will gain the benefits of regular yoga practice in this fun 45 minute class, tailored to their abilities and attentions. Pre-schoolers will learn many poses as we adventure through a fun yoga class with games, songs and play!
 
 
 
 
SPORTS MIX
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Spring
     Day:  Tues
     Time:  4:00pm - 4:45pm (4-6 years)
            5:00pm - 5:45pm (7-10 years)
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
Burn some of that after-school energy with a mix of seasonal sports and exciting games! We’ll explore skills of many winter and spring sports, from basketball to baseball (and many more). Class is great for beginners and more advanced athletes, too. Bring your “A” game!
 
 
 
SUMMER KIDS SPORTS AND GAMES
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Summer
     Day:  Tues
     Time:  10:00am - 11:00am
     Ages:  3 - 10 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $19; Individual
            Member: $53; Non-Member: $105
Pre-Registration Required 
Come explore different sports and games this summer! Kids will play games. Each day will have structured activities for building important skills, fun new games, as well as free play time. We will explore many activities, from basketball to freeze tag to tumbling! It’s a great way for everyone to get moving!