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SOMERSET HILLS YMCA SWIM LESSONS




If there are no active classes listed under a specific program, please check back for offerings in our next session's swim program. For additional information, please contact the Aquatics Director, Duke Munzer, via webmail or phone: 908 766 7898 x518.

SWIM CLASSES & PROGRAMS


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Swim Evaluations
Our swim lessons are specifically tailored to the participant’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. Participants will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.

If you have any questions about the appropriate level for your child, please schedule a complimentary evaluation with us.


Drop-in evaluation schedule is as follows:

Friday
August 18
2:30 - 3:00pm
Saturday
August 26
12:10 - 12:30pm
Monday
August 28
5:00 - 5:30pm
Private Swim Lessons

Swimming is a vital life skill. Understanding water safety and how to swim minimizes the risk of drowning while building self-reliance. The Y’s skilled and patient swim instructors offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

Private Swim Lessons Request Form
Family & Open Swim
Throughout the year, family and open swim times are a great way to connect with families and other members. Please check our schedules for family and open swim times.

  • Water Slides at the Stoddard Pool
    Riders must be 48” tall. Slides are not active during swim meets. Please check our schedules for family and open swim times.
Infant & Toddler Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 6 months to 3 years)
  • Water Discovery: Infant (6 months to 1 year | formerly Skippers)
    Parent/child class in which infants are encouraged to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. No Prerequisite.

  • Water Discovery: Toddler (1 to 2 years | formerly Perch)
    Parent/child class in which toddlers are encouraged to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. No Prerequisite.

  • Water Exploration: Toddler (2 to 3 years | formerly Swim Fundamentals)
    Parent/child class in which toddlers explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental water safety skills. Child should be comfortable entering and exiting pool with parent.

Preschool Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 3 to 5 years)
  • Stage 1: Water Acclimation (3 to 5 years | formerly Pike)
    Develops comfort with underwater exploration and with safely exiting the pool. No prerequisite.

  • Stage 2: Water Movement (3 to 5 years | formerly Pickerel/Eel)
    Focuses on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water. Child should be comfortably able to go underwater, to front and back float, and to swim assisted for 10 feet.

  • Stage 3: Water Stamina (3 to 5 years | formerly Eel/Eel Electric Eel)
    Introduces rhythmic breathing, swimming on back, integrated arm and leg action and
    swimming to safety from a longer distance. Child should be able to float unassisted, to glide off then return to the wall, and to swim on front for 20 feet.

  • Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (3 to 5 years | formerly Ray/Starfish)
    Develops stroke technique in front and back crawl and reinforces water safety
    through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child should be able to swim on their
    front and back for 15 yards unassisted and tread water for 15 seconds.

  • Swim School (3 to 5 years)

    Swimming is a vital skill that makes life safer and more fun. Swim School at Somerset Hills YMCA offers you the convenience of pre-enrolling your child in swim lessons for the entire school year.

    Classes run from the fall (September 11, 2017) through the spring (June 8, 2018), with no classes November 20-24, December 25 - January 1, and Spring Break week, TBD. Register by August 1.


    WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

    *30 minute class once a week
    *Classes are offered Mon-Fri, 10:00am-2:30pm
    *Same instructor which helps to build trust and comfort for your child
    *Your child will benefit from having continuous learning.
    *Easy one-time enrollment (no need to re-enroll each session)
    *Choice of a private, semi-private, or group classes
    *Smaller group classes of 3 allow for greater instruction time and attention.
    *Parents have the convenience of making a one-time payment or paying in monthly installments.


    Group Lesson: $675 per child
    Semi-private lesson: $900 per child
    Private Lesson: $1325 per child


    For more information, please contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or via webmail.

    Swim School Information

School Age Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 6 years to 11 years)
  • Stage 1: Water Acclimation (6 to 11 years, formerly Polliwog)
    Develops comfort with underwater exploration and with safely exiting the pool. No prerequisite.

  • Stage 2: Water Movement (6 to 11 years, formerly Tadpole)
    Focuses on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water. Child should be comfortably able to go underwater, to front and back float, and to swim unassisted for 20 feet.

  • Stage 3: Water Stamina (6 to 11 years | formerly Guppy)
    Introduces rhythmic breathing, swimming on back, integrated arm and leg action and swimming to safety from a longer distance. Child should be able to float unassisted, to glide off then return to the wall, and to swim on front for 25 feet.

  • Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (6 to 11 years | formerly Minnow)
    Develops stroke technique in front and back crawl, introduces breaststroke and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child should be able to swim on their front and back for 25 yards unassisted and tread water for 30 seconds.

  • Stage 5: Stroke Development (6 to 11 years | formerly Fish)
    Continues work on stroke technique, teaches all major competitive strokes and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Child should be able to swim front and back crawl for 50 yards, have knowledge of breaststroke, and tread water for 45 seconds.

  • Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics (6 to 11 years | formerly Flying Fish/Shark)
    Refines technique on all major competitive strokes, introduces competitive swimming and incorporates swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Child should be able to swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke for 100 yards and have knowledge of butterfly kick.
  • Stage 7: Stroke Endurance (6 to 11 years | formerly Shark/Stroke Mechanics)
    Improves stroke technique and utilizes longer distance swimming to build endurance. Child should be able to swim front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke for 100 yards with little correction and be able to complete 50 yards of butterfly kick.

  • Stage 8: Stroke Refinement, Starts & Turns (8 to 11 years | formerly Intro to Competitive Swim)
    Explores competitive swimming to include developing swimming strokes and learning how to do starts and flip turns. Child should be able to swim all four competitive strokes for 100 yards with little correction and have basic knowledge of diving.
  • F.A.S.T. Clinic (7 to 10 years)

    The F.A.S.T. (Fitness and Stroke Technique) Swim Clinic is a 2-day/week swim practice, for kids age 7 years through 10 years, focused on conditioning and stroke mechanics and stroke refinement. A swim evaluation is required. Must be a YMCA member.

    Participants should be able to swim the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) with little correction and should also be comfortable swimming multiple laps over a period of time while taking direction.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

    *Additional F.A.S.T. Clinics are offered for children ages 11-14 under Teen Swim Classes & Programs.

  • F.A.S.T. Tryouts (Ages 8 years to 10 years)
Teen Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 12 to 16 years)
  • Swim Basics: Teen (12 to 16 years | formerly Teen Beginner)
    Introduces personal water safety, basic swimming skills and the fundamentals of front and back crawl. No Prerequisite.

  • Swim Strokes: Teen (12 to 16 years | formerly Teen Intermediate)
    Builds upon water safety skills and front and back crawl mastered in Swim Basics, while building stroke technique and introducing breaststroke and swimming for fitness.

  • Swim Endurance: Teen (12 to 16 years | formerly Teen Advanced)
    Having mastered the competitive strokes of front and back crawl and breaststroke, students will build upon their knowledge and learn butterfly.

  • F.A.S.T. Clinic (11 to 14 years)

    The F.A.S.T. (Fitness and Stroke Technique) Swim Clinic is a 2-day/week swim practice, for kids age 11 years through 14 years, focused on conditioning and stroke mechanics and stroke refinement. A swim evaluation is required. Must be a YMCA member.

    Participants should be able to swim the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) with little correction and should also be comfortable swimming multiple laps over a period of time while taking direction.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

  • F.A.S.T. Tryouts (11 to 14 years)
Adult Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 17+ years)
  • Swim Basics: Adult (17+ years | formerly Adult Beginner)
    Introduces personal water safety, basic swimming skills and the fundamentals of front and back crawl. No Prerequisite.

  • Swim Strokes: Adult (17+ years | formerly Adult Intermediate)
    Builds upon water safety skills and front and back crawl mastered in Swim Basics, while building stroke technique and introducing breaststroke and swimming for fitness.

  • U.S. Masters Swimming
    Our U.S. Masters Swimming program appropriately challenges beginner to competitive swimmers by improving stroke technique. Whether you are a traditional competitive master’s swimmer, an open water swimmer, a triathlete, or you just want to swim for fun, this program is for you! Not only is swimming a life skill, but this program will help you develop a healthier lifestyle through swimming, build friendships through our members, and grow by meeting your personal fitness goals.

    Learn more
  • Water Exercise

    Water exercise is great for adults of all ages and abilities looking for fun and fitness in a low impact environment. Classes are offered in the daytime and on some evenings as well as “on your own” opportunities to water walk and do your own workout routine.

    Water Exercise Mt Airy Schedule

    For more information, please contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or via webmail.

    To learn more about our other programs for Active Older Adults, please contact Lynne Applebaum at 908 630 3522 or via webmail.

  • Arthritis and WET (Water Exercise Together)

    AFYAP is a class consisting of a series of gentle activities in the pool open to anyone with arthritis or similar rheumatic diseases. W.E.T. is gentle aerobics, flexibility and light strength training in a warm, therapeutic pool. It is not necessary to know how to swim for either class. Free to members and a fee for non-members. Pre-registration is necessary. Please register at the Welcome Center.

    Water Exercise Mt Airy Schedule

    For more information, please contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or via webmail.

     

S.T.A.R.S. Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs (Ages 3 to 12 years)
S.T.A.R.S. (Sharing Therapies And Realizing Self Strengths) Swim Lessons for children with special needs group children together based on similar abilities and guide them through swim lessons in a smaller staff-to-student ratio than traditional swim classes. To help select the appropriate class for your child, please see our Swim Lesson Selector tools. For children who require individual attention, please inquire about our Private Swim Lessons.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Beginner (Ages 3 to 12 years)

    This class is designed to mirror a typical Preschool Stage 1 or Stage 2 YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Advanced Beginner (Ages 3 to 12 years)
    This class is designed to mirror a typical Preschool Stage 3-4 or School Age Stage 2 YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Intermediate (Ages 3 to 12 years)
    This class is designed to mirror a typical Preschool Stage 4 or School Age Stage 3 YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Safety Around Water (Ages 3 to 10 years)
Knowing how to swim is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s free Safety Around Water swim program (held in May during Water Safety Month) can help you make sure your children learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

Learn more about the Safety Around Water Program
SHY Swim Team
Somerset Hills YMCA's Swim Team, comprised of 200 swimmers between the ages of 7 and 18, competes year-round in both YMCA and USA-sanctioned swimming events. Swimmers are led by ASCA and USA Swimming certified professional coaches.

  • Swimmers are placed in practice groups based on age and ability.
  • The primary season runs from September through March and swimmers have the opportunity to compete on a dual meet team and in championship meets.
  • Summer long course season runs from April through July.

Learn more about joining the team