STRONG SWIMMERS, CONFIDENT KIDS
STRONG SWIMMERS CONFIDENT KIDS
Teaching children and adults how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills we can provide. This not only saves lives and creates awareness of water safety, it builds confidence and character. As part of The Granite YMCA’s ongoing commitment to aquatics and water safety, we are continually reviewing and updating our policies and procedures to ensure that we are providing a safe and quality environment for our members and their families.
We wanted to share some new and exciting information about the changes to our YMCA swimming lessons curriculum that will be officially implemented during our Fall II program session (effective October 30).
Class Names & Levels: the familiar fish names are being retired, and the new swim lessons are arranged in a numbered leveling system with descriptive skill based names. As a result, class levels will have less of a focus on age groups and will be divided accordingly by skills. Progression into the next level occurs only when all skills have been learned and mastered. Find the right swim class to fit your swim level. Click here for our swim lesson suggested placement chart.
Class Curriculum: all lessons will have a greater focus on safety around the water with an emphasis on floating and developing self reliance and comfort in putting the face in the water. New skill based instruction will maximize physical activity, elevate character development, and engage families. Click here to view descriptions for each of the new swim stages
Unified Lesson Plans: instructors will use basic visual lesson plans for each level and each day of the session. These will be customized to include activities from a provided skill and topic library or by using their own creativity. There will also be all new handouts and achievement reports. Programs will be more similar from branch to branch and even at other YMCA associations.
For more information, please contact
Anna-Lise LeBlanc, Aquatics Director
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown
Ronny Rose, Aquatics Coordinator
YMCA of Downtown Manchester