Swimming Lessons for Kids | Wasaga Beach YMCA

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Programs offered by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka vary by session and location. See current Wasaga Beach YMCA program schedule for availability and class times.

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Swim lessons for kids not only saves lives, it builds self-confidence and develops the whole person – spirit, mind and body.  We offer a wide range of swimming lesson options for the whole family. Classes are divided into ability groups and trained instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills while guiding students with praise and encouragement.

The Wasaga Beach YMCA offers a wide range of swimming options to improve swimming skills, build confidence in the water, and teach personal safety.

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Swimming Lessons to Keep Your Baby Safe & Healthy



Skills include becoming familiar with the water, entering and exiting water assisted, putting face in the water, blowing bubbles, and assisted front and back floats.


Skills include unassisted bobs, kicking with the face in the water, unassisted front and back floats, and assisted front glide.


Skills include deep water awareness, assisted jumps into deep water, instruction to sitting dives, retrieving objects in chest deep water, and assisted deep water front and back floats


Skills include introduction to boating safety, jumping into deep water with a PFD, front and back floats in deep water unassisted and front and back glides.


Skills include introduction to ice safety, sitting or kneeling dives in deep water, front swim for 15 metres, and front and back somersaults.


Skills include standing dives, deep water bobs, surface support for 45 seconds, front and back swim for 25 metres, and introduction to front crawl.


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Introduction to pool safety, submersion and glides.


Focus on kicking and rolling.


Participants learn and focus on coordination for front and back crawl.


Skills include a focus on front and back crawl.

Star 1

Skills include a focus on back glide with whip kick.

Star 2

Skills include a focus on front glide and whip kick.

Star 3

Skills include focus on elementary backstroke.

Star 4

Participants learn and focus on breaststroke and sidestroke.

Star 5

Skills include boating safety and self-rescue, introduction to butterfly, and a 500 metre continuous swim.

Star 6

Focuses on first aid and victim rescue skills, 600 metre continuous swim, introduction to waltz crawl, inverted breaststroke and double-over-arm breaststroke.

Master Swimmer

It is the intent of YMCA Master Swimmer instruction to complete the Star Patrol Award, review and improve stroke techniques, improve endurance to 700 metres, and prepare the swimmer for leadership for lifeguard role.

Open Swim

A recreational opportunity for members of all ages to enjoy a leisurely swim in our pool.


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