An upgraded curriculum created by the YMCA of the USA, our new swim curriculum is based on extensive research, and we look forward to seeing swimmers advance more quickly through the stages. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy water safety while also learning to swim. The fun fish names we previously used to identify the different levels have been replaced with names that more closely relate to the skills we will be working on is each stage.
Lap swim can be used for swimming laps, water walking and excercising with or without equipment. Lap swim can not be used for open play.
Family swim time - no reservation is needed. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.
During the month of June, only private swim lessons are available. To schedule, contact Sonia Jaziri, Aquatics Coordinator, at 937-492-9134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure what level your child should be in? Check out the Swim Lesson Selector
In-person lessons begin July 6th! • NOTE: For swimmers in Levels 1-3, a parent/adult MUST be in the water with their child.
Parent with Child Lessons
Preschool Swim Lessons
Level 1 Water Acclimation
|Youth Swim Lessons
Level 2 Water Movement 2
Level 3 Water Stamina
Level 4 Stroke Introduction
Level 5 Stroke Development
Level 6 Stroke Mechanics
Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Available by appointment, please visit the Welcome Center for more information.
Adult Swim Lessons are also available by appointment only.
Private: 30 Minutes, 45 Minutes
Semi-Private: 30 Minutes, 45 Minutes
Value Packages Available!
Visit our Welcome Center or contact Sonia Jaziri at (937) 492-9134 or email@example.com
YMCA Swim Team stroke development clinics are for beginner swimmers looking to improve stroke technique, as well as experienced swimmers looking to refine their skills. The stroke clinic focuses on one competitive stroke at a time building technique, strength, speed, starts and turns. Swimmers will be divided into small groups based on swimming ability so that instructors can modify instruction appropriately. Participants should be at least age 5 and one of the following: completed level 3 of YMCA Progressive swim lessons, completed at least 1 year of YMCA swim team, or have approval from the Aquatics Coordinator.
July 21, 23, 28, 30 Freestyle and Backstroke
August 4, 6, 11, 13 Breastroke
August 18, 20, 25, 27 Butterfly
Visit our Welcome Center or call (937) 492-9134.
We offer shallow water classes and deep water classes that give a cardiovascular workout using the water as resistance, but is easy on the joints. These classes are included with your membership!
*Open Registration for Group Exercise classes begins one week before the start of each new monthly session. Register online or stop by the Welcome Center.
Re-Certification by appointment
Blended Learning Courses for Lifeguarding and for CPR (combo of in-person and online) are offered several times throughout the year.
Learn more. Call 937-492-9134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Safety Week Videos, Tips & Activities:
Many thanks to our sponsors, Minster Bank, Ruese Insurance, and the Sidney Daily News, for supporting our 2020 Virtual Water Safety Week, June 1-4! This FREE program was presented to the community in an effort to help children learn to feel comfortable and safe around the water. Even though we were unable to meet in person this year, we hope you had fun! You can find all of our videos and activities on this page. Feel free to re-watch and share!
WATER SAFETY WEEK DAY 1 -
Dry Land Activity, Day #1 - Who’s Watching Me?
Supplies: Real items used by lifeguards (whistle, swim suit, etc.), Silly items (construction hat, sword, tool belt, fake cell phone, magazine, etc.)
Set up: Display a mix of both real items used by lifeguards and silly items.
Play: You put on or hold the items one at a time (if you have more than one child give them each a turn to put on or hold the items while the other(s) perform the next part) Ask your child to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to indicate whether the item helps the person actively supervise people in a pool (Thumbs up) or could distract them (Thumbs down)
The Takeaway: Active supervision is essential to keeping people safe in the water. Never swim without a lifeguard or adult actively supervising the water.
Supplies: A variety of long objects that will float (ex. Pool noodles, broom handles, kickboards, etc.)
Set up: Divide into teams of 2. Each group gets an object that floats
Play: Each pair stands facing each other a little farther than arm’s length apart. The pairs practice reaching towards each other to pass the object back and forth, then take a step back to practice tossing the object back and forth. Next, the pairs lie on their tummies to practice passing the object back and forth, using multiple objects to see which one works best.
The Takeaway: If someone is in trouble in the water, reach out with a long object to throw something that floats. NEVER jump in to help; in a panic, a person can easily pull you under, even if he or she is smaller than you.
Supplies: A bag big enough to hold all the items needed, Supplies for going to the waterpark (Ex. A towel, water bottle, sunscreen, etc.), silly supplies (a construction hat, tool belt, etc.)
Set up: Place the bag open on the ground beside the items. After going over what items you would need at a water park with your child, put them in a pile with the silly items
Play: (Multiple Children) run a relay race either split them into teams or time them. One at a time goes up to the pile and finds an item that they would need at the water park. They then put it in their team’s bag before heading back so the next team member can go. First team to put all of and only water park items into the bags wins. If the relay is timed, they need to put all and only waterpark items in before time runs out.
(Single Child) When you say go, you start the clock. The go to the pile and pack the bag with only items that are needed at the waterpark. They want to beat the clock to win.
The Takeaway: The items needed to stay safe at the water park so that they can also have fun. Seeing which items are the same or may be different from what they need to take on a boat, to the beach, or to a public pool.
Supplies: A bucket of water, a life jacket that fits your child (a sleeveless vest will work as a substitution if you cannot find or do not have a life jacket in your child’s size, a puddle jumper works as well), and flotation items that are not U.S. Coast guard approved
Set up: Place a pile of floatation items in the center of the playing area. Have a bucket of water near you. Have your child stand near the items. Have a life jacket that fits your child.
Play: First, show your child how to put their life jacket on properly and how they should take it off. Then, you set it at their feet with other floating items all piled up. When you say ‘go’, your child needs to grab the life jacket out of the pile, put it on properly, and sit down before the time (30-60 sec. depending on their age) is up. If they are unsuccessful, you will splash the bucket of water over them since they have ‘gone overboard)
The Takeaway: Coast Guard approved life jackets are made of a material that naturally floats in water and they have a seal of approval, unlike unapproved flotation devices (ex. Arm floaties). Nonswimmers and anyone participating in watercraft activities should wear approved life jackets.