Greater Burlington YMCA
Swim Lessons for ages 6-36 months
Our Shrimp/Kipper/Inia, Perch, Perch Plus, and Parent Pike classes use the bond between caregiver and child to create a safe and welcoming environment. Classes focus on comfort, balance, and movement and are designed to allow the children to have fun in the water while caregivers guide them through skills such as bubble blowing, kicking, paddling, and jumping. Games and songs are used to create a fun atmosphere and help children feel comfortable in the pool. One adult must accompany each child in the water. Children that are not potty trained must wear a proper swim diaper. There is no swim lesson evaluation required; please register by age. All classes are 30 minutes long.
Early Fall: (7 week session) runs September 11 – October 29. Member registration opens Monday, August 14. Non-Member registration opens Monday, August 21.
Fall: (7 week session) runs October 30 – December 17. Member registration opens Monday, October 9. Non-Member registration opens Monday, October 16.
For children from 6-18 months, this class introduces parents and their infants to the pool and allows beginning swimmers to progress from water adjustment to basic skills. Instruction helps caregivers work with their children and focuses upon creating a fun time for all through water games, songs, and basic movements.
This class continues to provide the highest quality of early water experiences for children from 19-36 months. Children will work towards swimming independently with support from both the instructor and their caregiver while continuing to develop safety skills and early swimming skills through games, song, and playful instruction.
For children from 29-36 months, Perch Plus is for children that have completed one session of Perch. Caregivers remain in the water with children as instructors work towards preparing children for Parent Pike or even Pike 1. This class is for our more advanced, younger swimmers who are demonstrating bubble blowing skills and swimming independently with flotation and limited caregiver support.
This transitional class is for children who are not ready to be without an adult caregiver in the water and introduces skills to the child and adult together. By graduation day, the caregiver is out of the water and children are comfortable on their own. One adult must accompany each child.