Classes

​Swimming lesson classes are split into 11 levels. Use the filter below to display relevant levels and find out which level is best suited.

YMCA Swimming Lessons

Starfish

Starfish
  • Parent in water with child
  • Introduction to submersion activities
  • Reaching & grasping for safety
  • Buoyancy & floatation activities
  • Blowing bubbles on surface
  • Socialising with group activities

* Subject to availability. If not offered at your local Y, please book into Periwinkle.

Age Range
6 months - 1 year
Class Size
Up to 8

Periwinkle

Periwinkle
  • Parent in water with child
  • Aided movement in water
  • Aided jump and return to edge
  • Supported front and back float
  • Safe entry on request
  • Blow bubbles with face in the water
  • Reaching and grasping for safety
Age Range
1 - 2 years
Class Size
Up to 8

Minnow

Minnow
  • Parent in water with child
  • Independently jump and return to edge
  • Paddle and kick
  • Kicking on front and back
  • Reaching and grasping for safety
  • Independent submersion with bubbles
  • Unaided floating
Age Range
2+ years
Class Size
Up to 8

Tadpole

Tadpole
  • Aided jump and return to edge
  • Aided float on front and back
  • Torpedo for 3m
  • Aided kicking on front and back
  • Extended arm paddle
  • Independent submersion with bubbles
  • Various water safety activities
Age Range
3+ years
Class Size
Up to 4

Goldfish

Goldfish
  • Independent float on front and back
  • Jump entry and return to edge
  • Kick on back and front for 5m
  • Freestyle and Backstroke arms for 5m
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick
  • Recover an object from chest depth water
  • Various water safety activities
Age Range
3+ years
Class Size
Up to 4

Octopus

Octopus
  • Jump entry & return to edge
  • Independent front and back float
  • Torpedo for 3m
  • Paddle & kick for 5m
  • Introduction to Freestyle and Backstroke arms
  • Kicking on back unaided for 3m
  • Various water safety activities
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 4

Sardine

Sardine
  • Jump entry into deep water & recover
  • Seated Dive
  • Freestyle and Backstroke for 5m
  • Kicking on front with an aid & side breathing for 10m
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick
  • Various water safety activities
  • Mushroom float
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 4

Salmon

Salmon
  • Step in entry & recover
  • Kneeling Dive
  • Freestyle and Backstroke for 12m
  • Breaststroke kick and Survival Backstroke with an aid for 5m
  • Duck dive, swim for 3m under water & recover an object
  • Various water safety activities
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 5

Tuna

Tuna
  • Stride in entry and Crouch dive
  • Freestyle and Backstroke for 25m
  • Breaststroke kick with breathing for 12m
  • Introduction to breaststroke arms
  • Introduction to dolphin kick
  • Perform a forwards somersault
  • Various water safety activities
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 7

Dolphin

Dolphin
  • Shallow dive
  • Freestyle and Backstroke for 50m
  • Breaststroke for 25m
  • Introduction to butterfly arms
  • Dolphin kick and Sidestroke kick for 12m
  • Perform a tumble turn
  • Various water safety activities
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 7

Shark

Shark
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Freestyle and Backstroke for 100m
  • Breaststroke and Survival backstroke for 50m
  • Butterfly for 15m
  • Use a combination of strokes to complete a 400m swim
  • Sidestroke for 25m
  • Various water safety activities
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 7