Swim Lessons

We believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill. Our swim lessons use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water and learn water safety skills that will last a lifetime.


Stages A & B: Water Discovery & Water Exploration (6-35 months)
Parents accompany children in these stages, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Stage C: Water Independence (24-35 months)
Students experience their first class without a parent and learn how to be comfortable and safe in the water.


Stage 1: Water Acclimation (3 - 5 years)
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the
event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a
student’s future progress in swimming.

Stage 2: Water Movement (3 - 5 years)
In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Stage 3: Water Stamina (3 - 5 years)
In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (3 - 5 years)
Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is enforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.


Stage 1: Water Acclimation (6 - 12 years)
This stage is for non-swimmers with no experience in the water. Children are introduced to submerging independently, gliding on front and back and exiting the water.

Stage 2: Water Movement (6 - 12 years)
This is an intermediate-level stage that focuses on independent swimming and proper movement
in the water. Children learn side breathing at the wall, front and back glide independently, tread water, and swim float swim for 5 yards.

Stage 3: Water Stamina (6 - 12 years)
This is an intermediate/advanced level stage that focuses on building endurance and beginning to refine basic movements. Students swim on front and back for 15 yards, tread water for one minute, and swim float
swim for 25 yards.

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (6 - 12 years)
This is an advanced stage where children will begin focusing on strokes and endurance. Children will learn freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and diving. They will also continue practice of treading water, side breathing, and
elementary backstroke.

Stage 5: Stroke Development (6 - 12 years)

This is a stage for swimmers who already have knowledge of the four competitive strokes and are comfortable in the deep end. Students in this class will focus on developing strokes further and gaining the endurance to swim up to 50 yards. Swimmers will also continue practice of treading water and diving.

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics (6 - 12 years)

In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Beyond learning how to swim, our competitive swim teams offer an enjoyable swimming experience for all ages and abilities. Our coaches maintain a positive and challenging environment where swimmers can learn and train together as a team, pushing each other to succeed with encouragement, individual discipline, and pride in everyone's achievements.

Go to Swim Lessons


Mission Valley Y: Dylan Leon, [email protected], 619-298-3576
Toby Wells Y: Sierra Dole, [email protected], 858-496-9622