Stage 4 swim lessons for preschoolers at the YMCA focus on stroke introduction, teaching students basic stroke technique in front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke). Elements of breaststroke and butterfly are introduced, and water safety techniques are reinforced for both shallow and deep water. See Swim Lessons for an overview of our Stages progression.
Knowing how to be swim and be safe around water is one of the most important skills a person can learn, but it's not easy. To someone unfamiliar with being in the water, going to the beach or a pool can be an uncomfortable, stressful, or embarrassing experience, but it doesn't have to be.
Knowing how to swim is a life-saving skill that opens up a vast array of opportunities to stay fit, develop self-confidence, build relationships and safely enjoy outdoor aquatic activities like snorkeling, surfing, river rafting and more - and it's never too late to learn!
At the YMCA of San Diego County, we are proud to teach students of all ages not only how to be safe in the water, but thrive in it. No matter the level of a student's comfort or experience, our instructors make swim lessons engaging, encouraging and fun by focusing on the tried-and-true methods that we've developed from teaching people around the world for more than a hundred years.