Aquatics

Toddler AquaticsErin Fishpaw, Aquatics Director / Email:  efishpaw@findlayymca.com

 

Shrimps

6-18 months

For our littlest swimmers. Shrimps is designed to introduce babies and parents to the aquatic environment. This class will help parents learn realistic developmental expectations, introduce basic aquatic safety to parent and child, and provide a fun and positive first experience in the water. Shrimps will help babies with basic motor skills as well as introduce them, without fear, to a water environment. Skills include blowing bubbles floating on front and back, kicking on front and back, social interactions through songs, and basic aquatic safety knowledge for parents. This is a fun class that will help prepare your child for future swim classes!

Perch

19 months-2 1/2 years

You and your child will participate together, but a little more time will be spent in a skill structure environment. Skills include blowing bubbles, using a kickboard, less songs and more structure. All Pike skills will be introduced while parents will help the child become more comfortable in the water setting as instructors prepare them for independence. Skills presented include pool safety, appropriate class behavior, listening skills, independence from parent as well as all the basics that are covered in Pike. Parents must participate, but the focus of class will be to get the child prepared for participation on their own.

Learn with Me

2 1/2–3 1/2 years

All Pike skills will be introduced while parents will help the child become more comfortable in the water setting as instructors prepare them for independence with bubble device. Skills presented include pool safety, appropriate class behavior, listening skills, independence from parent as well as all the basics that are covered in Pike. Parents must participate, but the focus of class will be to get the child prepared for participation on their own.

Pike

3 1/2-5 years

This class is designed for the preschool beginner who has had little to no real experience in the water. Children participate without parents and work on floating and kicking on their front and back, blowing bubbles, putting face in the water, basic paddle stroke, pool safety, boating safety, and water adjustment. Instructors work to create a positive experience for these little swimmers. There are no prerequisites for enrollment, other than age. (Recommended class if you are unsure of your child’s skills.)

Eel

3 1/2–5 years

For the advanced beginner who can already swim on their own with a bubble device on stomach and back without assistance. Participants will work on kicking, bubbles, putting face in water, pool safety, boating safety and front and back floats and intro to rotary breathing.