Swim Lessons

The Y is America’s swim instructor not because we teach technical skills but because we realize that swimming and water safety programs provide an opportunity to teach much more than that.

HOW OUR APPROACH DIFFERS

Tested curricula, grounded in research, combined with our brand promise to strengthen community differentiate our swimming and water safety programs from those of other organizations.

USES SKILL-BASED INSTRUCTION

In skill-based instruction, a large portion of instructional time is dedicated to teaching students fundamental swimming skills. It is about teaching, practicing, and assessing these fundamental skills in multiple ways and through multiple activities. Instructors set customized expectations for students based on their ability, facilitate skill practice in multiple ways, and support students based on where they are so that they can be successful.

EMPHASIZES SAFETY AND ELEVATES CHARACTER

The curricula for both swim lessons and Safety Around Water include information and instruction not only in swimming skills and keeping students active and engaged but also in water and personal safety. The importance of asking permission to get into the water is emphasized with parents, students, and instructors at every lesson. Safety topics address issues that affect the day-to-day lives of students and their families. For example, boating is a popular activity. The vast majority of accidents while boating are preventable. By expanding people’s knowledge of boating safety principles, swimming and water safety programs help prevent needless accidents and save lives.  In the swim lessons program, topics are taken a step further. In addition to safety topics, the curriculum for swim lessons integrates age-appropriate character development topics that allow the instructor and students to define, model, and celebrate the Y’s four core values: caring, honesty, respect, and
responsibility.

ENGAGES FAMILIES

Engagement begins at home. In both swim lessons and Safety Around Water, comprehensive parent communication tools help parents understand what skills students learn at each stage and how those skills build on each other as students progress. In addition, the tools underscore the importance of other topics, such as water safety. 

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BELLE CHASSE YMCA
8101 Highway 23, Belle Chasse
(504)392-9622
juliescott@ymcaneworleans.org



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EAST JEFFERSON YMCA
6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie
(504)888-9622
haleyb@ymcaneworleans.org



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WEST ST. TAMMANY
71256 Francis Road, Covington
(985)893-9622
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BURAS YMCA
PLAQUEMINES PARISH PARTNERSHIP
(504)564-0591
ashleyl@ymcaneworleans.org


 

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PORT SULPHUR YMCA
PLAQUEMINES PARISH PARTNERSHIP
(504)564-0911
jennifers@ymcaneworleans.org