Swim Lessons

One of the best gifts you can give your child (or yourself!) is to learn to swim. As "America's Swim Instructor," each year the Y teaches more than a million children water safety and swimming skills. We offer swim lessons for all ages that are designed to allow the participants to have fun in the water while learning important swimming skills. The curriculum follows YMCA of the USA’s National Safety and Core Skill Development Standards, and is based on the development abilities of each participant. Swimmers will learn the basic skills that build on one another as the levels increase. They also learn about water safety, water sports, games and rescue.

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Aquatic Sessions

  • January 2nd- February 16th
  • February 18th- April 6th 
  • April 8th- May 25th 

Lesson Fees (per session)

Y Members $26 & Non-Members $52


Parent & Child Swim Lessons (6-36 months)

Stage A: Water Discovery / Stage B: Water Exploration

Stage A: Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

Stage B: In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

DaysTimes
Monday6:00pm-6:30pm
Tuesday10:00am-10:30am
Saturday9:00am-9:30am

Preschool Swim Lessons (3-5 years)

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

DaysTimes
Monday6:00pm-6:30pm     
Thursday6:00pm-6:30pm
Saturday9:00am-9:30am

Stage 2: Water Movement

In stage 2, 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.

DaysTimes
Thursday6:00pm-6:30pm
Saturday9:30am-10:00am

Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, 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.

DaysTimes
Monday6:30pm-7:00pm
Tuesday10:30am-11:00am
Thursday10:30am-11:00am
6:30pm-7:00pm
Saturday9:30am-10:00am

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

DaysTimes
Monday6:30pm-7:00pm
Thursday6:30pm-7:00pm

Youth Swim Lessons (6+ years)

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

DaysTimes
Monday5:00pm-5:45pm
Thursday5:00pm-5:45pm
Saturday10:00am-10:45am

Stage 2: Water Movement

In stage 2, 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.

Days Times
Monday5:00pm-5:45pm
Thursday5:00pm-5:45pm
Saturday10:00am-10:45am


Stage 3: Water Stamina

In stage 3, 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.

Days Times
Saturday10:00am-10:45am


Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

DayTime
Thursday5:00pm-5:45pm
Saturday10:00am-10:45am


Stage 5: Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 workon stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

DayTime
Saturday10:45am-11:30am


Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming,and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Day
Time
Saturday
10:45am-11:30am

Please contact Tiffany Kulland, Program Coordinator at 309-344-1324 or tkulland@knoxymca.org with any questions regarding swim lessons. 

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We continue to build our relationship with Knox College through hosting student volunteers in our After School Programs. There are over 30 Knox student volunteers who help our programs thrive and help us meet our overall goal of providing a wonderful before and after school experience for our participants. This partnership is mutually beneficial for the Knox County YMCA and for Knox College; our Before and After School Program participants gain role models in the form of college students they can look up to, while Knox students gain an impactful experience working with children, and get to do meaningful service in their community. Volunteers help the kids with homework, play alongside them during free time, and assist the YMCA instructors by creating new, fun programming ideas.