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Aquatics 2017: SWIM LESSONS 

Segment 4 - Register: May 8th – June 4th            Lessons: June 12th – July 9th

Segment 5 - Register: June 5th – July 9th             Lessons July 17th – Aug 13th

Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. We offer swim lessons (for all ages), so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment. Whether it’s learning how to swim, perfecting your stroke or staying fit, the Y has a swim lesson program that’s right for you. The YMCA of the USA worked extensively to developed new and enhanced swim lesson courses that focus on safety, progression of swim skills and stroke development. The Duneland Family YMCA takes swim lesson instruction very seriously with Lake Michigan, the second largest fresh water lake in the US located only 3 miles away.

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Class Availability
Class/Age Stage Day Time Member Non-Member
Parent Child: 6 mos. – 3 yr. A & B Saturday 10:00-10:45am $30 $60
Preschool: 3 – 5 yr. 1-4 Monday/Wednesday 5:00-5:40pm $40 $80
Preschool: 3 – 5 yr. 1-4 Tuesday 4:50-5:45pm $40 $80
School Age: 5 –12 yr. 1-6 Monday/Wednesday 6:00-6:40pm $40 $80
School Age: 5 – 12 yr. 1-6 Thursday 4:50-5:45pm $40 $80
Teen/Adult/Private: 13+ yr. Scheduled by Appointment $80 $160

Class Descriptions

SWIM STARTERS (Parent Child)

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision.

STAGE A Water Discovery | 6 months - 3 years
Parents accompany children in Stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the swimming environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.  


STAGE B Water Exploration | 6 months - 3 years
In Stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and swimming skills.             INSTRUCTOR TO PARENT-CHILD PAIRS RATIO - 1:12   QUALIFICATIONS - None!


Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim - sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

STAGE 1 Water Acclimation | Ages: Preschool 3-5 years | School age 5-12 years |
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.


STAGE 2 Water Movement | Ages: Preschool 3-5 years | School age 5-12 years |
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.


  • Able to go under water & comfortably open eyes without goggles
  • Able to float on front & back with minimal assistance
  • Able to jump in the pool, submerge & return to the wall with assistance

STAGE 3 Water Stamina | Ages: Preschool 3-5 years | School age 5-12 years |
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.


  • Able to float on front & back unassisted
  • Able to push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted
  • Able to swim-float-swim 15 feet unassisted
  • Able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted


Skills to support a healthy lifestyle

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

STAGE 4 Stroke Introduction | Ages: Preschool 3-5 years | School age 5-12 years |
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.


  • Able to submerge & retrieve an object in chest deep water
  • Able to swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath
  • Able to swim-float-swim 15 yards
  • Able to jump in & tread water for 30 seconds
  • Able to swim to wall & exit

STAGE 5 Stroke Development | Ages: School age 5-12 years
Students in Stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.


  • Able to front crawl & back crawl 25 yards
  • Able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15 yards
  • Able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute

STAGE 6 Stroke Mechanics | Ages: School age 5-12 years
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.


  • Able to swim front crawl with bent arm recovery & rotary breathing for 25 yards
  • Able to swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25 yards
  • Able to swim butterfly with over arm recovery
  • Able to swim breaststroke for 25 yards achieving stroke rhythm
  • Able to dive from kneeling position

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Course - Cost: Members $115 / Non-Members $150 

Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross Life guard Certification Course. The course is designed to arm new or previously certified lifeguards with the skills and knowledge to prepare for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. This course is available through a Blended Learning course format. Benefits of this course style include: • Flexibility of online course work in addition to hands on training. • Online course materials are dispersed immediately.

Tuesday/Thursday Course - Registration April 17th – May 12th Course Dates 5-7pm: May 16th, May 18th, May 23rd, May 25th & May 30th.
Wednesday/Friday Course – Registration May 1st – May 26th Course Dates 5-7pm: May 31st, June 2nd, June 7th, June 9th & June 14th.

For more information, contact Andrew Zimmer, Sports & Aquatics Director at (219) 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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