Cincinnati Swimming Lessons

Whether you are two or 92, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati can help you learn to swim. The Y offers numerous swim lessons for children, adults, and those with special needs. Ever since the first YMCA bath opened in 1885, the Y has been a pioneer in swimming education. Swim programs at the Y have a low student-to-instructor ratio and are designed to not only help individuals learn to swim, but to feel a sense of achievement from mastering something new that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. Participating in YMCA of Greater Cincinnati swim classes help all ages improve their swim skills, learn important water safety information, and build lasting relationships with others in the class. Structured classes are divided by age and skill level and taught by certified instructors who guide with praise and encouragement.

SHRIMP (6 to 8 MONTHS)

At 6 months of age, it is a prime time to begin water adjustment. Your child must have solid head control and be able to sit upright with support from the hands. Our goal for this class is to provide a positive parent/child experience and opportunity to build the parent/child relationship.

KIPPER (9 to 12 MONTHS)

At 9 months of age, your child should sit upright without support and stand with support from the hands. In this class, your child is beginning to learn basic water skills, such as kicking, breathing, and body control.

INIA (13 to 18 months)

At 13 months of age, your child should stand without support and walk with or without support or aid. The goal for this class is to encourage your child’s growing independence, as well as teach purposeful movements in the water with visual and verbal cues.

PERCH (19-36 MONTHS)

At 19 months of age, your child should run and jump. At this stage, your child is encouraged to explore their aquatic environment and their own skills with the assistance of their parent or guardian. The goal for this level includes propelling oneself through the water and the transition to the preschool levels.

PIKE

The beginner swimmer; children who are first being exposed to water or have a concern of getting their face wet or being submerged are best placed in this level. In these classes the instructor will work with your child to gain comfort in the water while working on basic swimming skills.

EEL

In this level, your child must be comfortable in the water; they will jump in the water and have no concern of getting their face wet or submerging. The instructor will work with your child to move from a vertical swim position to a horizontal swimming position.

RAY

At this level, you child is able to swim independently and at least 15 feet or 5 yards, without any floatation device. In this level, we will work to improve stroke form and endurance for both front crawl and backstroke.

STARFISH

The most advanced preschool level, the Starfish is a child who can swim 75 feet or 25 yards without assistance. Your child will refine their primary strokes and begin to learn the skills for more advanced swimming strokes.

POLLIWOG

The beginner swimmer; children who are first being exposed to water or have a concern of getting their face wet or being submerged are best placed in this level. In these classes the instructor will work with your child to gain comfort in the water while working on basic swimming skills.

GUPPY

The advanced beginner; children, who have no concern of getting their face wet or being submerged, as well as can swim 75 feet or 25 yards without assistance. Your child will refine their primary strokes and begin to learn the skills for more advanced swimming strokes.

MINNOW

The intermediate swimmer, your child must be able to swim 50 yards on front and back without a flotation device, with refined rotary breathing. We will teach your child the beginnings of sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke, as well as learn how to swim the dolphin kick.

FISH

In this level, your child must be able to swim 75 yards on front and back without a flotation device with refined rotary breathing, using open turns. Your child will finalize their competency for sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke, as well as learn how to swim the butterfly.

SHARK

At the most advanced level, your child will swim all levels proficiently with an ability to use both open and flip turns. A successful 200 IM (Individual Medley) can be completed in top performance.

PORPOISE CLUB

A pre-swim team class aimed at working on stroke technique, endurance and skills; students will work on starts and flip turns as well. This is also a program designed around the future lifeguard; the program teaches important life saving techniques in and around water on a more specific and advanced level. Prior to enrolling, students need to be able to complete the Flying Fish/Shark levels.