Classes

​Swimming lesson classes are split into 12 levels. Use the filter below to display relevant levels, or use the Class Self Assessment tool to find out which level is best suited. View the Live Class Timetable​ to find a suitable day and time.

YMCA Swimming Lessons

Starfish

Starfish
  • Parent in water with child
  • Parent/carer aquatic safety education
  • Socialising with group activities
  • Water exploration activities
  • Buoyancy & floatation activities incorporating attempted movement towards target with & without aids
Age Range
6 - 12 months
Class Size
8:1

Periwinkle

Periwinkle
  • Parent in water with child
  • Parent/carer aquatic safety education
  • Comfortable & confident in an aquatic environment
  • Independently follows simple requests
  • Comfortable & confident submersion on request
Age Range
1 - 2 years
Class Size
8:1

Minnow

Minnow
  • Parent in water with child
  • Buoyancy/floatation activities
  • Introduction to kicking & arm movement
  • Introduction to bubble blowing & kicking
  • Deliberate movement towards a target
Age Range
2 - 3 years
Class Size
8:1

Tadpole

Tadpole
  • Push & glide with bubbles
  • Independent submersion with bubbles
  • Aided jump & return to edge
  • Extended arm paddle
  • Aided kick on front & back
  • Aided treading water
  • Torpedo 3m
Age Range
3 - 5 years
Class Size
4:1

Goldfish

Goldfish
  • Jump entry & return to edge
  • Independent rollover
  • Recover object from chest depth water
  • Torpedo 3m
  • Kick on back 5m
  • Freestyle & Backstroke arms
  • Tread water for 15 seconds
Age Range
3 - 5 years
Class Size
5:1

Flying Fish

Flying Fish
  • Step in entry & recover
  • Freestyle & backstroke 10m
  • Introduction to breaststroke, survival backstroke & butterfly kick
  • Duck dive, swim underwater for 3m & recover an object
  • Throw a buoyant aid & direct a partner to safety
Age Range
3 - 5 years
Class Size
5:1

Octopus

Octopus
  • Push & glide
  • Kick on front & back with aid 5m
  • Paddle & kick
  • Torpedo 3m
  • Treading water
Age Range
5 years +
Class Size
5:1

Sardine

Sardine
  • Jump entry into deep water & recover
  • Kick on front with aid & side breathing 10m
  • Kick on back 10m
  • Backstroke, freestyle & torpedo 5m
  • Float, scull & tread water for 30 seconds & signal for help
  • Duck dive
Age Range
5 years +
Class Size
6:1

Salmon

Salmon
  • Seated dive
  • Step in entry & recover
  • Freestyle & backstroke 12m
  • Survival backstroke with aid 5m
  • Breaststroke kick with aid 5m
  • Float, scull & tread water for 1 minute & signal for help
  • Duck dive, swim underwater for 3m & recover object
Age Range
5 years +
Class Size
6:1

Tuna

Tuna
  • Stride entry 
  • Freestyle & backstroke 25m  
  • Survival backstroke 12m 
  • Breaststroke kick with breath 12m 
  • Forward somersault 
  • Crouch dive
Age Range
5 years +
Class Size
6:1

Dolphin

Dolphin
  • Compact jump
  • Freestyle & backstroke 50m
  • Survival backstroke
  • Breaststroke 25m
  • Tumble turn
  • Dolphin kick 12m
  • Shallow dive
Age Range
5 years +
Class Size
7:1

Shark

Shark
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Freestyle & backstroke 100m
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke 50m
  • Butterfly 15m
  • Sidestroke 25m
  • Using combination of strokes 400m swim
  • Clothed swim, float, scull & tread water for 5 mins, remove clothes & swim for 5 mins
Age Range
5 years +
Class Size
7:1