Youth Water Activities

Preschool Swim Classes

The most important aspect of preschool swimming is getting the child comfortable in the water and ready to make the advancements to learn to swim independently. The main focus is to build comfort and confidence in the water. This is the foundation for great swimming. The ratio is 6:1 and the class meets once a week for 30 minutes.

Refund Policy

If the Y cancels a program, a 100% refund will automatically be issued.

If a class is cancelled by the Y due to inclement weather or an emergency, every effort will be made to offer a make-up class. If the YMCA is unable to do this, credit for the missed class will be issued.

If participants are unable to attend the scheduled make-up class, no credit will be issued.

If the refund request is received by the YMCA at least 1 week prior to the program start date a 100% refund/credit will be issued.

If the refund request is received by the YMCA by or after the first class, regardless of when the participant was registered and whether or not the participant attended, no refund/credit shall be given.

If a program participant withdraws due to a medical reason, with written verification by a physician, a prorated refund/credit will be issued. Please note, the request must be submitted within two weeks of session end date.

*Less a $15 processing fee per person/per program.

Preschool Swim Programs:

Pike I

Child cannot swim independently. Apprehensive/first time experience. Basic swimming and water safety skills

Pike II

Child can swim independently with back float, is not apprehensive, and may be trying to paddle stroke. Basic swimming without floatation device and water safety skills are the focus.


Child can swim independently at least five feet on their front and back in a horizontal position. Emphasis at this level is putting face in the water, so child should be comfortable submerging underwater. This class also concentrates on back floating independently and kicking on back while finning. Dives and diving safety are introduced.


Child can swim 20 feet in prone position with face in the water, is able to begin overarm recovery while swimming front crawl, and back floats independently. Rotary breathing is introduced and emphasized. Continued challenge in diving, elementary backstroke, and survival skills are begun in this level.