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Piedmont Family YMCA

Charlottesville, VA

Aquatics | Swim Lessons


All age groups are taught the same skills but divided according to their developmental milestones. To determine which stage the student is ready for download the selector guide.

Please note YMCA reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment.

Parent and Child Swim Lessons
Ages 6 months - 3 years
This class is designed to give parents and their child an early introduction to water safety, and beginning swim techniques. Instructors will focus on water comfort and safety for both the child and
parent and structure the class to include songs, games, instruction, and free time. Please read the swim lesson discriptions below.

Swim Lesson Descriptions:

Stage A- Water Discovery: Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

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

Stage 1Water Acclimation: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Stage 2 Water Movement: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Stage 3Water Stamina: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Stage 4 Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Stage 5 Stroke Development: Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading and sidestroke.

Stage 6 Stroke Mechanics: Refines stroke on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Private Swim Lessons

These swim lessons are open to every age group and level of swimming ability. Classes are 30 minutes in length and provide one-on-one interaction focusing soley on swim instruction.
Dates Time Member Non-member Additional swimmer
All year round Upon request $30 $40 +$10 for additional swimmer

Private Swim Lesson Block Plans

Private lessons block plans are scheduled upon request. All with the same instructor. Lessons are taught in 30-minute sessions and scheduled based upon the instructor's availability. At time of registration please supply with dates and times for when you would like your lessons to take place. Block plans are ideal for both children and adults who may want to bush up on their techniques before joining one of our other aquatics programs.
Block plan Time Member Non-member Additional swimmer
5 Upon request $140 $160 +$50 for additional swimmer*
10 Upon request $280 $320 +$100 for additional swimmer*

*There is a maximum of 2 people per lesson. The additional $10/person per lesson is applied to the session cost.