Aquatics

Aquatics

Swim Programs

YMCA Lane Swims lets you swim at your own pace, providing great cardiovascular exercise and improved muscle strength without stressing your joints. Lanes are available for all swim abilities. Make it a habit and you’ll soon be on your way to a healthier body.

Effective Saturday, 10 October 2020, members will no longer be required to register online for lane swims. The pool will be divided in half: medium-to-fast swimmers on one side and slow-to-medium swimmers on the other side. Swimmers will be moving in one big circle and only passing at either end.

For parents/guardians and their preschool aged children (6 and under) to relax and play in our therapy pool. Pool depth 3 feet 8 inches. Small toys available.

Enjoy the therapeutic properties of being suspended in warm water. Ideal for those with back issues and joint pain. Pool depth 5 feet.

Come relax, stretch or just float around in our warm pool. Pool depth 3 feet 8 inches.

A recreational swim with toys in the 25 metre leisure pool for members over the age of 18.

YMCA Open Swim is an unstructured activity that lets the entire family stay active together. Open Swim adds variety, cardiovascular fitness and fun to your family’s fitness routine.

Open Swim sessions are included with your YMCA membership. Community members can also access Open Swim sessions through the purchase of YMCA day passes.

Dusty Fins is a masters swim club. Practices will include workouts aimed at general fitness and overall improvement in competitive swimming.

· Promote swimming as a healthy exercise for adults

· Encourage swimming technique and endurance improvement for competition and fitness

· Provide structured, coached workout practices

Swimmers of all backgrounds are welcome to join the program, there is no minimum skill set required!

Aquatic Fitness

YMCA Aquafit is a great way to get fitness benefits and improve your circulation without stressing your joints. By pushing against the resistance of water, you can adapt each session to your own level of fitness. It is a great way to add variety to your fitness program.

A guided stretching routine in the therapy pool for adults to improve and retain range of motion. Swimming skills are not required. There is a max 20 participants per class for an enjoyable experience.

Swim Lessons

Knowing how to swim can save your life — or even someone else’s. It’s never too early or too late to start, we offer lessons for all stages and ages, click on the programs listed above to learn more about our Swim Lessons.

Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons will give you lifelong skills to help you be safe in and around the water. And you just might develop a lifelong passion for swimming!

Memberships at the YMCA of Greater Saint John include swimming lessons and access to all Y programs. Your child must be a member at the Y in order to be registered for lessons.

Which lesson should my child attend?

If your child has taken lessons before and you would like to match them in a program that aligns with their experience please bring in their old report cards upon registration. Our staff will be able to match your child’s experience with the perfect Y fit.

View our Aquatics Brochure and Conversion Chart

Parent and Tot Swim Lessons: Getting time to work out with your little one can be a challenge. YMCA Parent and Tot swim sessions give you time to play, move, and splash in the pool with your infant, toddler, or preschooler and ensure you and your child get the most from your time together

Bobbers: For children 3-5 years old who are new to swimming. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent. In Bobbers, we’ll continue to introduce fun activities in the water to activate the movements that will eventually lead to swimming. By the end, your child will be comfortable having their face in the water, and will have learned basic movements while being supported

Floaters: For children 3-5 years old who have completed Bobbers or equivalent. In Floaters, we introduce floating and gliding, and continue to practice other movements. Through structured activities and play, children will also become comfortable submerging themselves under water.

Gliders: For children 3-5 years old and have completed Floaters or show an equivalent level of competence. In Gliders, children will combine kicking with gliding to learn how to propel themselves through the water.

Divers: In this level, children will learn boating safety education, standing dive, surface support, sculling & finning, and surface dives. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool

Dippers: (Children must have passed Divers. Child must be comfortable in the main pool without a lifejacket or belt and must be able to swim ½ length of pool.) In this level, children will learn boating safety education, standing dive, surface support, sculling & finning, and surface dives. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool

Surfers: In this level, children will learn ice safety education, standing/kneeling dives, surface support, front and back somersaults, and front and back swim. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool.

Otters: An introductory level for beginner swimmers aged 6-12 years old, Otter will teach your child the basics of pool safety, going underwater, and gliding on their front and back.

The first of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Otter teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Seals: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Otter or who have equivalent skills. In this level they will further develop the skills of gliding, kicking, and submerging.

The second of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Seal teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During this these classes, children will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Dolphins: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Seal or who demonstrate an equivalent skill set. Your child will be introduced to swimming on their front, back, and under water.

The third of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Dolphin teaches kids how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Swimmers: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Dolphin or have equivalent skills. In this class, kids will learn front and back crawl, and how to tread water.

The last level in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Swimmer teaches children how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. Children at this level will have achieved a solid foundation of swimming skills and be able to front swim for a distance of 25 metres.

Star 1: For children 6-12 years old who have completed the Swimmer level in our Learn to Swim program. In this class, kids will learn to use the whip kick on their back and the egg-beater motion for treading water. We will help your child continue to develop front and back crawl technique and endurance.

As the first level of our YMCA Star Program, In Star 1 we also introduce your child to other aspects of swimming. Kids select which new skills they would like to learn from a list that includes competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, and water polo.

Star 2: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 1 or who show an equivalent skill level. At this level we focus on the backstroke, and continue to help kids refine their stroke technique and increase their endurance.

The second level of our YMCA Star Program, in Star 2 we continue to encourage your child to build on the optional skills they selected in Star 1. Your child may choose to try something new, or continue to focus on one area — the choice is theirs! Optional skills include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, and water polo.

Star 3: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 2 or who show an equivalent skill level. In this level your child will focus on the breaststroke and egg-beater motion for treading water, while continuing to build endurance in the pool. We will also introduce young swimmers to introductory lifesaving concepts.

Building on the optional skills learned in Star 2, kids will select from a new set of skills they would like to learn. They may choose to try something new or focus in on one area — the choice is theirs! Skills include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, and water polo.

Star 4: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 3 or who show an equivalent skill level. In this level we will help your child focus on the sidestroke, and we will continue to introduce lifesaving skills.

Your child will also continue to explore other interests in the pool by selecting more optional skills to learn. They may choose to try something new or focus in on one area — the choice is theirs! Options include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, or water polo.

Adult Swimming Lessons are 30 minute lessons offered weekdays on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These will run 1x per week for 4 wks with a maximum of 5 students per class. Together the class will work on skills to improve their swimming capabilities.

Weekly swim club providing rescue skills for students to prepare them for the leadership programs. This is intended for children 10 years and up who are not ready to start their leadership courses yet but would like to hone their rescue skills.

Swim Lesson Registration

Aquatic Certification

The YSI course is the perfect way to make a difference in the lives of children. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are guaranteed a swim instructor position at the YMCA. Sponsorship options and financial assistance are available for those in need. As a leader in the pool, you can play an essential role in helping others learn to swim and improve their health in many ways.

You will learn a variety of teaching techniques, lesson planning, progressions, and more. To put it all into practice, you’ll also work alongside a certified YMCA Swim Instructor to teach children during a swim lesson.

Preparing future YMCA swim instructors to effectively teach people how to swim and improve swimming techniques. Ensuring preparedness to create a positive member or participant experience that furthers the YMCA mission, as well as the instructors, own competencies with regards to: vision and values, communication, planning and organizing, quality focus, facilitation and coaching.

You can continue to build your aquatic safety skills in Bronze Star, an advanced lifesaving course designed to prepare candidates for the next level of certification, Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, we emphasize rescue drills, fitness skills, and victim recognition. You will also learn CPR during this level.

This course is ideal for those who have completed all levels of swimming lessons and who wish to continue to develop skills and prepare for lifeguarding and instruction. To take this course, we recommend you have experience in assisting with swimming lessons and with Swim Patrol.

Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, defense methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500m timed swim. This program is available for YMCA members and non-members.

Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 600m timed swim

National Lifeguard certification is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first-aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400m endurance challenge.

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