Water Safety Classes

Everyone should know how to swim!

YMCA swim lessons are designed to help each participant learn how to swim better and be safe in the water. The Dodge City Family YMCA offers progressive classes for ages 6 months through adult.  Learn the basics, then build your skills and develop your technique. Private, partner and group lessons are available. The Dodge City Family YMCA offers multiple sessions throughout the year. For more information contact our Aquatics Director at 620.225.8157 or sdroste@ymcaswkansas.org.

Why learn to swim?

  •     Swimming develops all muscle groups evenly
  •     Each year, over 8,000 people learn to swim at the Y
  •     Drowning is the leading cause of death in children age 1 - 5 yrs
  •     It may take 30-80 swim lessons to learn to swim independently
  •     Skills will dwindle if swimmers practice only in the summer!

Levels & Class Descriptions:

Parent-Tot Water Safety

Ages 6mos-3 yrs: Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim   readiness skills through fun and  confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.  Parent-Tot Fall Sessions: Sept. 11- Oct. 4 &  Nov. 6- Nov. 29.

Water Acclimation

For Ages 4 & 5.  Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.  Water Acclimation Fall 2017 Sessions: Sept. 11- Oct. 4 &  Nov. 6- Nov. 29.

Youth Water Safety- Levels 2 & 3 (Beginners)

  • Water Movement (Level 2): Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Water Stamina (Level 3): Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stage. 
  • Levels 2 & 3 Fall 2017 Sessions: Sept. 11- Oct. 4; Oct. 9- Nov.1;  Nov. 6- Nov. 29.

Youth Water Safety- Levels 4 & 5

  • Stroke Introductions (Level 4):  Students will learn stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
  • Stroke Development (Level 5):  Students will work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
  • Levels 4 & 5 Fall 2017 Sessions: Oct. 9- Nov.1;  Dec. 4- Dec. 20