Swimming Lessons

SWIMMING-LESSONS


The Door County YMCA offers a range of swimming lessons for children ages 6 months to 5 years old. Parent/Child classes are a great way to bond with your child. Children get to experience water games, basic movements and skills as well as build confidence in the water. Preschool lessons allow your child to float solo in a nurturing environment. This program provides swimmers of all levels a small class setting giving them more one-on-one time with our fun and talented instructors!

 

PRESCHOOL SWIM

Shrimp Dip

Parent/child class for children ages 6 months to 3 years 

(Sturgeon Bay, Northern Door)

The instructor will focus on presentation of skills to the child and the parent will assist the child in completing the skills.  Fun activities such as games, songs and toys will be used to keep the lessons fun and moving.  Classes are designed to encourage parent/child learning in a safe, positive setting.  One adult per child.

 

Skill Focus

  •  Water adjustment
  •  Basic Breathing
  •  Body Positioning and Floatation 
Perch Plunge

Parent/Child class for children ages 19 months to 3 years

(Sturgeon Bay)

Water adjustment skills fun and games for parent and child, building on skills learned in Shrimp Dip and merging Perch Plunge skill development accomplished with activities, games, songs, and toys in a safe, positive environment. One adult per child.

 

Skill Focus

  • Water Adjustment
  • Basic Breathing Control
  • Body Positioning and Floatation 
Rainbow

 Creating Confidence for children ages 2.5 to 5, without parent

(Sturgeon Bay)

For children ready to move on from Shrimp Dip/Perch Plunge but not quite ready for Pike.  The child that takes this class has some fear of the water and/or some separation anxiety from their parents.  Water adjustment skills will be addressed through games, fun and lead up skills in the water.

 

Skill Focus

  • Breath Control, Submerging, Bobbing, Retrieving Rings
  • Buoyance on Front and Back (Floating), Introduction to changing direction; Rolling from Back to Front and Front to Back
  • Introduction to Treading Water, Swimming on Front and Back
  • Recover from Front/Back Float
  • Water Safety and Confidence

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Preschool Level 1

 

Pike

Moving Forward Ages 3 to 5 years

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

In Pike, children are taught the most basic skills on which they build as they progress through the preschool and youth aquatics program.  At this level, children start developing good attitudes and safe practices around the water.

 

Skill Focus

  • Opening Eyes Under Water/Retrieve Rings
  • Front Gliding and Recovering to Vertical Position
  • Back Gliding and Recovering to Vertical Position
  • Swimming on Front and Back with Simultaneous Arm and Leg Actions
  • Water Safety and Positive Swimming Attitude

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Preschool Level 1

 

Eel

Exploring Further Ages 3 to 5 years

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

The objectives of Eel are to build on the basic aquatics skills learned in Pike and to give children further success with fundamental aquatic skills performed to a slightly more advanced degree than Pike.  Most skills in this level are performed WITH ASSISTANCE.

 

Skill Focus

  • Bobbing, Retrieving Submerged Objects
  • Front and Back Floating, Recovering to Vertical Position
  • Changing Directions
  • Treading with Arms and Legs simultaneously
  • Swimming on Back with Arms and Legs Simultaneously

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Preschool Level 2

 

Starfish

 Creating Independency Ages 3 to 5

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

The objective of Starfish is to build on the skills learned in the Pike and Eel by providing additional guided practice of basic aquatic skills at slightly more proficient performance levels and greater distances and times.  The skills in this level are performed INDEPENDENTLY.

 

Skill Focus

  • Bobbing, Breath Holding, Retrieving Objects
  • Floating (Various Positions), Recovering to Vertical Position
  • Changing Directions While Swimming on Front/Back
  • Treading 15 Seconds in Shoulder Deep Water
  • Swimming on Front/Back the Required Distances

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Preschool Level 3

 

Whitefish

Overcoming Challenges Ages 3 to 5

(Sturgeon Bay)

Students in this class should be very comfortable in deep water and swimming in the competitive pool.  The goal is to increase endurance to keep the preschoolers challenged before they turn age 6. 

 

Skill Focus

  • Breath Control
  • Buoyancy Control
  • Front Flutter, Breast and Freestyle Strokes
  • Back Crawl, Elementary Backstroke

 


 

YOUTH SWIM

Polliwog 1

 Learning Fundamentals Ages 6+

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

The objective of Polliwog 1 is to learn basic personal water safety information and skills, while helping participants feel more comfortable in the water.

 

Skill Focus

  • Breath Control, Rotary Breathing, Submerging
  • Buoyancy Control (Front and Back), Changing Directions, Treading
  • Alternating, Simultaneous and Combined Swim on Front and Back
  • Water Safety

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Learn to Swim Level 1

 

Polliwog 2

Learning Fundamentals Ages 6+

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

The objective of Polliwog 2 is to give participants success with fundamental skills.  This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills that lay the foundation for future strokes.

 

Skill Focus

  • Breath Control, Rotary Breathing, Submerging
  • Buoyancy Control (Front and Back), Changing Directions, Treading
  • Alternating, Simultaneous and Combined Swim on Front and Back
  • Water Safety

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Learn to Swim Level 2

 

Guppy 1

Increasing Endurance Ages 6+

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

The objective of Guppy 1 is to build on previously learned skills while learning new kicks and fundamentals of treading and water safety.

 

Skills Focus

  • Personal Safety, and Personal Growth
  • Front and Back Flutter Kick, Breast Stroke, Back Stroke Development
  • Basic Rescue Skills

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Learn to Swim Level 3

 

Guppy 2

Increasing Endurance Ages 6+

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

The objective of Guppy 2 is to develop the participants confidence in strokes learned thus far, while improving other aquatic skills and increasing their endurance.  Participants will learn the back crawl, breast stroke and butterfly as well as the basics of turning at the wall.

 

Skill Focus

  • Personal Safety and Personal Growth
  • Front and Back Flutter Kick, Breast Stroke and Back Stroke Development
  • Basic Rescue Skills

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Learn to Swim Level 4

 

Minnow-Fish

Refining Performance Ages 6+

(Sturgeon Bay & Northern Door)

The objective of Minnow-Fish is coordination and refinement of strokes.  Flip turns are introduced, refinement of the participants performance in order to swim with ease, efficiency, power and endurance.  Endurance and stroke technique along with surface dives, survival floating and lead up skills to lifeguarding are the core of the class. 

 

Skill Focus

  • Stroke Development, Efficiency and Endurance
  • Wall Turns
  • Personal Safety Skills Reviewed
  • Basic Rescue Skills

RED CROSS EQUIVALENT: Learn to Swim Level 5/6

Swim and Board

Ages 6+

(Northern Door)

This class is designed for those who are challenged with basic breath control and body control skills in the water. The class addressed the breath control first and then we move into body control through use of surfboards, boogie boards, kick boards, fins, and towing. The class tools we use make the program somewhat non-traditional, however, use of the surfboard not only promotes getting the swimmer into a more streamlined body position, but when the swimmer paddles, can train the brain and muscles in the proper arm stroke technique for front crawl, butterfly and with modifications, breaststroke. Classes can be adapted and created for traditional, autistic, or special needs individuals.

 

Small Group Improvement Class

Ages 5+

(Northern Door)

(Minimum of 2, maximum of three in each class)

If you would like your child to get extra attention on specific skills that are challenging to them, this is a great opportunity for your child to work in a small group setting with one of our instructors. There will be more time to focus on specific challenges with your swimmer or you may just want your child to get some extra practice in.


 

Dolphin Club

Pre-Competitive Swim

Ages 5+ (Sturgeon Bay)

A great introduction to the Doorfins Swim Team, Dolphin Club is designed for swimmers, with no previous competitive experience, to get a taste of commitment, skills and all the fun that goes along with being a part of a team!

  • Must be able to swim 1 length of the pool non-stop freestyle
  • All age groups will be determined by the swimmer’s ability
  • Dolphin Swim Club members are eligible to swim at home meets for 

 

Doorfins Swim Team-Competitive Swim

The DCY Swim Team is a program that provides complete year-round swimming for all levels.  The Team provides opportunities for swimmers who are interested in being part of a team that can help them reach their full swimming potential.  The Door County YMCA Swim Team has a strong history of excellence not only in Wisconsin.  We are also a program nationally recognized through several national level swimmers.  The DCY Swim Team is designed to meet the needs of swimmers with a wide range of ages, experiences, and abilities.  Participation on the DCY Swim Team develops not only swimming skills, but also sportsmanship, work ethic and team spirit while emphasizing fun.

Doorfins Swim Team Website