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Swim Lessons

Atchison YMCA


Enroll in swim lessons at the Atchison YMCA/Cray Community Center! Our programs are about more than just the techniques and skills. They are about nurturing swimming skills, developing self-esteem and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime.

AGES: 6 months - 12 years
DAYS: All lessons are eight classes
FEES: Vary by session
LOCATION: 321 Commercial, Atchison, KS 66002

All lessons are eight classes.

Bring a swimsuit, towel and goggles (without a nose mask) to each lesson. Disposable diapers are not allowed in the pool. Young children must wear a swim diaper and a swimsuit.

A class is considered three or more children. If only one person is in the class, it becomes a private lesson and only four classes. If two children are in the class, it is semi-private and only six classes.

Registration is also available at the Welcome Center or by calling 913.367.4948.

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Stage A: Water Discovery

AGES: 6 months - 2 years

Infants and young children can adjust to the water and learn basic skills with Swim Starters swim lessons at the Y. In this enrichment class, designed for children 6 months to 3 years old, one or both parents or guardians participate with their child in supervised activities that help children become more comfortable in the water.

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

AGES: Preschool, ages 3-5 years or Youth, ages 6-12 years

Water Acclimation is the first stage of swim lessons and focuses on skills for beginners. In Water Acclimation, students are introduced to the pool and develop safe water habits in a fun and encouraging environment. Students become comfortable with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit a body of water in the event they fall in. This introductory stage builds the foundation for the child's future progress in swimming.

Stage 2: Water Movement

AGES: Preschool, ages 3-5 years or Youth, ages 6-12 years

Water Movement is the second stage of swim lessons. In this stage, students focus on body position and control, forward movement, directional change and basic self-rescue skills. This stage also reinforces how to safely exit a body of water in the event of falling in.

Stage 3: Water Stamina

AGES: Youth, ages 6-12 years

Water Stamina is the third stage of swim lessons and the final stage in the Swim Basics phase. In this stage, students learn basic stroke techniques, rotary breathing and integrated arm and leg action. In the event they fall into a body of water, children learn how to swim, move to safety and exit.

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Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

AGES: Youth, ages 6-12 years

Stroke Introduction is the fourth stage of swim lessons and the first in the Swim Strokes category. Students develop the basic frontcrawl and backcrawl strokes and are introduced to components of the breaststroke and butterfly strokes. Students also build endurance and practice safety techniques for deep water.

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Atchison Alligators
Swim Team

Youth Swimmer

A developmental swim team where kids ages 6-18 refine the four competitive swim strokes and enjoy the opportunity to compete in a monthly swim meet at various Kansas City YMCA locations. Joining Swim Team provides opportunities for growth through setting and meeting goals and learning good sportsmanship in a competitive setting. Practices are a minimum of 240 minutes a week.