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Swim Lessons

Platte County South

AGES: 6 months - 12 years
DAYS: All sessions are 8 classes
FEES: Vary by session
LOCATION: 8875 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152

All sessions include 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.

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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 B: Water Exploration

AGES: 6 months - 2 years

Water Exploration focuses on learning body positions, blowing bubbles and practicing fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents and guardians learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

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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: Preschool, ages 3-5 years or 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.

Parkville Piranhas Swim Club

For kids ready to take their swim skills to the next level, Swim Club provides an opportunity to work on strokes, build endurance and participate in meets in a positive and fun atmosphere. This semi-competitive group is ideal for the swimmers who have completed swim lessons, have a knowledge of the four competitive strokes and may have an interest in participating on a competitive swim team in the future.

Synchronized Swimming Club

Explore and learn the basics of synchronized swimming before progressing as a group into more intricate moves. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. Visit the Welcome Center or call 816.505.2622 for more information.

Blue Wave Competitive Swim Team

Take your swim training to the next level with our Kansas City YMCA Blue Wave for ages 5-17. Blue Wave includes USA Swimming competitive teams and club teams for swimmers who prefer a more recreational environment.