Classes

​Swimming lesson classes are split into 10 levels. Use the filter below to display relevant levels, or use the Class Self Assessment tool to find out which level is best suited. View the Live Class Timetable​ to find a suitable day and time.

YMCA Swimming Lessons

Starfish

Starfish
  • Parent in water with child
  • Introduction to submersion activities
  • Reaching & grasping for safety
  • Buoyancy & floatation activities
  • Blowing bubbles on surface
  • Socialising with group activities

* Subject to availability. If not offered at your local Y, please book into Periwinkle.

Age Range
6 months - 2 years
Class Size
Up to 8

Periwinkle

Periwinkle
  • Parent in water with child
  • Aided movement in water
  • Aided jump and return to edge
  • Supported front and back float
  • Safe entry on request
  • Blow bubbles with face in the water
  • Reaching and grasping for safety
Age Range
1 - 2 years
Class Size
Up to 8

Minnow

Minnow
  • Parent in water with child
  • Independently jump and return to edge
  • Paddle and kick
  • Kicking on front and back
  • Reaching and grasping for safety
  • Independent submersion with bubbles
  • Unaided floating
Age Range
2+ years
Class Size
Up to 8

Tadpole

Tadpole
  • Push and glide with bubbles
  • Independent submersion with bubble blowing
  • Front and back float and recovery with minimal assistance
  • Aided jump entry and return to edge
  • Extended arm paddle
  • Aided kick on front and back
  • Aided treading water
  • Torpedo 3 metres
Age Range
3+ years
Class Size
Up to 4

Goldfish

Goldfish
  • Jump entry & return to edge
  • Independent Star float on Front and back with recovery
  • Independent Kick on back
  • Introduction to freestyle arms
  • Recover an object from chest depth water
  • Treading water
Age Range
3+ years
Class Size
Up to 4

Octopus

Octopus
  • Independent front float and back float with recovery
  • Push & glide
  • Jump entry & return to edge
  • Torpedo for 5 metres
  • Paddle & kick for 5 metres
  • Introduction to Freestyle arm action
  • Kicking on back unaided for 5 metres
  • Treading water
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 4

Sardine

Sardine
  • Jump entry into deep water & recover
  • Freestyle with side breathing for 8 metres
  • Backstroke for 8 metres
  • Duck Dive & Recover an object from chest depth water
  • Float, scull & tread water for 30 seconds & signal for help
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 5

Salmon

Salmon
  • Step in entry & recover
  • Kneeling Dive
  • Freestyle and Backstroke for 12 metres
  • Breaststroke kick with an aid for 5 metres
  • Duck dive, swim for 3 metres under water & recover an object
  • Float, scull & tread water for 1 minute & signal for help 
  • Head first sculling
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 5

Tuna

Tuna
  • Stride in entry
  • Freestyle 25 metres
  • backstroke 25 metres
  • Survival backstroke 25 metre
  • Breaststroke kick with breathing for 12 metres
  • Introductory dolphin kick
  • forwards somersault
  • With clothes, float, scull & tread water for 1 minute then remove clothes
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 7

Dolphin

Dolphin
  • Shallow dive
  • Freestyle 50 metres
  • Backstroke 50 metres
  • Breaststroke and Survival backstroke for 25 metres
  • Introductory butterfly arms
  • Dolphin kick for 12 metres
  • Perform a tumble turn
  • Accidental fall in demonstrating self-preservation for 25 metres
  • With clothes, float, scull & tread water for 2 minutes then remove clothes
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 7

Shark

Shark
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Freestyle 100 metres
  • Backstroke 100 metres
  • Breaststroke and Survival backstroke for 50 metres
  • Sidestroke for 25 metres
  • Butterfly for 15 metres
  • Using a combination of strokes perform a 400 metre swim
  • Clothed swim, flat, scull and tread water for five minutes, remove clothes and swim for five minutes
Age Range
5+ years
Class Size
Up to 8