Volunteers with the Grand Lake Family YMCA  are offering swimming lessons for ages three till 12 at the Grove city pool.

The next session will start July 9 and runs until July 20 and the final session July 23 until August 3.

Lessons will be taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor and will be focusing on learning personal safety and diving techniques.

The class will also teach students to use a variety of stokes from the front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and even the butterfly.

The cost for classes differs being $30 for members of the YMCA and $40 for community participants.

The YMCA does offer financial assistance which applicants must qualify for.

The groups are broken up into different classes and the following is a breakdown of the requirements as listed by the YMCA.

Ages 3-5 years

PIKE: The pike class is for beginning swimmers. They will learn adjustment skills in the shallow and deep end, front and back floats, kicking, and some swimming.


TO PASS: They must be able to kick and blow bubbles, kick one length with kickboard, back float (10 seconds), and swim 10 feet independently.

EEL: The eel class is for children well adjusted to the water.

PRE-REQS: Pass Pike skills.

SKILLS INTRO: Eels will learn more independent floating, diving, and swimming.

TO PASS: They must swim one length on front and back independently, do front and back float (15 seconds), and master sitting dives.

RAY: The Ray class is intended for the advanced pre-school swimmer.

PRE-REQS: Pass Eel skills.

SKILLS INTRO: Emphasis will be placed on endurance and learning more advanced strokes.

TO PASS: They must float (one minute) on front and back, swim two lengths front and back crawl, master sitting, kneeling, and standing dives, and swim one length front crawl with rotary breathing.

Progressive Swimming Lessons

Ages 6-12

POLLIWOG: The Polliwog class focuses on water adjustment.


SKILLS INTRO: Front and back floating, gliding, swimming and rhythmic and rotary breathing.

TO PASS: They must do a front and back float (15 seconds), glide and flutter kick one length on back and front, show rhythmic and rotary breathing and increased confidence.

GUPPY: The Guppy class focuses on continuing to develop basic skills.

PRE-REQS: Pass Polliwog or equivalent skills.

SKILLS INTRO: Survival floats, treading water, development of front and back crawl, sitting dives, and sculling.

TO PASS: Front and back float (one minute), tread water (30 seconds), swim on front one length, swim front crawl with rotary breathing.

MINNOW: The minnow class focuses on stroke introduction.

PRE-REQS: Pass Guppy or equivalent skills.

SKILLS INTRO: Treading water with scissor kick, kneeling and standing dives, front and back crawl, and rescue breaths.

TO PASS: Survival float (three minutes), tread with scissor kick (30 seconds), sitting, kneeling, and standing dives, and front and back crawl one length.

FISH: The fish level focuses on endurance and stroke enhancement.

PRE-REQS: Pass Minnow or equivalent skills.

SKILLS INTRO: Breast stroke kick, elementary back stroke, dolphin kick, advanced sculling, underwater swimming, surface dives.

TO PASS: Survival float (six minutes), tread three to five minutes using breast stroke and side stroke kick and others. Breast stroke, side stroke dolphin kick two lengths, front and back crawl two lengths, demonstrate rescue breathing and first aid.

Advanced Class

Dolphin: This class will be for participants that have passed the fish skills and are ready to develop better and stronger skills in the different strokes. The focus will be on technique and strengthening endurance through lap swimming in the variety of strokes.

Session Times (Monday through Thursday)

8:30 – 9 a.m.: Pike, Pike, Eel, Dolphin

9:05 – 9:35 a.m.: Polliwog, Polliwog, Guppy, Fish

9:40 – 10:10 a.m.: Pike, Eel, Ray, Dolphin

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish

For more information persons interested may contact the YMCA office at 918-786-5774.