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YMCA Swim Programs

The Y has been teaching people to swim for more than a century!  We offer a variety of swim programs for all ages that challenge and develop participants in spirit, mind, & body.  From toddlers who need basic water safety and survival skills to seniors who need to brush up on their breast stroke, YMCA swimming is for everyone.

Find Your Swim Level

Our swim levels focus on a skill-based approach that is designed to meet your child’s needs and help participants reach their goals.

Choosing the Right Class for Your Child

Preschool Ages 3-5

Is your child comfortable with their face in the water? Can they float on their back independently? Can they swim 5-10 feet unassisted? If no, your child will be in Stage 1 (Preschool)

Is your child able to swim 15 yards independently? Are they able to tread water for 15-20 seconds? Are they able to swim Front Crawl and Back Crawl 15 yards independently? If no, your child will be in Stage 2 (Preschool)

Is your child able to swim a full lap of the pool doing front crawl? Have they learned freestyle, backstroke, and breastroke? Are they able to comfortably breathe on their side? Can they tread water for at least 30 seconds? If no, your child will be in Stage 3 (Preschool)

Youth Ages 6-13

Is your child comfortable in the water? Are they able to tread water? Can they swim 15-20 feet independently? Are they able to dive for rings? If no, your child will be in Stage 3 (Youth)

Is your child comfortable with the front crawl and side breathing? Can they swim one lap of each stroke? Can they tread water for up to a minute? If no, then your child will be in Stage 4 (Youth)

Can your child swim a 50 (2 lengths of the pool) of each stroke? Are they comfortable and confident in all 4 strokes? Do they know how to do a flip turn? If no, your child will be in Stage 5 (Youth)

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Participating YMCA Locations

Fullerton

Mission Viejo

Newport-Mesa

Santa Ana

Pomona

Charter Schools

The YMCA of Orange County is an approved vendor for the following:

Excel Academy

National University Academy

Inspire Charter Schools

Empire Springs Charter

ILead Schools

Sky Mountain Charter

Diego Hills Charter

Julian Charter

Sage Oak Charter

Please contact Jennifer Heinen at (949) 495-9622 for an assessment or info about your local YMCA branch.