Group swim lessons

            -Spring 2023 Schedule:

                  -Spring 1: April 17 - May 20, 2023


-Summer 2023 Schedule:




  -Summer 1: June 5 - July 1, 2023 (4-week session)

                  -Summer 2: July 10 - August 12, 2023 (5-week session)

            -Summer Rapid Fire Lessons Schedule:

                  -Rapid Fire 1: June 5 - June 16, 2023

                  -Rapid Fire 2: June 19 - June 30, 2023

                  -Rapid Fire 3: July 10 - July 21, 2023

                  -Rapid Fire 4: July 24 - August 4, 2023


There is a reason why the YMCA is referred to as America's Favorite Swim Instructor. In YMCA classes, you or your child will be taught in a caring way how to swim. In addition, you will also learn about safety, rescue skills, and other water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. A variety of class times and types are available to meet your family's needs.

Class size is determined considering safety factors and participants' ages, making sure classes don't get too big to be comfortable. Private and semi-private lessons are also available to our members.

Classes may be canceled due to lack of enrollment. A minimum of three participants is required for classes to be held.

Advanced registration with full payment is required for programs. The YMCA is a member-driven organization. Members have priority registration over non-member registrations.

Swim Lesson Level Flow Chart


Advancement Goals 

Swim Lessons – Lakota Family YMCA 


Level 1 – Water Acclamation 

  • Bob independent 

  • Exit water (independently)  

Level 2 – Water Movement 

  • Front Glide – 10 ft 

  • Back Glide – 10 ft 

  • Front Float (assisted) - 20 seconds 

  • Back Float (assisted) - 20 seconds 

  • Rollover (assisted)  

  • Swim, Float, Swim (assisted) - 5 yds 

  • Jump, Push, Turn, Exit (independently)  

  • Tread Water – 10 seconds  

Level 3 – Water Stamina 

  • Submerge (retrieve object from bottom) 

  • Swim on Front – 15 yds 

  • Swim on Back – 15 yds  

  • Tread Water – 1 minute 

  • Rollover (independently) 

  • Swim, Float, Swim – 25 yds 

  • Jump, Push, Turn, Exit (independently) - 10 yds 

  • Exit Water (independently)  

Level 4 – Stroke Introduction 

  • Endurance Swim – any stroke (25 yds)  

  • Front Crawl (freestyle) w/ rotary breathing – 15 yds 

  • Back Crawl (backstroke) - 15 yds 

  • Sitting Dive  

  • Resting Stroke (elementary backstroke) - 15 yds 

  • Tread Water (scissor, breaststroke, and/or eggbeater kick) - 1 minute 

  • Breaststroke Kick – 15 yds 

  • Butterfly Kick – 15 yds 

Level 5 – Stroke Development 

  • Endurance Swim – any stroke (50 yds)  

  • Front Crawl (freestyle) w/ rotary breathing – 25 yds 

  • Back Crawl (backstroke) -  25 yds 

  • Kneeling Dive  

  • Resting Stroke (elementary backstroke) - 25 yds 

  • Tread Water (scissor, breaststroke, and/or eggbeater kick) - 1 minute 

  • Breaststroke – 25 yds 

  • Butterfly (simultaneous arm and kick movement) - 15 yds 

Level 6 – Stroke Mechanics  

  • Endurance Swim – any stroke (150 yds)  

  • Front Crawl (freestyle) w/ rotary breathing, flip turn – 50 yds 

  • Back Crawl (backstroke) w/ flip turn - 25 yds 

  • Standing Dive  

  • Resting Stroke (elementary backstroke or sidestroke) - 25 yds 

  • Tread Water (retrieve object from bottom, tread water) - 1 minute 

  • Breaststroke w/ open turn, two-hand finish – 50 yds 

  • Butterfly (two-hand finish) - 25 yds 


Sign up online using the ONLINE PORTAL.

Members and Program Participants now have access to their Lakota Family YMCA account online. Once you are registered for online access to the Online Portal, you can register for most programs and events, pay off balances, email, view account history and print receipts.


To be able to sign up for the Online Portal, it is necessary to call the YMCA's Welcome Center (513) 779-3917 to be placed in our system. Make certain that ALL family members connected to your membership are in the system.

  • Not in the Lakota Family YMCA system yet? Not a problem. Simply call the YMCA (513) 779-3917 to be set up. Don't wait until the day of registration to be set up to use the Online Portal. Call ahead to make sure you and your family are listed in our system.

NOTE: Online Registration is your best way to get into a class. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. on Registration Day. Walking in on Registration Day is your second best option. Calling in to be set up on Registration Day puts you in a call cue making it EXTREMELY difficult for you to get through and could prevent you from getting into a class.

NOTE: If you’ve never registered online (using the ONLINE PORTAL), call the Welcome Center for help at (513) 779-3917.

Avoid making duplicate online accounts. Always use the same names, and email address you’ve listed with the Lakota YMCA. If you need help or have registration questions, call the Welcome Center at (513) 779-3917.

Refund Policy

A full refund or credit will be issued to participants if the YMCA cancels a program. Credits will not be converted to a cash refund. The original participant must use the credit.

If you have any questions or would like a FREE evaluation please contact: Ben.Carnahan@LakotaYMCA.com