Updated Y-USA Swim Lesson Curriculum launching Fall 1

We are excited to share that we are launching an updated swim lesson curriculum from the YMCA of USA starting with the Fall 1 session at the Green County Family YMCA.

Why has the curriculum changed?

Through feedback from parents, staff, and aquatics experts, YMCA of the USA has updated the swim curriculum to focus on water safety skills as a foundation for all ages. Once water safety skills have been mastered, we will introduce stroke development and techniques. The skills and topics taught in each level are based on the developmental milestones of youth.

What has changed?

The biggest change you will notice is the name of the levels. The level names have been changed to represent the skills being taught in each level. The next noticeable change is the ages for each level. Expanding the ages allows for more progression through levels. Our curriculum is now focused on teaching basic water safety skills then progressing to stroke development and technique. View our Swim Lesson Conversion Chart here.

How will I know what level my child should be in?

If your child is currently in lessons, the new swim lesson level will be marked on their report card at the end of Summer session. If your child is not enrolled in classes, click here to download our swim lesson level guide

Have other questions? Contact our Aquatics Director Brenda Ritschard at 608-325-2003 or

Winter 1 Session

January 7 - February 23

View all Youth Swim Lessons Here

Parent and Child Lessons

A / Water Discovery
Thursday 9:30-10:00
Thursday 5:15-5:45
Saturday 9:45-10:15

B / Water Exploration
Thursday 9:30-10:00
Thursday 5:15-5:45
Saturday 9:45-10:15

Preschool Swim Lessons

Level 1, 2 & 3 / Water Acclimation, Water Movement & Water Stamina
Monday 6:15-6:45
Tuesday 4:30-5:00
Thursday 10:30-11:00
Thursday 4:45-5:15
Thursday 5:15-5:45
Saturday 9:45-10:15

School Age Swim Lessons

Level 1 & 2 / Water Movement & Water Stamina
Monday 3:15-4:00
Monday 6:15-6:45
Tuesday 4:00-4:30
Thursday 5:45-6:30
Saturday 10:15-11:00

Level 3 & 4 / Water Stamina & Stroke Introduction
Monday 3:15-4:00
Monday 5:30-6:15
Tuesday 4:00-4:30
Thursday 5:45-6:30
Saturday 10:15-11:00

Level 5 & 6 / Stroke Development & Stroke Mechanics
Monday 3:15-4:00
Tuesday 4:00-4:30
Thursday 5:45-6:30
Saturday 10:15-11:00

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Flip and Float

(Ages 3-5) Flip & Float is a preschool program that spends a half hour in the gymnastics center working on fine and gross motor skills, flexibility and basic tumbling skills. The other half hour is spent in the pool to work on basic water skills such as beginner stroke, kicks, blowing bubbles, and floats with time left for woggles, rings, and songs.

Tuesday 4:00 – 4:30 pm (gym) 4:30 – 5:00 pm (pool)
Thursday 10:00 – 10:30 am (gym) 10:30 – 11:00 am (pool)
Thursday 4:00 – 4:30 pm (gym) 4:45 – 5:15 pm (pool)

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Private Swim Lessons

Who benefits from private lessons?

  • Children uncomfortable in lessons
  • Older children who are non-swimmers
  • Quick improvement of certain strokes and technique
  • Special needs
  • Big fear of water
  • Want skills learned faster
  • Wants to join swim team and get a head start
  • Lessons scheduled at parents request
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Aquatic Policy

Any lifeguard questioning a swimmer’s skill can request the swimmer pass the YMCA swim test: The swimmer must swim “Front Crawl” with rhythmic breathing one length of the pool (25 meters) and tread water for a minimum of 1 minute. If a swimmer is unable to pass these skills, the individual must stay where he/she can touch the bottom of the pool with their head above water.

Swim/Study Program

Strong Swimmer Program
Children are bused (supervised by Y staff) immediately after school to the YMCA. After arriving at the Y they receive a healthy snack, some physical activity and swim lessons. It is proven that children who are active after school do better at their homework. This convenient program has everything your child needs in an after school program.

Gators Swim Team

The Green County Family YMCA’s competitive swim team exists to benefit ALL children who show an interest in training and competing.
Benefits of Gator Swim Team:

  • Coached by a 2 time Olympic trial coach
  • Learn the 4 competitive strokes correctly
  • Learn starts, turns, and dive
  • Learn to have a work ethic
  • Learn to be a role model
  • Learn to be a team player

One of the YMCA swim teams objective is to help young athletes develop their full potential, while clarifying their personal values in a positive atmosphere

Members are reminded that accidents and injuries could occur during participation at the YMCA. All participants should understand that they need to be prudent in their actions, keeping safety for themselves and others in mind. The swimming pool is a place where safety is #1. Members and guests are not to distract the lifeguard in any way; participants must obey the pool rules and follow the direction of the lifeguards and instructors. Parents share the responsibility of safety in all areas of the YMCA.

For the Gators website, click here.

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Homeschool Swim

Skipper and Progressive swim programs offered to homeschool families. Family Swim is offered on opposite sessions of swim lessons.

Family Open Swim Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30

Inflatable Sundays

The pool is open to Members Only from 3:00 - 4:00 pm on Sundays. Inflatable toys will be out to play with or bring your own! Enjoy an hour of family time in the pool!

Friday Family Fun Night

Open swim for the entire family! Enjoy open swim together on the first Friday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Families are encouraged to participate together. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Free for Members
$5/family for non-members

Family Fun Swim

Saturdays from 3:00 - 4:00. Open swim for familes only. Free for Members, $5 per family for non-members.

Pool Policies

Parents are welcome to stay in the pool and watch their children in swim lessons. Parents must remain seated on bleachers to watch lessons. Parents will be asked to leave if their presence interferes with lessons or if young siblings are running on deck.

  • Missed swim lessons cannot be made up on different days because of the teacher/student ratio requirement.
  • For open swim, children 7 and under MUST be accompanied one-on-one by an adult, in the pool, at all times.
  • Children wearing any floatation device must be within arms length of parent.
  • Any canceled classes that are out of the YMCA’s control will not be made up unless there is a break week at the end of the session.
  • A $5 late fee will be added to anyone who signs up after classes have begun. This is due to the instructor to child ratio.
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