When you think about fall activities for your kids, pumpkin carving, trick or treating and spooky stories might make the list, but have you thought about swim lessons?
Parents all across the Charlotte area have discovered a new trend: cold-weather-months are actually the perfect time to sign their kids up for indoor swim lessons at their local YMCA.
1. You can Beat the Spring and Summertime Rush
With the Y's progressive curriculum that teaches one million kids to swim each year across the nation, families in our area compete during the spring and summer months to get a swim lesson spot at their Y. Fall may be the perfect opportunity to secure your child's place.
Did you know that swim lessons fill two times faster in the summer and three times faster in the spring than they do in the fall and winter months at the YMCA? Unless you sign up very early, you may not get your preferred class schedule.
The fall gives you a chance to be ahead of the swim lesson rush. With conveniently-scheduled lessons in 11 Charlotte-area branches, the Y gives your family options near work, school and home.
2. You can Capitalize on Your Child's Summertime Successes
Whether your child spent this summer getting comfortable around water but hasn't had their first swim lesson yet, or your teen is practicing their competitive swim strokes, the Y has lessons for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The program is split into a progressive curriculum:
- Swim Starters: Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers increase their comfort level in the water and develop swim readiness skills, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision.
- Swim Basics: Taught in three stages, swimmers learn what to do when underwater, how to exit a pool safely, change direction in water and develop rhythmic breathing while swimming longer distances.
- Swim Strokes: This three-stage progression is intended for swimmers who have mastered the basics. Each stage will refine technique for all competitive swim strokes, including front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.
3. You can Prepare Your Swimmer to Join a Team
Many of our Y branches offer seasonal swim teams, and a fall lesson could prepare your child to join a winter league! Through youth swim teams at the Y, kids discover the joy of being part of a team and strive to reach their personal best, while they hone their aquatics skills in a friendly competitive environment.
Looking for One-to-One Instruction?
While YMCA group lessons offer individualized instruction, private swim lessons at the Y give parents an opportunity to provide even closer attention to their swimmer's needs. Professional instructors will assess your child's abilities and give personalized and purposeful lessons to improve their skills and increase comfort in the water.
Ready to Teach Your Child an Essential Lifelong Skill?
Swim lesson registration is open right now! Beat the rush and sign your child up for fall classes.