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Swimming is a life skill. The YMCA has been teaching people of Central Indiana how to swim for over 150 years, especially children, helping them to be safe around water and prevent accidents.


Water fitness and swimming provide health benefits across the lifespan, from young to those young-at-heart. Participants safely enjoy aquatic classes at all levels, from beginner to expert. Our parent and child lessons help toddlers get comfortable in the water; while all preschool and youth swim lessons develop progressive skills, building upon a child’s confidence in and out of the pool. All Y swim lessons can be group or private, including instruction for teen and adults. As a result, we make it easy for everyone to learn this important life skill.

Stage 1 / Water Acclimation


This program increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.


  • Blow Bubbles – mouth & nose submerged, assisted
  • Front Tow – blow bubbles, assisted
  • Water Exit – assisted
  • Water Entry – assisted
  • Back Float – assisted, head on chest
  • Roll – assisted
  • Front Float – blow bubbles, assisted
  • Back Tow – assisted, head on chest
  • Monkey Crawl – assisted, 10 ft.

Stage 2 / Water Movement


This swim program encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.


  • Submerge – look at object on bottom
  • Front Glide – 10 ft. (5 ft. preschool)
  • Water Exit – independently
  • Jump, Push, Turn, Grab
  • Back Float – 20 secs. (10 secs. preschool)
  • Roll
  • Front Float – 20 secs. (10 secs. preschool)
  • Back Glide – 10 ft. (5 ft. preschool)
  • Tread Water – 10 secs., near wall, & exit
  • Swim, Float, Swim – 5 yd.

Stage 3 / Water Stamina


This swim program develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.


  • Submerge Retrieve – object in chest-deep water
  • Swim on Front – 15 yd. (10 yd. preschool)
  • Water Exit – independently
  • Jump, Swim, Turn, Swim, Grab – 10 yd.
  • Swim on Back – 15 yd. (10 yd. preschool)
  • Roll
  • Tread Water – 1 min. & exit (30 secs. preschool)
  • Swim, Float, Swim – 25 yd. (15 yd. preschool)

Stage 4 / Stroke Introduction


This swim program introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl

Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.


  • Endurance – any stroke or combination of strokes, 25 yd.
  • Front Crawl – rotary breathing, 15 yd.
  • Back Crawl – 15 yd.
  • Dive – sitting
  • Resting Stroke – elementary backstroke, 15 yd.
  • Tread Water – scissor & whip kick, 1 min.
  • Breaststroke – kick, 15 yd.
  • Butterfly – kick, 15 yd.

Stage 5 / Stroke Development


This swim program introduces breast-stroke and butterfly

Water safety is reinforced through treading water and sidestroke. Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.


  • Endurance – any stroke or combination of strokes, 50 yd.
  • Front Crawl – bent-arm recovery, 25 yd.
  • Back Crawl – pull, 25 yd.
  • Dive – kneeling
  • Resting Stroke – sidestroke, 25 yd.
  • Tread Water – scissor & whip kick, 2 mins.
  • Breaststroke – 25 yd.
  • Butterfly – simultaneous arm action & kick, 15 yd.

Stage 6 / Stroke Mechanics


This program refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes

Encourages participants to include swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.


  • Endurance – any stroke or combination of strokes, 150 yd.
  • Front Crawl – flip turn, 50 yd.
  • Back Crawl – pull & flip turn,50 yd.
  • Dive – standing
  • Resting Stroke – elementary backstroke or sidestroke, 50 yd.
  • Tread Water – retrieve object off bottom, tread 1 min.
  • Breaststroke – open turn, 50 yd.
  • Butterfly – 25 yd.

Private Swim Lessons


Private swim lessons allow for accelerated learning

Swim lessons offer individualized attention for each student. Participants will receive eight thirty-minute lessons customized by skill level and goals.

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Semi-Private Swim Lessons


Semi-Private swim lessons are great for siblings, family members, and friends

These lessons allow two or more participants of similar skill level and age to learn together. Participants will receive eight thirty minute lessons with flexible scheduling that can be customized to your goals and needs.

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Teen & Adult Swim Lessons


Beginner: (Ages 13+)

Designed to help non-swimmers feel comfortable in the water

Swimmers progress at their own pace and learn the enjoyment of water activities. Each session meets once a week for 6 weeks.

Intermediate: (Ages 13+) Designed for swimmers who feel comfortable in the shallow and deep ends of the pool, but now need to develop their swimming stroke. This class is not intended for those only needing technical refinement. Each session meets once a week for 6 weeks. For advanced instruction ask about MultiFit Alpha.

Benjamin Harrison Barracudas


A truly competitive swim team for serious swimmers

Practice is 3-5 days a week and during the off season we meet a minimum of once a month. Our coaches will focus on increasing the endurance and speed, while refining technique in a positive and fun environment.

Fishers YMCA Sharks


The Fishers YMCA Sharks is a YMCA youth swim team.

We focus on character development, learning competitive skills, and having fun. As a team we strive to ingrain a love and passion for the sport of swimming. Our goal is to create a spirit of healthy competition and sportsmanship that is centered on the Y’s Four Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

The Sharks are a swim team designed for swimmers who have the knowledge of competitive swimming, can swim a distance of 50 yards or more without stopping at each end of the pool. These swimmers should be able to swim competitive strokes on their stomachs as well as their backs.

Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay Otters


Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay Otters 

The team focuses on character development, learning competitive skills, and having fun.

We strive to ingrain a love and passion for the sport of swimming. Our goal is to create a spirit of healthy competition and sportsmanship that is centered on the Y’s Four Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Coaches will help swimmers work on endurance and form to prepare for upcoming meets. Workouts will include a combination of endurance, speed, and drill techniques. Levels are based on age and ability. Our coaches will attend all practices and meets – giving their all for our team. Swimmers under the age of 8 must be able to swim 25 yards on their stomach without stopping.

Ransburg Rays Swim Club


Swim Club for ages 8-16, this is a fun alternative to competitive swim programs

Participants will utilize skills mastered in Y Swim School. Seasons are designed in length to offer swimmers the most from development. The Advanced group participates in YMCA swim meets and may represent the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis in USA Swimming invitational competitions. Contact the Aquatic Director for more details: (317) 554-8077.

Stroking Onward


For children who love to swim but aren’t quite ready for the commitment of a swim team

Stroking Onward focuses on the continued development of the Y’s progressive swim skills as well as the responsibility of water safety.

Aqua HIIT


Aqua HIIT (Aqua High Intensity Interval Training) is designed for those who are ready to push themselves to new levels of physical fitness.

The high intensity format allows you to continue to burn calories and receive cardiovascular benefits even after you complete the work out. The water allows you to do this in an environment that reduces impact and provides strength and cardio work at the same time. It is truly a class designed for those who want to get the most out of there fitness routine and their time.

Aqua Zumba®


Known as the Zumba “pool party”

With a RPE rating of 4-6 Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class. Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua ftness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.

Water Yoga


Water Yoga class with modifications to meet all levels.

You do not need to know how to swim. Class is held in warm water pool. Please check the pool schedules for available class days & times.

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