Learn to Swim with the Y

Learning to Swim with Parent and child

Parent & Child classes are designed for an adult (not necessarily a parent), and a child under 4 years of age to participate together to learn and practice fundamental swimming and water safety skills. Students are acclimated to the water through a series of games, activities, and skills led by an instructor. Parents learn important holding and support techniques to assist their young swimmers along with basic water safety for young children. Like all of our American Red Cross swimming lessons, these classes are led by certified Water Safety Instructors, with sessions designed for the skill and cognitive development of individual students.

Parent Child Badge 1

In Level 1, your child is introduced to basic skills as the foundation for future skills and the development of water competency (the basic minimum skills need for water safety).


  • Familiarize children between the ages of 6 months and approximately 3 years with the water and teach swimming readiness skills

  • Provide safety information for parents and teach techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water


  • No skill prerequisites

  • Child must be at least 6 months old

  • Parent must accompany child to each class

Parent Child Badge 2

In Level 2, your child will begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and will begin to gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.


  • Orient participants to the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatic skills.


  • Successful demonstration of the Learn-to-Swim Level 1 exit skills assessment

Parent Child Side
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