Swim Levels



Swim Levels
D.B.Green Pool at the YMCA of Brockville and Area


YMCA Lil' Dippers Program

Splasher/Bubblers - Lil' Dippers Parented (3 mos. - 3 yrs. with parent or caregiver) 
Parent and child learn basic water skills, entering and exiting the water, blowing bubbles, 
floating and basic safety skills all while playing games and singing songs.

Bobbers/Floaters (3-5 yrs, child only) 
Skills include becoming familiar with the water, entering and exiting, putting face in the 
water, blowing bubbles, using PFD's, Front/Back Floats, glides and jump-ins.

Gliders/Divers (3-5 yrs, child only)
Skills include deep water awareness, Surface support, deep water jump-ins, front/back/side 
glides and front/back swims 10m.

Surfers/Dippers (3-5 yrs, child only)
Skills include surface dives, front/back crawl, standing dives and endurance swims 25m.


YMCA Learn to Swim Program (for children 6 years and older)

The YMCA Learn to Swim program is a four-level instructional program that introduces your 
beginner swimmer to foundational aquatic activities. They will improve their body awareness 
and motor skills as they submerge, kick, roll and jump in the water. They will be competent 
swimmers on their front and back when they complete Swimmer

Core skills include going under water and gliding on top of the water

Core skills include using flutter kick and rolling the body from side to side for streamlined 
movement through water

Core skills include coordinating arms, legs and breathing for smooth propulsion during front 
and back crawl

Core skills include front and back crawl stroke standards, treading water for 1 minute, 
and 25m endurance swim


YMCA Star Program

The YMCA Star Program introduces your continuing swimmer to elementary backstroke, 
breaststroke, side stroke and increases their swimming distance to 350m by the end 
of Star 4. The optional items give you child opportunities to explore competitive swimming, 
synchronized swimming, water polo and aquatic fitness

Star 1
Core skills include whip kick on their back, and 75m endurance swim

Star 2
Core skills include whip kick on their front, eggbeater as surface support and 100m 
endurance swim

Star 3
Core skill include elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, and 200m endurance swim

Star 4
Core skills include breaststroke, side stroke, and 350m endurance swim


YMCA Star Leadership Program

The YMCA Star Leadership Program allows your competent and confident swimmer to 
build on their strong aquatic skills to learn to safely help others who are in trouble in 
the water, basic first aid skills, and to improve their physical fitness. Each level has a 
component of learning how to teach others, and optional items include advanced swim 
skills, competitive swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo and aquatic fitness.

Star 5
Core skills include butterfly, throwing a buoyant aid to a swimmer, creating and 
teaching a water game, and 500m endurance swim

Star 6
Core skills include first aid, towing someone to safety, demonstrating how to teach a 
skill, and 600m endurance swim

Star 7
Core skill include first aid, teaching someone a skill using effective feedback, 
and 400m in 12 minute endurance swim