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Adult Swim Lessons

The Embarcadero YMCA Aquatics Department builds strong kids, strong families, and strong communities by acting as a national leader in safety, offering cutting edge adult and community programming, educating the community on aquatic safety and healthy lifestyles, and providing the resources to ensure everyone in San Francisco, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to learn to swim./

YMCA Aquatics is about water safety, skill development, and fun for everyone. We have an aquatic program for every skill level and interest. Our programs are about more than just technique and skill; they are about creating positive experiences, developing self-esteem, and building friendships that will last a lifetime. 

For more information, please download our Aquatics Program brochure.

Next Sessions

August

Mondays & Wednesdays, 8/5-8/28  or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/6-8/29

Fridays, 8/9-8/30

Saturdays, 8/3-8/24

Registration Begins 7/22 

 

September

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/4-9/25  or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/3-9/26

Fridays, 9/6-9/27

Saturdays, 9/7-9/28

Registration Begins 8/19

 

October

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/30-10/23  or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10/1-10/24

Fridays, 10/4-10/25

Saturdays, 10/5-10/26

Registration Begins 9/16

 

November

Mondays & Wednesdays, 10/28-11/20  or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10/29-11/21

Fridays, 11/1-11/22

Saturdays, 11/2-11/23

Registration Begins 10/14

 

December

Mondays & Wednesdays, 12/2-12/18  or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12/3-12/19

Fridays, 12/6-12/20

Saturdays, 12/7-12/21

Registration Begins 11/11

 

Level Descriptions

Level 1: BEGINNER 1 - INTRODUCTION TO SWIMMING

This class is for adults who have discomfort or fear of the water, but also have a strong willingness to learn. Safety is the Y’s main priority, so the class will focus on developing breathing rhythms and rudimentary swimming techniques for aquatic fitness and recreation. MAIN CLASS OBJECTIVES: Comfort in water, floating, and swimming a safety stroke.

Level 2: BEGINNER 2 - LEARNING THE FUNDAMENTALS

Students should be comfortable floating on their front side, submerging their face, and having their whole body in the water. Safety strokes will be taught to develop fundamentals. Focus is on the flutter kick and alternating stroke techniques to the front crawl and backstroke with an introduction to breaststroke. MAIN CLASS OBJECTIVES: To swim 25 meters front crawl, 20 meters backstroke, and basic breaststroke format.

Level 3: INTERMEDIATE - SWIMMING BUILDING BLOCKS

Students should be able to swim 25 meters of freestyle (front crawl), 20 meters of backstroke, and understand breaststroke fundamentals. We will refine the mechanics and timing of strokes, kicking and coordinated breathing. Streamlining and push-off techniques are encouraged for the next level. MAIN CLASS OBJECTIVES: To swim laps efficiently and consistently in the front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.

Level 4: ADVANCED - STROKE REFINEMENT

Students are expected to have the endurance to swim 50 meters of any stroke and be able to swim for 30 minutes with breaks, if necessary.  Students will refine skills and build stamina for the strokes previously taught (backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle) and be introduced to the dolphin kick for the butterfly stroke using efficient flip-turns. MAIN CLASS OBJECTIVES: Be able to swim 1000-meter workouts and gain understanding of workout designs. 

Level 5: BRIDGE TO MASTERS (60 MINUTES)

Students are expected to have a thorough understanding of swimming techniques and would like to expand and refine their skills for the four competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl). Designed as a bridge between the group swim lessons and our Masters program, this is an opportunity for current lap swimmers to improve their technique in a structured workout. Classes will consist of full workouts, stroke clinics, specialty classes and personal instructor feedback.

Masters Swim Team

We offer coached practices five days per week. Coaches provide speed and endurance training, motivation, drills, stroke technique, and fun workouts. Our team participates in multiple open-water swims and swim meets throughout the year.  Try out a practice and speak with one of our coaches. They will let you know whether or not they can accommodate your speed/ability in their group. Come try it out! We offer one free workout for members interested in joining the team. 

PREREQUISITES

Know three out of four competitive strokes

Swim 2000 meters in an hour and be prepared to do a variety of workouts including short and long sets, kicking set, pull sets, drill sets, sprints, etc.

Register at the Member Services desk. We do not prorate for late registration.

CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING TIMES

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 6-7:30am and 7:30-8:30am

Tuesday/Thursday: 7:30-8:30pm

MASTERS SWIM TEAM FEE

Advanced Level: Mon-Wed-Friday:  Facility $25

Intermediate Level: Mon-Wed-Friday:  Facility $25 / Tue-Thurs: $20

MASTER’S SWIM TEAM POLICIES 

No prorating in cases of late registration

No limit to quantity or times of session’s participants may attend.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE MASTERS SWIM TEAM CONTACT:

Mohammad Asaad: masaad@ymcasf.org

People 

James Beckland
415-615-1326

Jimmy has a passion for health, wellness and sports. In his free time he enjoys going to concerts, playing sports and enjoying outdoor activities around the beautiful Bay Area.