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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 - -/nsure 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 and schedule.

Next Sessions

January

Mondays & Wednesdays, 1/7-1/30  (No class 1/21) or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1/8-1/31

Saturdays, 1/5-1/26

Registration Begins 12/13 

 

February

Mondays & Wednesdays, 2/4-2/27 or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2/5-2/28,

Saturdays, 2/2-2/23

Registration Begins 1/17

 

March

Mondays & Wednesdays, 3/4-4/3 or Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3/5-4/4 (No classes 3/25-3/28

Saturdays, 3/2-3/30 (No class 3/23)

Registration Begins 2/14

 

 

Level Descriptions

Level 1: BEGINNER 1 - INTRODUCTION TO SWIMMING

Introduction to Swimming is for adults who have discomfort, or fear of the water, but also have a strong willingness to learn. The class covers the most basic principles of moving through water. Safety is the Y’s main priority, so the class will focus adults to develop breathing rhythms and rudimentary swimming techniques for aquatic fitness and recreation. Class objectives: Students who take this level should feel more comfortable in the water, floating, and swimming a safety stroke.

Level 2: BEGINNER 2 - LEARNING THE FUNDAMENTALS

Students in Learning the Fundamentals, should be comfortable floating on their front and back as well as submerging their face and whole body in the water.  Safety strokes will be taught early to develop stroke and kicking fundamentals. Then learn flutter kick and alternating stroke techniques.  Front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke will be introduced and developed. Class objectives: Students in this level will learn to swim 25 meters front crawl, 20 meters backstroke, and 20 meters breaststroke..

Level 3: INTERMEDIATE - SWIMMING BUILDING BLOCKS

Students in Swimming Building Blocks should be able to swim 25 meters of front crawl (freestyle), 20 meters of backstroke, and 20 meters of breaststroke.  Goals of this class include refining the mechanics and timing of strokes, kicking and coordinated breathing.  Dolphin kick, streamlining, somersaults, and push-off techniques are encouraged to prepare students for Level 4. Class objectives: Students in this level will learn be able to swim laps efficiently and consistently for 45 minutes in the front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.

Level 4: ADVANCED - STROKE REFINEMENT

Students in Stroke Refinement are expected to have the endurance to swim 100 meters of any stroke and be able to swim for 30 minutes with breaks, if necessary.  Student refine skills for the four competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl) and build stamina through an understanding of workout designs and executing efficient flip-turns. Class objectives: by the end of this level students should be able to swim 1500-meter workouts over the course of the class. 

Level 5: BRIDGE TO MASTERS (60 MINUTES)

Students taking the Bridge to Masters level 5 are expected to have a great understanding of swimming technique and who would like to expand and improve their workout routine. Designed as a bridge between the group swim lessons and our Masters program, it is a great opportunity for current lap swimmers to improve technique in a structured workout. Each participant must be able to swim at least 1000 meters in 45mins and know three out of the four competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly). 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

Facility Members: $20 per month

Community Participants: $85 per month

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.