Registration closes the Friday before the first day of the session. Every family has a hectic full schedule, so to insure you get a spot in the class that fits your family’s schedule, sign up as early as possible. Registration is done in person at the front desk, online, or by phone.
We have three individual private family locker rooms in addition to two adult and two youth locker rooms. Parents changing small children of the opposite gender are encouraged to use the family locker rooms. If the family locker rooms are too busy, please use the youth locker rooms. Children are not allowed in our adult locker rooms for any reason.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch the activity in the pool area. However, we must ask parents to watch from the spectator area or the bleachers. We realize this isn’t the best way to watch swim lessons, but we are required to keep spectators off the deck.
We require children to shower before they swim. After class, every child should take a nice soapy shower to avoid the chlorine-itchies.
Throughout the session, we track each child’s progress, so there is never any need to test. At the end of each session, you will receive a progress report.
We do not use the terms "pass" or "fail". Every child learns at his/her own pace. Even if your child has not mastered the skills at a particular level, he/she is gaining strength, endurance, confidence, and comfort with every class. Swimming is more like piano or dance lessons than it is like soccer.
An occasional absence because of an illness or a party invitation will not affect a child’s progress. However, missed classes cannot be made up
If school for RSU 1 is cancelled, our morning classes are automatically cancelled. A decision on afternoon classes will be made by noon. If your child attends afternoon or Saturday lessons, you can call the Y (443-4112) or check out website for closures. When we have to cancel a class, we will offer a make-up.
Supporting Your Child’s Swimming: How You Can Help
Your encouragement and interest in your child’s swimming will show him or her that learning to swim is important and that you are proud of his/her accomplishments. There are several concrete things you can do to help make your child’s experience successful and positive.
Hair and Eyes
Long hair can get in the way when swimming. It must be in either a ponytail or a cap. If your child's eyes bother him/her when swimming, maybe goggles will help.
Be patient with your child’s progress
Each child will move through the different levels at a different pace. Learning to swim is a complicated set of skills to master. It takes time to develop the coordination and endurance required, even when a child is trying his/her hardest.
We offer several times each week in the pool schedule for families to swim together. These times give your child a chance to practice and show you what he/she is learning. It will also help your child to see swimming as a fun family activity, not just something he or she has to do.
Please talk to us. If you have a question or a concern, or your child has expressed a worry to you, share those things with us. It is amazing how little issues can suddenly crop up and really upset a young swimmer. We have strategies for dealing with many problems.
The “D” Word: We never use the term “drowning” unless we are talking about credit card debt. Children don’t understand it very well; they just know it means death. If a child has learned to equate water with death, learning to swim will be that much more difficult. If you have used this word in the past, (everyone has, it slides out of our mouths as easily as “you’re going to poke your eye out”) just try turning it into a positive, like “staying safe” or “needing help”. Children who have respect for the water are much safer than those who are afraid. Be as positive as you can be about the whole swimming experience.
Children use their parents’ attitudes and behaviors as a model. They will follow your lead. Praise every small accomplishment and even the unsuccessful attempts at things. Give positive feedback, like: ”I love the way you tried that!”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If my child cries should I withdraw him from the lesson program?
A: Many children cry for the first few weeks. It always seems like it will never stop, but it does. Kids cry for many reasons, fear, anxiety, a new environment. Very often small children can not express themselves any other way. Crying, because they know it will stop, does not upset the instructors.
Q: Do you offer private lessons?
A: The short answer is, “no”. The more complete answer is that we do not believe a private lesson has as many advantages for children as the group lesson, Playing together, taking turns, helping each other, making new friends are all lost in a private lesson. Our mission, goals and philosophy dictate our approach to programming.
Q: Why do you all take groups of children who can’t swim to the deep-end of the big pool? It makes me nervous.
A: If we kept the children in the shallow-end until they could swim, they would have a lot of time to develop a fear of deeper water. Young children do not generalize learning, so if we teach them to swim in the Therapy pool, we will have to teach them over again in the Main pool. We want kids to develop strength and endurance, so we swim all over both pools.
Q: Why can’t I sit on the deck during my child’s lesson?
A: It is easier for our instructors to keep your child’s attention when mom and dad are not at the child’s eye level. Also, our staff is trained to react to any sudden movement or calling out by parents on deck. It detracts from the lesson and the safety of all participants if the Lifeguards are also watching the deck. We welcome everyone to watch from the spectator area or the bleachers.
Q: Can I make up lessons?
A: Swim lessons can only be made up when the Y cancels the class. An occasional absence will not affect your child’s’ progress. Solutions can be found for other situations on an individual basis.
Q: Sometimes my child won’t pay attention, would it help if I went down and spoke to my child?
A: The instructors and swimmers only have a short time together to develop a relationship. The instructor can handle just about any behavior. Sometimes, an instructor will let some kids play around a little because they already have a skill another child is struggling with. If you don’t think your child is being challenged, or if there is a technique that works well with your child, please speak to the instructor after class.
Q: My child has participated in another swim program and was a level 3; does that mean they are at the third level of Y’s program?
A: All swim programs are different, with different expectations and philosophies.
Q: How will I know if my child is ready to pass?
A: We try not to use the terms “pass” or “fail” and we do not test kids at any time during their participation. As children accomplish required skills at each level, it is recorded. At the end of the session, you will receive a progress report.
Special Olympics Swim Team
Youth Special Olympics Swim Team, Ages 8-18
The Y's Special Olympics Swim Team is for kids 8 and up. Swimmers compete in a variety of events and distances. Competitive events range in distance from 25 yards to 100 yards. Relay teams are also formed. Other fun and basic water events are held for athletes who don’t swim independently but still want to train and compete. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age, and gender.
Adult Special Olympics Swim Team
This is a competitive swim program for adults with special needs. The team will practice lap swimming, with instruction in a variety of strokes and techniques. Swimming skills are not required. Participants should be able to swim the length of the pool with or without a flotation device. The Special Olympics team trains once a week. Swimmers will compete in the regional and state championship meets in the spring.
Thu 10:30-11:15 am
Designed for children 6 months to 2 years old.
This 30 minute class is for infants and toddlers with a parent. Classes are designed to allow the child to have fun in the water while the parent guides him or her through developmentally appropriate water adjustment skills. Our instructor provides assistance and leadership to each parent.
Parents and 2s
Designed for toddlers 24 to 36 months old.
Children swim with their parent, learning the beginning swimming skills and preparing for the next level of
instruction. Games and fun are built into this early learning experience.
Swimming for 3s
Especially for three-year-olds
This program offers children their first experience in the pool without parental assistance. Young swimmers are
introduced to skills in small groups with an instructor. Children adjust to the water and develop independent movement. This class teaches basic stroke and kicking skills, floating, and pool safety. Children learn water skills through exploration and play.
Preschool Swim Lesson Program
Lessons for children ages 4 through Kindergarten (4, 5, and 6-year-olds).
Kids learn the skills that are the basic building blocks of swimming. They also learn about pool safety, boating safety, and Personal Floatation Device (PFD) usage. Participants are grouped into one of the four skill levels. Swimmers must be four years old before the first day of the session.
Youth Swim Lessons
Youth lesson program is designed for participants 6 to 13 years old.
Classes are student centered and use a problem-solving, guided discovery teaching approach.
Learn to Swim Campaigns
Community Learn To Swim Campaign
April Vacation - The Y’s Annual Community Learn To Swim Campaign is a week long intensive swim program for children ages 6-13.
Kids attend a daily swim lesson during the week of April school vacation. Registration is limited to Polliwog through Fish levels. Pool, Beach, and Boating Safety are taught in addition to Stroke Development. Classes are scheduled on the hour and last 45 minutes each day. Everyone is a swimmer by the end of the school vacation week. Typical improvement is one level or more.
Summer Learn to Swim Program
This program is designed for 6 through 13-year-olds, who would benefit from a daily swim lesson. Kids learn the skills that are the basic building blocks of swimming. They also learn about pool safety, boating safety, and PFD usage. Participants are grouped together with children at their swimming level, either polliwog, guppy, or minnow.
Adult Skill Development
Adult Individualized Instruction
Try working one on one to learn to swim or improve your strokes or fitness. Our Swim lessons are individualized to meet the goals and needs of the participant. Certified and experienced instructors are ready to help swimmers at any level of ability, from increasing comfort in the water to stroke tips for advanced swimmers. Participation begins with an initial assessment. Classes are 30 or 60 minutes long and are scheduled as time permits throughout the day and evening.
Masters Organized Group Workout
Join Pam Torrey, a Maine Masters swimmer, for a fun and challenging group workout on Saturday mornings. Improve your speed and endurance. Workouts are adapted for swimmers of different abilities and experience, but one should be able to swim 1,500 yards comfortably.
Sat morning 7:30-8:30 am
Our Lifeguard training program provides a comprehensive education centered on preventing accidents in aquatic environments. It includes all of the skills and knowledge required for the lifeguard candidate to be effective and successful at swimming pools, lakefronts, beaches, and water parks. The course offers up-to-date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems, and take action to help those in danger when necessary. Lifeguard training enables students to learn and apply safety principles in their own lives, develop leadership skills, and improve their decision making skills. YMCA certification is accepted at all state run facilities.
The Aquatics Director has additional information on employment at both our Y and other organizations for interested lifeguard candidates. Please contact Diane at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Training
The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Courseprovides instructor candidates the training needed to teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program.
Whether you want to splash around with kids and teach them to swim, help children or adults refine their strokes or teach diving safety techniques, you can do it as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Qualified instructors can also help prepare swim coaches to prevent and respond to emergency situations.
WSI Class Dates:
The YMCA Aquatics Director has additional information on employment at both our Y and other organizations for interested WSI candidates. Please contact Diane at: email@example.com
Long Reach Swim Club (swim team)
Competitive strokes, endurance, related skills and fun are the focus of our very successful swim team. LRSC strives to offer a fun learning experience where swimmers will thrive. Link to Long Reach Swim Club website
Fall Parent Meeting: September 16th at 6:00pm
An informal tryout is mandatory for new or interested swimmers before acceptance onto the team. This ensres that each new participant has the fundamental skills required for a happy, successful experience. The team competes in both YMCA and USA Swim Leagues. National YMCA Competitive Swimming Rules require all team members to maintain an active Annual Y membership in order to participate. Swimmers in a Fall sport are encouraged to try out or sign up in September to ensure their spot on the team is held. The coach determines in which practice group a swmmer belongs.
Contact Jay Morissette at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-4112 x25 make an appointment for an individual try-out, or for more info about competitive swimming at the Y. Visit the official Long Reach Swim Club website for more information, practice schedules and more at Long Reach Swim Club. YMCA Membership is required for team participation.
LRSC Policy Information
YMCA Membership - National YMCA rules of competitive swimming require that each member of every YMCA swim team have an annual (year long) membership in good standing. You may use a monthly EFT for the membership fee, but your membership must be maintained for 12 months.
Y Program Refund Policy - Department directors process all credits and refunds. These are done on an individual basis, minus the processing and administration fees. Refunds may take up to four weeks. Special consideration will be given for extenuating circumstances.
Weather Cancellations - Practice is cancelled only if the YMCA closes early. Use your own discretion and comfort level when deciding whether or not to come for practice during inclement weather. Cancellation announcements are made on WCSH TV channel 6 and WGME TV cannel 13. When in doubt, call the front desk at 443-4112.
Transportation - The team provides buses to all away dual meets. However, transportation is not provided to USA meets or any of the championship meets at the end of the season. If transportation is an issue, let the coach know as soon as possible.
Closed Pool Cancellations - In the event that the Y is open but the pool is unusable, we will make every reasonable attempt to contact you to let you know.
Swimmer Responsibilities - Being part of the team means you have accepted the responsibilities that come with membership. At the minimum, each swimmer is expected to:
Team Suits - Team swim suits are not required but are encouraged. Suits are sized and ordered in late October or early November. Cost estimates are $25.00 for male suits and $45.00 for female suits. Caps and goggles are also recommended and are for sale ($5, $7) in the pool area by the Aquatics Director or Swim Coach.