Safety Around Water

   A great way to splash into water safety for the summer.

If you know how to stay safe in and around water, swimming can be a lifelong source of fun and exercise. Instead of keeping your children away from water, help them learn fundamental water safety skills by enrolling them in lessons. These classes can provide them a new and exciting way to stay active while meeting new friends.

This one week class is designed to remind swimmers, ages 6 and up, how to be safe in and around water. These five hours are packed full of fun and learning. Only this week of lessons will have buses running from all Noble County school districts and the Prairie Heights school area, to help get the children to YMCA. 

Swimmers can register for whatever time they would like as long as they have a ride.  Please use the registration form for the time slot you would like, if mailing in your registration. 

Cost: $12 Per child for the week.

  Safety is our priority:

Because your safety is of the upmost importance to us, we set high standards for all of our YMCA aquatics
instructors and lifeguards. Our employees are trained in First Aid, CPR, AED, and life-saving techniques.

  We have a Swim Policy known as "Test, Mark, Protect" to ensure the safety    of our swimmers!

   Test

Any child not swimming next to a parent must take a swim test. This test will prove that the swimmer has the ability to
swim in water over the head and the ability to support themselves above the water until help arrives if they are in
trouble. The aquatics staff reserves the right to have a swimmer retake the swim test at any point in time.

   Mark

Children are marked with a swim band to signify their swimming ability.

   Protect

Testing and marking is the way we ensure that your children are protected. A swim band shows that they have been tested and marked. If they don't have a swim band, an adult must remain with the child and/or the child must a wear a life-jacket for their protection. 

We have a variety of swim lessons broken down into stages to help navigate and help our future swimmers. Before signing your swimmer up for swim lessons, you must first have a swim assessment done with one of our swim instructors and they will put your swimmer in the appropriate stage.

    Swim Starters ( recommended Ages 6 Months - 3 years of age )

     In the two stages that make up this parent-child category, children learn to be comfortable in the water. Rather than teaching children how to survive in the water or become accomplished swimmers, Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters. Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Parents learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies.

   Swim Basics

    In these three stages, students develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Group activities that reinforce learning help students progress. By the end of this series of stages, students achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
               *Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
               *Jump, push, turn, grab

   Swim Stroke

       In these three stages, having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
Once students have progressed through the stages in all three categories, they have the opportunity to follow three different pathways:
           *Competition—for students who want to swim competitively either at the Y or for a different organization
           *Leadership—for students who want to become a lifeguard or otherwise use swimming skills in their professional                                 career
           *Recreation—for students who want to make swimming a part of a healthy lifestyle and a way of getting the                                         recommended amount of physical activity per day

Cost for Members: $18.00 / Non-Members $50.00

  Click here for full description of each stage.

  Private Swim Lessons!

For more information about privates please contact the Aquatics Director at aquatics@coleymca.net 

  Bluefins Swim Team

    Registration opening in April, in person, or online.

Through practice and competition, swimmers of all ages can improve swimming skills while building friendships and healthy habits that last a lifetime. A variety of competitive experiences are available to challenge novice and experienced swimmers alike. Swimmers compete at local, state, zone, and national level meets. The Bluefins' team goal is to help each swimmer be the best they can be while having fun.

 2022 Summer Season begins in May

Check out the Bluefins Facebook page here.

 2022/2023 Winter Season.  If interested in signing up please call

Regular Season September 2022 - March 2023

Bluefins' Handbook

Bluefins' Registration Form

Bluefins Bank Draft form

Cost to swim--Winter 2023

Winter Remind Shutterfly

Glossary of swim terms

TEAM SUITS

TEAM SWAG

 

 For more information with the above information give us a call or stop in for a tour!