Aquatics Programs

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    Prospect Park Aquatics

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    Prospect Park Aquatics

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Aquatics Programs

We offer the highest quality of lessons and activities in a safe, clean and cheerful atmosphere.
A large variety of classes accomodate many different levels of ability and comfort for youth, families and individuals. Sessions run on an 8-week basis and class capacity is limited.

Please check our program guide or the Member Service desk for program schedules.

 

View our Small Pool and Large Pool Lap, Free Swim, Family Free Swim, Water Exersice, and Program schedules HERE

 

Family Swim Guidelines

Family swim time strengthens relationships between families!  For all to have an enjoyable experience, please observe the following:

  • Access to Family Swim is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with family memberships only.  Tickets are required during all weekend, afternoon and evening Family Swim sessions.
     
  • Due to limited space, families may attend a maximum of one swim session daily.
     
  • On weekend, afternoon and evening Family Swim sessions, tickets are distributed at the front desk 15 minutes prior to the start of session. All Family Swim participants must be present when picking up tickets. You must also present all membership cards for each family member.
     
  • All Family swim participants must follow the ratios below:
    • 1 Adult per 2 non-swimming children
      • *ALL non-swimming children MUST be in arms reach of Adult at all times*
    • 1 Adult per 3 swimming children including 9+ years of age through teenagers
      • (Swimmers are considered those who can swim one length of the pool with no flotation device and tread water for at least 30 seconds)
  • All participants must wear a swimming cap and proper swim attire, which includes swim diapers for infants and children who are not potty-trained.
     
  • Please shower before entering the pool.
     
  • Inflatable flotation devices are not allowed. 
     
  • Non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end.
     
  • For your safety, running, jumping and diving are prohibited.
     
  • Please note, there is no observation space available on the Large Pool deck.
     
  • Please respect the decisions of our lifeguards and be courteous to other members.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

For more information about our Aquatics programs, contact Amy Whitsell, Aquatics Director at 212-912-2388 or awhitsell@ymcanyc.org

This program reaches children and parents early in their relationship. Parents are given guidance on how to develop their children’s abilities and how to protect their children from harm in, on, and around the water; children are given the chance to explore a new environment and to build skills that add to their self-confidence. Both benefit from taking part in an experience that lets them learn and have fun together in the water.

The skills taught in the Parent/Child and Preschool Aquatic Program center around five main components:

1. Personal safety: Activities that help increase awareness of personal safety issues for both the child and the family, including boating safety
2. Personal growth: Activities that help the child and the family grow in spirit, mind, and body, including character development
3. Stroke development: Activities that help develop swimming abilities so participants can move in the water safely
4. Water sports and games: Activities that help develop an appreciation of aquatic activities that may last a lifetime, including age-appropriate games and songs.
5. Rescue: Activities that build awareness of how to help others in aquatic emergencies

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

For more information about our Aquatics programs, contact Amy Whitsell, Aquatics Director at 212-912-2388 or awhitsell@ymcanyc.org

The YMCA helps youth develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling responsibility and safety instruction.

Personal Safety: Students learn to be safety conscious in and around water. The information forms the basis of accident prevention.
Survival skills, self-rescue and boating safety are taught.   

Personal Growth: In learning new skills students build self-esteem. They also learn the consequences of their choices in relation to water safety.

Stroke Development: Students are taught through stroke techniques. Paddling skills, treading, floating, basic rescue skills and safety using lifejackets are among those taught.

Water Games: Games are used to enhance skills learned. Retrieving objects underwater and passing a ball are examples of is taught.

Rescue: Students learn safety techniques – knowing when to yell for help, being able to go to an adult for assistance, reaching and throwing assists.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

For more information about our Aquatics programs, contact Amy Whitsell, Aquatics Director at 212-912-2388 or awhitsell@ymcanyc.org

The YMCA helps teens and adults develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling  responsibility and safety instruction. From beginner to advanced.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

For more information about our Aquatics programs, contact Amy Whitsell, Aquatics Director at 212-912-2388 or awhitsell@ymcanyc.org

2nd Grade Swim; a YMCA Water Safety Initiative

Did you know that 10 people die a day from unintentional drowning in the United States? That’s about 3,533 non-boating related drownings annually. One in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. And did you know that drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 14 years? Approximately 3,500 drown each year.

These are some shocking statistics and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and the YMCA of Greater New York started the “Swim for Life” program with the focus of teaching second grade students basic aquatic skills to make them safer in and around the water.

Achieving competency in and around water can result in a number of positive outcomes:
• Save children’s lives
• Enhance their enjoyment of water activities
• Provide a means to improve their overall fitness
• Build self-awareness through the mastery of a life skill

We work with five local schools to provide this life saving program and you might notice the schools at the branch during the school day.

If you are interested in learning more about “Swim for Life” and swim safety in general, feel free to reach out to  Amy Whitsell, Aquatics Director at 212-912-2388 or awhitsell@ymcanyc.org