Group lesson FAQ
What swim levels do you offer?
We offer a wide range of lesson levels ranging from beginner participants just getting in the water for the first time to advanced participants looking to perfect the mechanics of a stroke. If you follow this link you can find a more in depth description of all of our different lesson levels and what the participant can expect to learn in them.
How do I figure out my level?
At the YMCA we offer classes at a variety of levels and figuring out which level your child should be in can be confusing. There are a couple of resources we provide to make this process easier. First, you can follow this link to our lesson selector, by using it as a guideline you can figure out what level your child should be in. The second option is coming into our YMCA location for a swim test. Swim Tests are completely free and are offered every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:30-10:00am. You do not need to register ahead of time, just come down to the pool deck and check in with one of our swim lesson instructors. The instructor will get in with you or your child and go through some exercises to determine exactly what level is the best fit. After the test is completed you will receive a form stating what level your child should be placed that you can use as a guide when registering online.
What are the available times?
Here at the YMCA water safety is a big priority for us so we try to offer our lessons at a variety of times so anyone can make time to learn these important skills. We offer group lessons that run either Tuesday/Thursday or on Saturdays. We also offer Semi-private lessons on Monday/Wednesdays and you can find more information about those classes here. Once you have determined your swim level using the lesson selector or a swim test, click here to view our available lessons and register.
How large are the classes?
The size of a class often depends on the popularity of the time slot and of the class itself. They can range from 3 children to 6. We will no longer run classes that have less than three participants. In the case there are not enough children to run a class on it’s own you can either upgrade to make the lesson semi-private or you can transfer to another time slot. In this scenario, you will be contacted by the Aquatics Coordinator and notified of any changes.
What do I need to bring?
On your first day remember to bring
- A towel
- Bathing suit
- Goggles (For more advanced classes)
- Hair tie (For longer hair)
- Lock (If you want to use one of the lockers)
How do I find where to go for my lesson when I go down to the pool?
At the start of every lesson, each instructor will call out their swim lesson roster. Please listen for you or your child's name. If you are late or do not hear your name called, speak to the Aquatics Coordinator or an off-stand lifeguard and they will help place your child in their class.
Will I always have the same instructor?
In our YMCA swim lessons, we do our best to keep our instructors consistent. However, there are times when instructors get sick or have prior obligations. At those times we will have a substitute instructor. We do our best to minimize this need as much as possible.
What happens if I miss a class?
Unfortunately, we do not offer make-up lessons for group swim lessons. Only our Adult, Parent-Child, and private classes are eligible for make-up lessons. If you are part of an Adult or Parent & Child class and you are going to miss a lesson you must notify the Aquatics Coordinator 24 hours beforehand by email or phone to be eligible for a make-up lesson.
What if my child can’t complete a session?
All swim lesson participants will be eligible for a partial refund (all but $15 processing fee) if they choose to drop out of lessons before the first week of swim lessons (Start date indicated on receipt). There are NO REFUNDS after the first week of swim lessons. The only exception is a pro-rated refund for special situations including an injury where the child is unable to finish the month or a family related emergency where the child is unable to complete the month. A credit for the pro-rated cost of the lesson will be issued if the YMCA has to cancel a swim lesson due to pool closure.
When can I sign up?
Now! Registrations are open for 3 months at a time. Register Today
When does the late fee come into effect?
As of January we will be implementing Early Bird Pricing and Late Registration Fees for the pricing of all of our swim lesson programs. Early Bird Pricing is open until one week before lessons begin at the start of each month. $10 additional fee applied if class registration is done one week prior to the start of the lesson. Registering the day lessons begin or the week after is an additional $10. Registration will not be taken after the first week of lessons. At that time, you can register for the following month.
Where is the pool located?
The pool is located at our Sacramento Central location, 2021 W Street. It can be reached by entering the lobby, going down the stairs and through the designated locker rooms. If you have a disability that makes you unable to ascend or descend stairs we do have a locked pool gate door that you can go through. If you do not have a membership card that grants you access through the pool gate door, you can call the Member Services Desk at 916-452-9622 and they will let you in. If you are unsure of the location, you can come to our Member Services desk anytime and ask for a tour of our facility that will also include a look at our indoor heated pool.
What if I have multiple children in different levels?
We do our best to offer a variety of classes at most times so hopefully, your children will be able to all swim in their different levels at the same time. If you are having difficulty finding a time all of your children can swim together, you can contact the Aquatics Coordinator and she will happily do her best to help you find a time that works for you.
I swam here before but the level names are all different!
That is not a problem. The names have changed but the levels themselves have not. Below is a list of the old lesson names and what lesson they now correlate to.
Pike - Preschool water acclamation (PWA)
Eel - Preschool water Movement (PWM)
Ray - Preschool water Stamina (PWS)
Starfish - Preschool stroke introduction (PSI)
Polliwog – Youth Water acclimation or Youth water movement (YWA)(YWM)
Guppy - Youth water Stamina (YWS)
Minnow - Youth Stroke introduction (YSI)
Fish - Youth Stroke Development (YSD)
Flying Fish - Youth Stroke Mechanics. (YSM)
What if I sign my child up for the wrong level?
If you sign your child up for the wrong level, email or call the Aquatics Coordinator. She will work with you to help your child get into a class that is right for them.
What if I want a more individualized lesson?
If you are looking for a more individualized lesson, we do offer private (1 participant) and semi-private (2 participants) lessons. Click the link to get information about private and semi-private swim lessons.
If you have any questions about swim lessons or any other aquatics questions please contact
Alexandra Amundson, Aquatics Director
916.452.9622 ext 104