At the Tillamook YMCA, we offer a variety of swim lesson options for swimmers of all ages and abilities, from parent/child to adult lessons. Our instructors take pride in providing the best instruction possible to help everyone reach their full swimming potential, learn water safety, develop self confidence, overcome fears and improve their fitness level.
We offer morning, afternoon, and evening lessons Monday-Thursday as well as morning lessons on Saturday’s. A class schedule with times and days can be found at the YMCA Welcome Center.
Fall/Winter schedule is now available at the YMCA. Registration is now open.
Available Swim Lessons
Parent and Child Swim Lessons (6 months – 3 years) – This water enrichment program is approved by the American Pediatric Association for those under 3 years of age. It is designed to help your child feel comfortable in the water at an early age. The child becomes acclimated to the sights and sounds of the pool and is introduced to kicking, blowing bubbles, floating, and general water movement through the use of games and toys. You, the parent, are the teacher – with hints and ideas from the Y instructor, who will guide you and your child through a positive experience. Classes meet once a week. Children should wear swim diapers under their swim suit. Children must be accompanied in the water by a parent or another trusted adult.
Preschool – (3 to 5 years) includes four levels based on ability: Pike, Eel, Ray and Starfish.
Pike (Beginner) – Teaches water safety, pool rules, front/back kicking, and floating, blowing bubbles, and bobbing.
Eel (Beginner) – Teaches water safety, pool rules, front/back kicking, and floating, blowing bubbles, and bobbing. Introduces jumping and paddle stroke.
Ray (Cont. Beginner) – Teaches children to develop more confidence and increased endurance. Introduction to boating and water safety. Introduction to diving, treading, and breathing techniques.
Starfish (Cont. Beginner) – Reviews diving skills, treading, and breathing techniques. Children gain self-confidence and learn team work.
Youth – (6 to 12 years) includes seven levels based upon ability: Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish.
Polliwog (Beginner) – Children learn how to back and front float, kick with kickboard, use arms for front crawl and backstroke. Children gain confidence in the water.
Guppy (Cont. Beginner) – Children learn complete front crawl stroke, backstroke, and are introducted to treading water and survival floating for one minute. Children also learn personal safety skills.
Minnow (Advanced Beginner) – Children learn to successfully perform backstroke, and freestyle for 50 yards. Introduction to breaststroke, elementary backstroke, standing dive, underwater and safety swim.
Fish/Flying Fish (Advanced) – Children learn to develop the ability to tread and float for longer periods of time. Introduction to the complete butterfly stroke and complete breaststroke. Children will learn and know all four competitive stroke, turns, and dives.
Teen/Adult – (13-Up) Learn how to swim or improve your swim skills. A class for beginners and non-beginners. Advanced swimmers must be able to do the following: two-minute tread, 10 relaxed bobs, front and back floats, swim 25 yard freestyle, and feel comfortable in deep water.
Can’t find a class that fits your schedule or that fits your needs? We also offer private lessons, semi-private lessons, and group lessons. These classes are offered to anyone of any age, ability, or with special needs. Here are at the Tillamook YMCA we strive to meet the needs of everyone. A list of private lesson instructors can be found at the front desk of the YMCA. If you would like assistance with setting up your lesson with an instructor please contact our Aquatic Education Coordinator.
Private Lesson Pricing (Four 30-min lessons with an instructor)
Private Swim Lessons
Prospective Members: $68
Members: $30 per student
Prospective Members: $45 per student
Private Group Lessons
3 student min.
Members: $20 per student
Prospective Members: $30 per student
Private Lesson Pricing (Four 1-hour lessons with an instructor)
Private Swim Lessons
Prospective Members: $136
Members: $60 per student
Prospective Members: $90 per student
Private Group Lessons
3 student min.
Members: $40 per student
Prospective Members: $60 per student
The Tillamook YMCA Sharks Swim Team is a year round USA/YMCA Swim Team. The team competes in meets all over Oregon as well as some meets in Washington and Idaho. The Sharks swim team is made up of four different progress/competitive groups for all different skills levels and two USA/YMCA Swimming certified coaches.
Mandatory evaluation must be completed with a coach prior to registration. Please contact the head coach to set up a time.
Introduction to Sharks: This program is designed for young swimmers to “test out” competitive swimming to see if they would like to pursue the sport. Swimmers will be introduced to the four competitive strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle). The main focus of this group is is technique, turns, dives, streamlines, and learning swim team lingo. Swimmers are asked to attend all three days of practice, although there are not any attendance requirements for this level we do encourage coming as often as possible, as your swimmer will progress quicker. Swim meets are not offered to this group. *USA Swimming registration is not required.
Bronze: This group is the first of our two developmental groups. Swimmers will be continue to perfect the four competitive strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle). Workouts will start to be introduced, but still the main focus is technique, dives, and turns. Competition is encouraged but not required for this group. There are no attendance requirements for this level, but the more your swimmer practices the quicker they will progress. *USA Swimming Registration is required.
Silver: This group is the second of our two developmental groups. Swimmers will start to more independently do their workouts, with some guidance from the coaches. Technique, dives and turns will still be a focus but more time will be spent on work outs. Competition is required for this group, you must attend at least two meets per season. Swimmers are required to attend at least four days of practice a week. Remember, the more your child practices, the faster they will progress. USA Swimming Registration is required.
Gold: This group is our competitive training group. Athletes in this group are expected to maintain a 70% attendance rate to remain in the group. Those that qualify for championship meets are expected to have 85% attendance to compete at the meet. Swimmers in this group are expected to attend at least three swim meets during the short course season and two during the long course season. USA Swimming registration is required.
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Practice Schedule
Practice begins September 11th
|Intro to Sharks||Mon/Wed/Fri 3:45-4:30 pm||$50/Month|
|Bronze||Tues/Thurs/Fri 3:45-4:30 pm||$50/Month|
|Silver||Mon-Fri 4:15-5:15 pm||$60/Month|
|Gold||Mon-Fri 3:45-5:15 pm||$65/Month|
- $66 USA Swimming annual registration fee due when registering for the Sharks. All swimmers must pay this at the time of registration. If your child/children are on free or reduced lunch you will receive a discount on your USA Swimming registration fee. You will pay $5. You must bring in proof to get this discount.
- All swimmers must be YMCA members – Your membership will be verified at the beginning of each month.
- More information is available in our registration form at the YMCA.
- Coaches are available M-F, any messages or phone calls left over the weekend will be returned on Monday.