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Swim Lessons in the Mahoning Valley

Prepare your kids for swim season!

By Leann Rich January 18, 2021

Get a head start on the summer swim season with swim lessons at one of these great organizations. 

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JCC of Youngstown

The Learn to Swim program at JCC of Youngstown includes levels to allow students to develop advanced swimming skills. Choose your age level and register for the monthly classes. At the first session, your swimmer will be assessed and placed in the appropriate level.  JCC of Youngstown also offers semi-private and private lessons. Classes are offered beginning at age 6 months. Free lessons are available through the Swim Safe 500 program, PALS+, and Water Women Program. 

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Youngstown YMCA

The YMCA swim lesson program is designed to ensure students’ safety, provide students with regular, progressive success, and make the learning process enjoyable. We offer both group and private swim lessons. Swim lessons at the Y are available for ages 6 months through adults (children under the age of 3 must have a parent or guardian in the water with them during class). Pricing for members and nonmembers.

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Hubbard Community Pool - Kraken Swim School

Welcome to the Kraken Swimming Swim School! We've completely revamped our program to provide a more complete and consistent experience for our students. Our Swim School offers several levels of group lessons and private lessons. Descriptions of all our groups can be found on our website.

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All Abilities Swim

We meet children where they are, figure out where they need to go, and lead them down the path to swimming success! Lessons are scheduled at Salem Community Center and Creekside Fitness. Currently, we are not accepting new clients, but you can signup for our waitlist.

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Infant Swimming Resource

>Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) is an internationally recognized system of aquatic survival instruction for infants and young children.  The program focuses on educating parents and children about aquatic survival and safety issues. Children from 6 months to 12 months will learn how to hold their breath underwater, roll onto their back and float unassisted until someone rescues them. A child over the age of 1 year will learn how to hold their breath underwater, swim head down, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe; then roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and crawl out. This is called the ISR swim-float- swim sequence. All children will learn how to perform the skills in different types of clothes. Upon completion of the ISR program, your child will have the survival skills necessary to save himself along with the enjoyment of recreational swimming.

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Salem Community Center

The Learn to Swim program moves swimmers through six levels. Private and semi-private lessons are also available. Pricing for members and nonmembers.

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Super Fish Swim School

Where All kids are superfish!

At the heart of everything we do is our passion for water safety, building confidence, teaching at developmentally appropriate levels and our commitment to our students. At Superfish, our teaching philosophy is to learn through meaningful play while building trust and confidence in yourself and in the water.  We are here to teach beginners to advanced level swimmers. We believe swimming is a lifelong skill and want everyone to have the opportunity to learn. 

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Water Safety Tips

from Tara Bishop, Aquatics Coordinator, JCC of Youngstown

Water Safety Tip #1:

Teach the habit of asking permission before getting into any water. Have your child repeat the phrase, “Before I get into the pool, I must always ask first.” This is an IMPORTANT rule. Children should always ask you or another adult for permission before entering the water. They should always have someone watching them around water, therefore there should always be an adult available to ask.

Water Safety Tip #2

Take specific precautions for the water environment you are in, such as: 

- Ensure you are in a lifeguarded area when you are at a lake or beach.

- Employ layers of protection including barriers to prevent access to water, life jackets, and close supervision of children to prevent drowning.

Water Safety Tip #3:

Make sure your children understand the danger of helping someone else who is having trouble in the water. Teach them the rhyme "Reach or Throw, Don't Go". First, they need to call for help. If the person is close enough to reach, they can reach out something to them from the deck, like a pool noodle. If the person is too far to reach from the deck, they can throw something that floats, like a ball or innertube. Make sure they know that even if they are a strong swimmer, they can be in danger too if they get in the water with that person.

Water Safety Tip #4:

The sun will be shining brightly this summer! Make sure your family is sun safe. Remember that even if it's cloudy, the sun can still affect your skin. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin before you go outside, then reapply every two hours or after swimming or toweling off. Kids aren't always aware of the dangers of sun exposure and can burn easily. Make sure their skin is covered, they wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, and stay in the shade when possible.

Water Safety Tip #5:

Among those ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes. This can be prevented! Ensure every member of your family learns to swim so they at least achieve skills of water competency: able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance then get out of the water safely. 

Water Safety Tip #6:

Be prepared to save a life. Unfortunately, accidents happen even if we're vigilant. Make sure you're equipped to save a life if it comes to that. Ensure you have a stocked first aid kit, and learn CPR and First Aid for infants and children.


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