Even though summer has come and gone, you can still go swimming during the fall and winter months. YWCA offers a variety of indoor swim lessons for infants, young people and adults, where all of their instructors are WSI certified by the American Red Cross, with a trained lifeguard on deck.

CharlotteFive talked with Aquatics Manager, Jeff Nerret, about what they’re offering this season.

CharlotteFive: How many swim lessons do we have during the week?

Jeff Nerret: We offer 13 different Group Swim Lesson Classes every week, including private swim lessons (one student per instructor) and semi-private swim lessons (two to three students per instructor) based on the individual’s schedule.

C5: What are some things that students learn?      

JN: We want students to feel comfortable in the water and help them develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water. They’re getting fundamental skills, including how to develop strokes through additional guided practice in deeper water, enjoying underwater exploration, developing confidence and strength in the skills they’re learning, honing breath control and submerging.

Swimming practice gives you you coordination and refinement of the strokes you’re learning so students can swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over great distances. This skill is true for our young and older swim students.

C5: What do parents learn in the infant swim classes?

JN: They learn how to properly supervise their children and maintain safe behavior in, on and around the water. They’re learning skills like how to support your child in the water and select a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for their child. There’s a lot of valuable water safety information that’ll make your family safer in, on and around the water as well.

C5: What is the age range of swimmers?

JN: All ages enjoy learning how to swim! There are babies ages 6 months to 3 years for our Parent and Child Swimming Lessons, kids ages 4 to 13 years in our Group Swimming Lessons for Kids and Group Swimming Lessons for Adults ages 14 and up.

C5: Are there any benefits to learning how to swim in an indoor pool at the YWCA vs. another pool?

JN: We’re different because our aquatics program is made for all ages of swimmers. No matter your skill, we’re going to match you with instructors that meet you where you’re at skill-wise. As part of our overall philosophy, we really stress the importance of water safety and the continued improvement and training of our lifeguards, swim instructors and community. Not only do we see swimming as a lifetime skill and healthy recreational activity, but a part of community building in our neighborhoods and community.

To learn more about the YWCA or to schedule a swim lesson, contact Jeff at 704-525-5770 or visit their website.

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