AUBURN — The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA has announced open registration for session 2 of their 2009-10 swim lesson program. The YMCA offers the following swim lesson classes for children 6 months to age 5:

Parent and Tot (6 months to 3 years) is a 30-minute class designed to introduce infants and children to the water. A parent is required to participate in the class with the child.

Water Babies (18-36 months) is a 15-minute class catering to the timid new swimmer and has a 1:1 child/instructor ratio.

Tiny Tot classes are a 30-minute learn-to-swim program for children ages 2 to 5. Placement in a Tiny Tot class requires the child be able to independently hold on to the wall of the pool and keep his or her head above water. Tiny Tot beginners is for children who cannot swim. Tiny Tot advanced classes are for children who can swim the length of the pool on their front and back without assistance.

Pike and Parent is a 30-minute class for children 2 to 5 years of age who are hesitant in the water or who are new to swim lessons. The class involves a parent in the water for the first three lessons, the remaining lessons will prepare children for the Pike Class.

Pike (formerly Monday night and Saturday morning Tiny Tots) is a 30-minute class for children who are 2 to 5 years of age that are new to swim lessons or hesitant in the water, but can independently hold the wall and able to keep their head above water. Children are introduced to the basic swimming skills that include front and back swimming, basic jumping, basic safety skills and sitting dives.

Ray, a new addition to this year’s YMCA swim program, is also a 30-minute class for children 3 to 5 years of age who are comfortable in the water and can independently hold the wall, as well as swim with a kickboard. Independent swimming and progressive diving will be introduced.

Starfish (formerly Monday night and Saturday morning advanced Tiny Tots) is a 30-minute preschool class for the child who can swim the length of the pool independently on their front and back. The class will continue to build upon previous skills while introducing elementary backstroke, treading water and endurance swimming.

Youth Progressive Lessons is a National YMCA Swim Lesson Program designed to improve children’s swimming skills, teach new skills, work on endurance and stroke techniques, as well as survival skills.

Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow and Fish are 45-minute classes being offered to children ages 6 to 12. Each child will be placed in a class based on his or her swim abilities.

Shark swim class introduces competitive swimming to the highly skilled swimmer 10 to 18 years of age. The fast paced class is 45 minutes and focuses on using all four strokes continuously, preparing the swimmer for swim team.

Twin Cities Swim Team Sea Lions are a co-ed swim team for kids ages 5 to 18. Team practices are held at both the YMCA and YWCA facilities. The season runs through March of 2010.

All participants must be YMCA members. A yearly social membership for those ages 5 and under is $25; a youth membership is $50 for kids ages 6 and up. All the above classes have a $55 program fee for an eight-week session. Class size is limited, and registration is taken on a first come, first served basis.

Adult swim lessons are offered on Wednesday nights for both beginner and advanced swimmers. Nonmembers must pay a $25 adult social membership fee, good for one year. All participants must pay the $55 program fee for the eight-week session.

The YMCA is also holding registration for their Silver Sneakers Silver Splash and water exercise programs. Silver Splash offers shallow water moves to improve agility, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. It is offered from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 Water exercise classes offer a lower impact cardiovascular workout for adults of all ages. Classes are held from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Both the Silver Sneakers Silver Splash and water exercise classes are free for those with a YMCA full privilege membership. Nonmembers must pay a $25 adult social membership fee, good for one year, and 12 weeks of water fitness (includes Silver Splash) is $75.

Also being offered are Lifeguard Certification Training, adult lap swim, family/open swims and pool rentals for splash parties.
For more information, stop by the YMCA at 62 Turner St., call 795-4095 or visit

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