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learn to swim programs

We have pools at both Laniakea and Kokokahi, and offer a comprehensive swim program at each location. All aquatic staff members are certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and there is always a certified Lifeguard on deck to ensure safety. 

Swim classes are offered on various days, times and locations for your convenience. All group swim classes have a low 
student-to-teacher ratio.

    
Class Descriptions

Parent/Tot Water Fun   (Ages 6mo - 3yrs)
This class is designed to teach parents how to make that first experience in the water with their baby/toddler a positive one. 
Our instructor teaches you how to enter the pool with your child, adjust your child to the water and explore the underwater environment with your child. All classes are taught in Laniākea's heated pool (a must when teaching infants and toddlers
to swim.)


Junior Swim Classes  (All levels / ages 3 - 5)
For all levels, from non-swimmer to advanced. This class provides an introduction to fundamentals of water safety and swimming.
Limited enrollment of 5 per class.

    · Junior Novice 'Opihi' - (non-swimmers)   a beginner's class designed for first time swimmers, water adjustment
    · Junior Level I - (prerequisite:  Junior Novice)  freestyle, backstroke
    · Junior Level II - (prerequisite:  Junior Level I)  breaststroke, elementary backstroke
    · Junior Level III - (prerequisite:  Junior Level II)  25 yard continuous swim, deep water exploration


Youth Swim Classes
 
 (all levels / ages 6 - 12)
For all levels, from non-swimmer to advanced. Levels work on swim skills from basic to competitive.

    · Youth Novice - (non-swimmers)  a beginner's class designed for first time swimmers, water adjustment 
    · Youth Level I - (prerequisite: Youth Novice)  freestyle, backstroke
    · Youth Level II - (prerequisite: Youth Level I)   breaststroke, elementary backstroke             
    · Youth Level III - (prerequisite: Youth Level II)  25 yard continuous swim, sidestroke           
    · Youth Level IV - (prerequisite: Youth Level III)  50 yard continuous swim, butterfly
    · Youth Level V - (prerequisite: Youth Level IV)  100 yard continuous swim, flip-turns
    · Youth Speed Swim - (prerequisite: Youth Level V)  stroke development and refinement, competitive stoke technique
    · Swim Club - (prerequisite: Youth Speed Swim)  approval of instructor
 

Junior Swim - Weekday Children's Swim   (all levels / ages 3 - 5)
A beginner's class designed for first time swimmers. This class provides an introduction to fundamentals of water safety and swimming.
    · Junior Novice 'Opihi' - (non-swimmers)   a beginner's class designed for first time swimmers, water adjustment
    · Junior Level I - (prerequisite: Junior Novice) 
    · Junior Level II - (prerequisite: Junior Level I) 
    · Junior Level III - (prerequisite: Junior Level II) 


Youth Swim - Weekday Children's Swim 
 (all levels / ages 6 - 14)
For all levels, from non-swimmer to advanced. Levels work on swim skills from basic to competitive. 
    · Youth Novice - (non-swimmers)  a beginner's class designed for first time swimmers, water adjustment 
    · Youth Level I - (prerequisite: Youth Novice) 
    · Youth Level II/III - (prerequisite: Youth Level I)  
    · Youth Level IV/V - (prerequisite: Youth Level III)

 
   
Water Polo  (ages 10 - 14 or with instructors consent)
Laniākea only
 

Youth Synchro Swimming 
(for strong swimmers)
Kokokahi only
 
  


Assistant Swim Instructor
Complete assistant swim instructor class to volunteer as an assistant swim instructor. YWCA Laniākea only.
(prerequisite: Youth Speed Swim)
 
  


Swim Conditioning Clinic 
(ages 6 - 16)
Emphasis on stroke technique and training designed to maximize each swimmer's capability in competitive swimming using positive reinforcement to build confidence and self-esteem, while developing strength, endurance and improved coordination.  Incorporates pool and dry land training.  YWCA Laniākea only.
(prerequisite: youth speed swim or instructor's consent)
 
 
      
Teen Swim Classes 
(ages 13 - 18)
    · Teen Novice - (non-swimmers)  a beginner's class designed for first time swimmers, water adjustment 
    · Teen Level II/III - (prerequisite: Teen Novice) 


Adult Swim Classes
For all levels, from non-swimmer to advanced.  Levels work on swim skills from basic to competitive. 
    · Adult Novice - (non-swimmers)  a beginner's class designed for first time swimmers, water safety, freestyle and backstroke
    · Adult Level I - (prerequisite: Adult Novice)  breaststoke, elementary backstroke
    · Adult Level II - (prerequisite: Adult Level I)   butterfly, sidestroke, treading water
    · Adult Level III - (prerequisite: Adult Level II)  perfecting techniques
    · Adult Level IV - (prerequisite: Adult Level III)  50 yard continuous swim, butterfly, flip-turns

 

 

Water Aerobics
 (ages 14 - Adult)
Variety of different water exercises including low to medium impact aerobics, aqua jogging and muscle toning exercises. No swimming skills required. YWCA Kokokahi only.
    

Lap Swim
Both Laniākea and Kokokahi pools have times dedicated to lap swimmers. Click below to view lap swim times. 
    · Laniākea Pool Schedule                                                                                                                


Recreational Open Swim

Both Laniākea and Kokokahi pools have open swim. 
    · Laniākea Pool Schedule     (click to view current pool schedule)                                  
    · Kokokahi Pool Hours
Open Swim - Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm




Private Lessons
We offer private and semi-private lessons for all ages and all levels. For more information call 247-2124 ext. 14.


  
 

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