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Hamden/North Haven Typhoons


SWIM LESSONS

For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Our Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.

All ages - from infants to seniors - can learn to swim at the Y. What age group does the student fall into? What swim stage is the student ready for? The specific days and times of our classes can be found when you register on-line or by reviewing our Program Guide.

Have questions? Call the Y or speak with anyone in our Aquatics Department or on our Member Services Team. For a full listing of our swim lesson class options, days and times – please visit our Home Page and review our Program Guide.

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Swim Lesson Finder

Answer the questions below to find the swim lesson that fits.

Free swim lesson assessments are available to determine the appropriate swim lesson stage for each student. Students who took lessons under the previous Y swim lesson structure (with level names like Pike, Ray, Eel) can easily transition to the new curriculum. Discuss what level is appropriate with anyone in our Aquatics Department, or register for the Stage that is most appropriate for the swimmer’s abilities and our trained staff will place students in the correct Stage during the first lesson.


Working Together For Our Community

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Boy Scouts of America Swim Prep

Is your Boy Scout ready for summer swimming adventures? Whether your swimmer passed the BSA swim assessment with flying colors last year or is just starting his aquatics journey, it’s never too early to start preparing for summer. This class will focus on introducing and then mastering assessment skills such as endurance, specific strokes, and gaining comfort in deep water, over the course of eight weeks. The only prerequisite to this course is the goal to pass the BSA swim assessment before the start of summer!

AGES: 8+
WHEN: Wednesdays, January 8 – February 26
TIME: 6 pm – 6:40 pm
FEE: Members $80 / Community Members $160


Trained To Save

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Lifeguard Recertification Class

Lifeguarding review classes are designed to help update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. To participate in this class, you must hold a valid American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification, or it must be expiring within 30 days of the class. Proof of the certificate must be given before the start of the class.

AGES: 17+
WHEN: Sunday, January 26
TIME: 10 am – 5 pm
FEE: Members $125 / Community Members $200
CONTACT: Alex Hunter, Aquatics Director, E ahunter@cccymca.org


Make A Difference, Save A Life

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Child & Infant CPR Class

American Red Cross CPR classes take just a few short hours, but the skills you’ll learn during the process can make all the difference to someone in need. Open to all parents/guardians registered for our Stage A & B swimming lessons, this is an optional add-on that will train you to respond to a breathing emergency for your infant and/or child.

• Must be registered for a Stage A & B swim lesson class to participate.
• Certification can be achieved after taking a short test.

WHEN: February 16
TIME: 12 pm – 2:30 pm
FEE: Members $0 / Community Members $20
CONTACT: Alex Hunter, Aquatics Director, E ahunter@cccymca.org


Life Skills Save Lives

lifeguards2Become a certified Lifeguard

If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great part-time job or a challenging career, that’s in demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program is one of the best places to start. Lifeguarding lets you work as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could even save a life!

Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion, and hands-on practice, you’ll learn—

  • Rescue skills for use in the water and on land.
  • First aid and professional rescuer CPR/AED training to help you prepare for an emergency.
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities.
  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries.

Prerequisites

  • Swim a minimum of 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.

(May swim using front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggle may be used)

  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Swim 20 yards, feet-first surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a10 pound object
    • Return to surface swim 20 yards hold an object with both hands keeping face at or near pool surface
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

WHEN & TIME: Winter Course

Thursday, 12/26, 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Friday, 12/27, 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Saturday, 12/28, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Sunday, 12/29, 10 am – 5 pm

FEE: Members $275 / Community Members $375

CONTACT: Alex Hunter, Aquatics Director,  E ahunter@cccymca.org

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Adult Swim Lessons

AGES: 13 and up

Our adult swim lessons are for individuals 13 years of age and up. Class size is limited to ten and the structure of the class will be based on the level of swimmers in the class. The YMCA Adult Lesson plan offers an introduction to the water for those seeking to learn how to swim. The goal of these lessons is to make the adults competent, confident, and successful swimmers.


Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

AGES: 3 and up

One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.

Registration form: CCC Y Private Swim Lesson Form


Typhoon Swim Team

AGES: 5 – 18 years

The Hamden/ North Haven Typhoons were organized in 2014 and focus on the development of swimmers in and out of the water. As one of the leading swim teams in the area, our team and coaches promote individual swimmer stroke technique and time achievements while emphasizing the development of the team, friendships, and core values that last a lifetime. As the Typhoons actively participate in Swim USA, we look forward to another successful season and growing our swim team family! We practice from September to March (short course season) and April to July (long course season).

While our YMCA swim meets are separated by primary age, our practice groups are separated by both age and ability level. The swim team practice groups are designed to bring out the maximum potential of every swimmer through in-water practices as well as dry-land practices. Practices are held at the main facility and Albertus Magnus College.

CONTACT: Alex Hunter, Aquatics Director, 203 248 6361 E ahunter@cccymca.org or visit Typhoon Swim Team


Water Fitness Classes

AGES: 18 and up

We offer several fitness classes that take advantage of the unique properties of water. The workouts will include a warm-up, aerobics, toning, stretching and cool down. Flotation devices such as noodles and barbells will be utilized to increase resistance. Come join the fun! Classes offered during the day and evenings.


Lap Swimming Etiquette

  • Swimmers are encouraged to contribute to an atmosphere of cooperation and courtesy.
  • Always enter from the shallow end.
  • A maximum of five swimmers are permitted in each lane during lap swimming.
  • Please swim with others of similar speed. Lifeguards will move swimmers to the appropriate lane when necessary.
  • Always let swimmers in your lane know when you are entering the water.
  • Always circle swim counter-clockwise when three or more swimmers are in a lane.
  • Fins and/or kickboards are not permitted during circle swim.
  • Allow faster swimmers to pass. Passing always occurs on the left of the swimmer or at the end walls.
  • Do not stand at the ends of the pool for an extended period of time.
  • Teens age fourteen and older may participate in lap swimming.

6/29/2016


Y Aquatic Safety Guidelines

Our lifeguards are here to ensure your safety and have the authority to restrict any behavior deemed unsafe. Y members and guests must follow all safety guidelines or may be asked to leave the pool area.

  • State health codes require all persons to shower with warm water and soap before entering the swimming pool.
  • Wear appropriate swimming attire in the water at all times. T-shirts, shorts, cut-offs and street clothing are not appropriate.
  • A parent/guardian, at least eighteen (18) years of age, must accompany any child five (5) years of age and younger in the water at all times. Parents/guardians of children seven (7) years of age and younger who have passed the swim test must remain on the pool deck. All swimmers eight (8) years of age and older who have passed the swim test may use the pool on their own.
  • Any non-swimmer must have an adult accompany them in the water and be within arm’s reach.
  • Children who are not potty trained should wear two layers of accident protection, a waterproof swim diaper and a bathing suit, at all times while in the swimming pool. For privacy and sanitary reasons, please refrain from changing children on the swimming pool deck.
  • If you have a communicable or infectious disease or an open sore, please do not enter the swimming pool area.
  • Spitting and nose blowing in the pool, pool areas and locker rooms are not permitted.
  • For everyone’s safety, the swimming pool will be closed during lightning and thunderstorms and will not reopen until thirty (30) minutes after the last occurrence of either.
  • Walk, do not run, to avoid injury.
  • Pushing, dunking and rough play are not permitted.
  • For your safety, diving is only permitted in water at least nine (9) feet in depth. Do not perform back-flips, back-dives, twists or any other type of flip that may cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Extended breath holding activities may cause blackouts and are strictly prohibited.
  • United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices can be used in the shallow end of the pool. They should be properly sized and in good condition. Persons wearing the device must have be accompanied by adult in the water within arm’s reach while in the swimming pool.
  • Y equipment is for Y programs only. Starting and diving blocks are not for public use. Inflatable pool toys and flotation devices are not permitted.
  • Glass containers, food, and gum are not allowed on the swimming pool deck.
  • Please do not sit, play, hang or lie on the lane lines.
  • Before entering the deep end of the swimming pool, all swimmers must complete the swim test including an unassisted 25-yard non-stop swim and a thirty (30) second tread which will be recorded in our log. The lifeguard may administer a swim test at any time.
  • Stop, look and listen when you hear the lifeguard’s whistle blow.
  • Have fun, be safe and keep your language and behavior family friendly.

10/2018


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