Youth Aquatic Programs


Pike/Eel: This level helps children learn water adjustment, develop safe pool behavior and strive towards developing independent movement in the water. Designed for new swimmers, teaching basic strokes, kicking skills, face in water comfort, safety, fun and values.

Ray/Starfish: Swimmers will be encouraged to swim without floatation devices. Skills focused on include front crawl, back float, endurance, safety skills, rescue skills, fun and values. Deeper water will be introduced along with kneel dives and rescues. Preparing for school age swimming lessons.

Class size is limited to 10

(Pike/Eel and Ray/Starfish class times are shared.)

When: Mondays & Wed June 5-28
Time: 5:15-5:45pm
Fee: Members $35 Non-Members $55
Limit to 10 participants



Polliwog: Beginning level for school age children. This gets children acquainted with the pool, use of floating and floatation devices. Students will learn rhythmic breathing, flutter kick, front and back float/glide and jumping in both the shallow and the deep end. Basic water safety is covered. Children will swim several lengths of pool when completed. (Floatation devices can be used but students are encouraged towards water independence. Comparable to Red Cross Level 2)

Guppy: Children will review and practice upon polliwog skills and must have graduated from using floatation devices. Study and practices of rotary breathing, crawl stroke, and back crawl. They will also learn survival floating, underwater swimming, turning over and changing directions as well as rescue assists. (Comparable to Red Cross Level 3)

Minnow: This is designed for the intermediate swimmer. Must have passed Guppy skills before enrolling. Guppy skills are reviewed and breast stroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke are introduced. (Comparable to Red Cross Level 4)

Fish: Can swim one pool length continuously of proper front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. Will work on building endurance and perfecting the breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. (Comparable to Red Cross Level 5)

When: Mondays & Wednesdays June 5-28
Time: 6:00-6:30pm 
Fee: Members $35 Non-Members $55
Limit to 15 participants

June AM Swim Lessons

School Age Lessons:    June 12 – June 23   9:00-9:30am Mon. - Fri. (Limit 15)
School Age Lessons:    June 12 – June 23   9:45-10:15am Mon. - Fri. (Limit 15)
Preschool Lessons:      June 12 – June 23   10:30-11:00am Mon/Wed/Fri (Limit 12)

School Age Lessons:    June 26 – July 7       9:00-9:30am Mon. - Fri. (Limit 15)
School Age Lessons:    June 26 – July 7       9:45-10:15am Mon. - Fri. (Limit 15)
$35 members / $55 non-members

Private Swimming Lessons

Are always available are for people of any age. You will get one on one instruction. Private lessons allow the instructor to give their student 100% of her or his attention. Our instructors will evaluate each swimmer and plan lessons according to the participants particular strengths and weaknesses. With private lessons, you can pick a time that works in your schedule. Please be aware, if a participant fails to come at a scheduled time without advance notice, the session is still counted.

Fee: $60 Members $80 Non-members Private lessons consist of 6 lessons, each 30 minutes long


Our caring and knowledgeable instructors will work on familiarizing your children over the age of 3 years on how to be comfortable around and in the water. They will provide safety information for parents to help teach techniques that they can use to orient their children to the water. Intro to Swimming works on increasing comfort level in the water through songs and games. It will also provide beginning swimming skills such as comfort on front and back and blowing bubbles.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 6:00-6:30pm
Dates: May 2, 4, 9, 11
Fee: Members $20 Non-Members $30
Requirments: Child must be 3 plus years old; Parents must be present in the water with their children; Child must be afraid/not comfortable around the water.

Water Toddler Aqua Class

Experience a water class designed for children age 18 months - 3 years old (non-preschool age). The objective of this class is to begin making your child comfortable in the water and prepare them for preschool swimming lessons. Certified and experienced swim instructor Terri Cook-Thielen and Chelsie Rush will incorporate games, songs, and toys to encourage basic movements in the water such as kicking, arm strokes, blowing bubbles, and breath control.
Maximum of 10 children (Parent must accompany child)
Child gains familiarity with water
Fun and engaging environment
Children must wear a swim diaper (unless potty-trained & are available for $1 at front desk)
When: May 2, 4, 9, 11
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:15-5:45pm
Fee: Members $20 Non-Members $30
Questions contact Chelsie Huddleson


When: April 21, 22, 23
This course will have an online portion that will need to be completed by April 19th
Deadline to sign up for class is April 18th
Participants Needed: Min 3  Max 8
Time: April 21st 4:00-9:00PM
          April 22nd 8:00am-5:00PM
          April 23rd 1:00-5:00PM
Instructor: Tierney Tanner
Fee: (Book Included) Members $130   Non-Members $150

Sunnyside Swim Team

Monday – Friday practice noon-1:00pm
May 31-June 28
$35 1st swimmer/$25 additional swimmer (Deadline June 1st)


Building Hours

4:30 AM - 10:00 PM
4:30 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Pool Hours

5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM

During school year pool will be closed M/T/TH/F 1:30-3:45pm


Nishna Valley Family YMCA
1100 Maple St.
Atlantic, IA 50022

Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center
703 Linn St.
Atlantic, IA 50022