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Kid's Swimming Lessons

Please select the appropriate swim category + note your time slot when registering!

Monday June 12, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
10 Bank Street, Accord, NY 12404 Get Directions
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Instructor: Rayla Hart brings to Inness 50+ years experience as a hands on instructor and child centered - meeting each child as their individual needs present themselves. Rayla firmly believes that children learn faster by doing, so she will use back flotation to get them swimming, then wean them off the back flotation as they begin to show proficiency. She also uses toys, songs, splashing, and being silly to encourage a playful learning experience. Rayla has worked in all levels of swim instruction from babies/toddler + parent to adaptive (children with autism, or physical challenges) to competitive swimming. She is certified by the American Red Cross in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguard Management with CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid. Due to Rayla's 7 years experience with the YMCA, our classes will be structured similarly. Please let us know if you have any questions about which class is appropriate for your child.

IMPORTANT: Lessons are Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Please be sure to select the correct date + appropriate swim category when registering. 

  • All lessons are 30 minutes. Please arrive at the pool 10 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson time with your child(ren) ready in a swimsuit and sunscreen applied.
  • A pre-class potty stop is highly encouraged!
  • All vehicle parking is in the main parking lot, at the top of the hill.
  • Please note that the pool will remain open to general members and hotel guests during swim lessons.
  • Parents/caregivers must be in the pool with their infant or toddler during Water Discovery & Exploration classes and within the fenced pool area during all other swim lessons.
  • Cancellations must be made within 24 hours in order to qualify for a refund.
  • Additional swimming lessons will be posted on Wednesday of each week throughout the season. *Keep an eye out in the weekly newsletter

Water Discovery (6 months - 18 months): Introduce your infant to swimming by exploring the water in a fun and interactive class. Parents/caregivers will focus on basic aquatic safety and discuss developmentally appropriate expectations/goals for your infant.

Water Exploration (19 months - 3 years): A fun and interactive class where parents/caregivers will work with their toddler to explore body positions, encouraging them to move and respond to visual and verbal cues in the water. The instructor will emphasize basic aquatic safety to parents/caregivers.

Water Acclimation, Movement & Stamina (3 years - 5 years): Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in participants. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Swimmers focus on basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help and eventually on their own. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a child’s future progress in swimming.

Swim Stroke Introduction & Development (6+ years, based on experience level): Once your child has mastered the basics (can swim 15 yards on their stomach with face in the water, swim on their back without assistance, and float for 10-20 seconds) they’re ready for the next level. Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Swimmers in this stage will develop stamina and build endurance.

 Please contact our Head of Children's Programming, Jess Konecny, at if you have any questions about this activity.

Kid's Swimming Lessons
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