L’il Dipper Program (6 mos to 5 yrs)

L’il Dipper Program (6 mos to 5 yrs)

Splashers LEVEL 1 (6 to 18mos) 

As the first level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper program, Splashers is a great way to introduce babies 6-18 months old to the water. Parents get in on the fun by participating with their children. At this early stage, children are still learning a lot about their environment. The goal of Splashers is to make children and parents comfortable in the water together, and (of course) to learn to splash with arms and legs! – What is my child’s level?

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Bubblers LEVEL 2 (3 to 5 yrs) 

The second level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper program, Bubblers, is for children 18 months – 3 years old. We work with you to introduce your child to new movements in the water, including holding the wall, kicking feet, and blowing bubbles. Parents get in on the fun by participating with their children. What is my child’s level?

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Bobbers LEVEL 3 (3 to 5 yrs)

The third level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper program, Bobbers, is for children 3-5 years old who are new to swimming. We continue to introduce fun activities in the water to activate the movements that will eventually lead to swimming. By the end, your child will be comfortable having their face in the water and will have learned basic movements while being supported. What is my child’s level?

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Floaters LEVEL 4 (3 to 5 yrs) 

The fourth level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper program, Floaters, is for children 3-5 years old who have completed Bobbers or equivalent. We introduce floating and gliding, and continue to practice other movements. Through structured activities and play, children will also become comfortable submerging themselves under water. What is my child’s level?

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Gliders LEVEL 5 (3 to 5 yrs)

The fifth level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper program, Gliders, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Floaters or show an equivalent level of competence. Children will combine kicking with gliding to learn how to propel themselves through the water. What is my child’s level?

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Divers LEVEL 6 (3 to 5 yrs)

The sixth level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper program, Divers, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Gliders or show an equivalent level of skill. Children will combine all the skills they have learned so far to swim on their front and back unaided for a distance of 10 metres. Your child will also learn to jump into and float in deep water unassisted. What is my child’s level?

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Surfers LEVEL 7 (3 to 5 yrs)

The seventh level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper swim program, Surfers, is for children 3-5 years old who have completed Divers or show an equivalent level of competence. We continue to help your child develop front and back swimming skills and build up to a distance of 15 metres. And now that your child is comfortable jumping into the water, we’ll work on some creative, fun entries — ker-splash! What is my child’s level?

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Dippers LEVEL 8 (3 to 5 yrs)

The eighth and final level of our YMCA Li’l Dipper swim program, Dippers, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Surfers or show an equivalent skill level. We introduce the front and back crawl as well as underwater swimming. Children at this level will have achieved a foundation of swimming skills and be able to front swim a distance of 25 metres. What is my child’s level?

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Planning on missing a swimming class?  Let us know by emailing us at [email protected].

News

Temporary Closure Period: Friday, April 23 – Thursday, May 20, 2021 (inclusive)

Dear friends of the John W. Lindsay YMCA, We are sure you have heard during the Nova Scotia Government's press conference today, the new Public Health restrictions that will be in place as of Friday, April 23, 2021 for a period of four weeks. Unfortunately, we will have to postpone programming until we are otherwise advised by Public Health. Temporary Closure Period: Friday, April 23 – Thursday, May 20, 2021 (inclusive) The YMCA is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all. The safety of our members, participants, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance, and therefore [...]

John W. Lindsay YMCA

5640 Sackville Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1L2

Phone: 902-423-9622

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 5:45am to 8pm
  • Tuesday: 5:45am to 8pm
  • Wednesday: 5:45am to 8pm
  • Thursday: 5:45am to 8pm
  • Friday: 5:45amto 8pm
  • Saturday: 7:45am to 7pm
  • Sunday: 7:45am to 7pm

Contact us

(902) 423-9622 ext 0 [email protected]