3 -5 years

You’re never too young to enjoy the water! For children between 3 to 5 years old, the YMCA L’il Dippers program will introduce your baby, toddler, or preschooler to the basics of swimming.

We have developed each level in L’il Dippers with your child’s natural growth and development in mind. We know each child is unique, so our YMCA swim instructors encourage your child to progress at their own pace to reach their potential.

Location: Peter Gilgan Family YMCA, 410 Rebecca Street


There are eight levels in the YMCA L’il Dipper program: Splashers, Bubblers, Bobbers, Floaters, Gliders, Divers, Surfers, and Dippers. Explore all the levels to find the one that’s right for your child.

Bobber / Floaters
This introductory program is based on water orientation and experimentation. Swimmers will be introduced to front and back floats and glides, they will be taught to get their face and head wet, blow bubbles and move in a life jacket. All skills are instructor supported. Swimmers will be required to swim independently in their PFD both on the front and back. Kicking with a buoyant aid, jumping into chest deep water will be introduced. Swimmers will be learning to roll from their front to their back and vice versa.

Glider / Diver
Swimmers will be independently floating, gliding and jumping into the pool. They will begin to retrieve objects off the bottom of the pool in chest deep water. They will further develop the ability to kick and move through the water with front and back swim, and learn how to side glide. Swimmers will be introduced to deep water. Swimmers will independently jump into deep water, and will be introduced to treading water and dives. They will begin working on front crawl with an over arm recovery and refining their flutter kick.

Surfer / Dipper
Swimmers will be working on front and back crawl, treading water and vertical whip kick. Swimmers are required to swim 15 meters of the main pool. Swimmers will be required to swim 25 meters of the main pool demonstrating proper arm and kick action for both front & back crawl. They will be introduced to side breathing.



905-845-5597 ext. 244 or 307