Star Program

The YMCA Star Program introduces your continuing swimmer to elementary backstroke, breaststroke, side stroke, and increases their swimming distance to 350m by the end of Star 4. The optional items give your child opportunities to explore competitive swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, and aquatic fitness.

Program Schedule

Star 1

Core skills include:

  • Foot first sculling on back for 3m
  • Eggbeater with support for 1 minute
  • Front & Back Crawl
  • Elementary Backstroke
  • Combination Swim 75m

Children are required to complete 4 of the following skills:

  • Competitive swimming starts for front & back crawl
  • Competitive swimming 25m sprints
  • Deep Dive
  • Synchro:  The Tub
  • Aquatic Fitness:  Jog in shallow and deep water
  • Water Polo:  Whip kick crawl holding the ball
  • Water Safety of Choice

Star 2

Core skills include:

  • Eggbeater for 1 minute
  • Front & Back Crawl Intermediate
  • Standard Breaststroke Initial Standard
  • Combination Swim 100m

 Children are required to complete four optional skills:

  • Competitive swimming turns for front & back crawl
  • Competitive swimming sprints
  • Carry a 5lb object for 10m
  • Water Polo: Basic position
  • Water Polo: Bet pass
  • Synchro: The Pretzel
  • Aquatic Fitness: 4 working positions
  • Aquatic Fitness: Scissors in deep water with pop ups 
  • Water Safety of Choice

Star 3

Core skills include:

  • Eggbeater with no hand support for 2 minutes
  • Eggbeater moving Dolphin kick Rookie Recognition and Rescue
  • Front & Back Crawl Advanced, Standard Elementary Backstroke, Intermediate Standard Combination Swim 200m

Children are required to complete four of the following optional skills:

  • Competitive swimming breaststroke start & turn
  • Competitive swimming 250m swim using turns
  • Water Polo: Stepping
  • Water Polo: Changing Directions
  • Synchro: The Propeller Scull
  • Synchro: Water Wheel
  • Aquatic Fitness: Kicking (vertical) intensely for 5 minutes
  • Aquatic Fitness: Tilting in deep water for 5 minutes
  • Water Safety of Choice

Star 4

Core skills include:

  • Front, Back and side floats
  • Rookie H2O Proficiency
  • Breaststroke Intermediate Standard
  • Side Stroke Initial Standard
  • Combination swim 350m (as part of Rookie H2O Proficiency)

Children are required to complete four of the following optional skills:

  • Advanced Elementary Backstroke
  • Water Polo: Moving with the ball (vertical position)
  • Water Polo: Catching-passing a ball
  • Synchro: The Sailboat
  • Synchro: The Lobster Scull
  • Aquatic Fitness: Rocking around the body for 3 minutes
  • Aquatic Fitness: Bicycling for 3 minutes
  • Water Safety of Choice