Special Olympic Swim Team

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The Beatrice YMCA Special Olympic Swim Team is dedicated to providing all swimmers in the Gage County area a positive and healthy level swimming experience.  We are proud of the coaches and we offer the levels of training to meet the individual needs of our swimmers.  As a YMCA program, we challenge all persons involved in the swim team program to demonstrate the YMCA core values:  caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  As well as the Special Olympics mission providing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.

To be eligible to participate, children must be 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as to having one of the following:  intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delays that require or have required specially designed instruction.

If you like water and can float, swim or walk there is an event for YOU!

Click on the link below for registration form.


Come enjoy a real pool party with this exciting workout that combines cardiovascular training with muscle toning techniques in the massaging environment of the pool!  Amazing music, fantastic teachers and outstanding aquatic choreography make anyone, of any age or fitness level, ready to dive right in.

The regular class schedule is:

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 8:00 am & 11:15 am
  • Thursday 10:00 am

What will WATERinMOTION do for you?

This class offers the benefit of a high energy calorie burning workout with the pull that gravity plays on the body.  Experiencethe cross-training effects that water provides reducing the impact on your joints, specifically the knees and back.

  • Retains all the general health benefits of regular exercise:  lose weight, improved mobility, heart health, reduced risk of chronic illness, enhanced energy levels, improved posture, etc.
  • Relieves pressure from the spine and joints facilitating exercise for unique populations.
  • Reduces impact and creates less soreness than land based exercise.
  • Requires little or no prior experience for participants to feel comfortable and have a great workout experience.

Who is WATERinMOTION for?

  • Anyone who has been given the go-ahead from their physician to begin a fitness program after an injury or to start a workout regiment for the first time.
  • Perfect for a land-based exerciser wanting to cross-train in a lower impact environment while maintaining a high-intensity workout.
  • Older Adults can enjoy WATERinMOTION along with all younger participants and workout at their own pace without the distractions of mirrors.

For questions, contact Denise Larsen, Aquatics Coordinator, at 402-223-5266.

The YMCA offers a broad range of instructional programs for people of all ages and ability levels.

All instructional YMCA aquatics programs include the following common threads:

  • Series swimming. Series swimming, or sustained swimming, is one of the most effective methods of developing skill, strength, and endurance.  Depending on the swimmers’ level of ability, series swimming might be kicking or swimming lengths or widths
  • Peer grouping. Children learn better when they are grouped by age as well as ability.  The fact that children have school or hobbies in common enhances group rapport.
  • Closed-end classes. YMCAs maintain classes at a fixed ratio of participants to instructors.  The number of class periods is set at the beginning, and each class session has a distinct beginning and end.
  • Use of instructional flotation devices. Instructional flotation devices, when used properly, aid skill development.  Such devices free swimmers from worrying about staying afloat so they can concentrate on learning new skills and build strength and endurance.  The devices should be used only for teaching purposes and should not be worn throughout an entire class period.

At the Y, it’s never too late to learn to swim. We offer swim lessons (for all ages), family, swim, and competitive swimming.

Did you know that swimming is a great way to get physical activity?  Swimming is a life-long skill with many health benefits that helps people stay active, be healthy and have fun together or by themselves.

As part of the Y’s commitment to keep swimmers safe in and around the water, the Y encourages children and adults to have fun and enjoy the various benefits of swimming, but to always make safety their first priority.

A pioneer in swimming for more than 120 years, the Y’s programs include swim lesson, water exercise and aerobics, competitive swimming and rehabilitation programs – all emphasizing sportsmanship, fostering positive, relationships and celebrating achievement.

YMCA swim programs teach water safety skills and help participants develop confidence in and around the water. They also offer swimmers the opportunity to enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new swim techniques and meet new friends.

Swimming is a life-long skill that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age. Among its many benefits, swimming teaches children life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so they can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing. Swimming also motivates participants to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation, and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.

There is a place for everyone at the Y – anyone at any skill level can take swimming lessons.  It is never too late to learn how to swim and to enjoy the water.


Individuals requesting private and semi-private lessons may or may not be members of the YMCA.

Participants may choose private (one person) or semi-private (2-3 person) lessons. The additional persons must be provided by you in the semi-private lessons.

We offer a five-lesson package.  The Aquatics Department will work closely with you to arrange for an instructor geared to the participant’s needs and create a mutually convenient schedule. The lessons are 30 minutes in length.

Participants may request a specific instructor. If that instructor is not available another instructor will be assigned.

All registrations must be accompanied by payment in full prior to first lesson.

Participants of this program do not have exclusive use of pool. Other programs or other private lessons may be scheduled simultaneously.  We cannot schedule private lessons during our prime time when pool space and our instructors are already busy. Due to large volume of private swim lesson requests, it may be necessary to enter your name on our waiting list.

FLOAT FOR LIFE Purpose: Safety First. Classes are designed to teach children how to breathe by rolling over to their backs and floating. This life saving technique can give each child those few extra seconds that can save their lives.

Children will learn individually safety skills used throughout life. They will learn to float first, swim to the side and moving in and out of the water comfortably.

TOT DOCK FOR SAFETY: an underwater platform that enhances student confidence and security by reducing water depth and providing a railing to hold onto.



MOM, POP & ME Age: 3 months-2 years of age Designed to increase ability of parents to help their child enjoy the water. Different techniques will be used to help the child make a positive adjustment to the water. Parent or guardian must participate in water.

PIKE Age: 3-5 years of age A beginner level class designed to work on building confidence in the water and learning skills such as: floats and jumping in alone. Child must be comfortable participating without a parent or guardian.

EEL Age:  3-5 years of age can float on front or back for 5 seconds and jump in alone. Will work on front and back floats, treading water and swimming independently.

POLLIWOG Age: 6 years and older (beginners class) This class is designed for beginning swimmers who cannot yet swim.

GUPPY Age: Must pass Polliwog Can swim one half of  pool length continuously of both front and back crawl. Will focus primarily on development of front crawl, back crawl and rotary breathing.

MINNOW Age: Must pass Guppy Can swim one pool length continuously of both front crawl with rotary breathing and back crawl. Will concentrate on building endurance,  rotary breathing  and proper form in strokes. Will learn breaststroke, sidestroke and elementary backstroke.

FISH: Must pass Minnow Can swim one pool length continuously of proper front and back crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke.  Will work on building endurance and perfecting the breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke. Will be introduced to butterfly at this level.

FLYING FISH: Must pass Fish Can swim 50 yards continu- ously of each of the following strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke. Will continue to learn butterfly at this level and continue to work on building up endurance.

JR BARRACUDAS: Must pass Flying Fish Can proficiently swim 50 yards of the following: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly. Will also work on starts and turns.