Stroke Academy

What is a Stroke Academy?

  • Focused stroke instruction in a non-competitive, small group setting
  • For swimmers age 7 or older
  • 5 to 1 swimmer to coach ratio
  • YMCA membership NOT required
  • NO swim meets

Stroke Academy is a great program for young swimmers who want to continue swimming after the completion of swim lessons or their summer or winter recreation league seasons. Stroke Academy provides a positive and fun learning environment for beginner athletes and is an ideal stepping stone to move onto the TIDE Swimming competitive team. Academy swimmers will develop their skills in the four competitive strokes while building confidence as young swimmers.

Academy swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke and have experience swimming breaststroke and butterfly. Technique-based instruction focuses on developing skills and strength in freestyle and backstroke as well as skills in breaststroke and butterfly. Athletes will also be laying the foundation for competitive racing skills such as streamlines, turns, and starts.

At the completion of each session, the staff will make recommendations for each athlete to either continue in Stroke Academy or move onto the competitive team.

New for 2017-2018!  


Aerobic practice combined with stroke instruction

Skill requirements

  • For swimmers age 11 or older
  • Swimmers must be able to swim 200 yards without stopping
  • Swimmers should know how to perform flip turns

Session 8: Summer                                        June 19 - July 12


All classes will be held in the outdoor, 50m pool at the Princess Anne Family YMCA.

Three classes will be offered. Note that swimmers cannot sign up for both Breaststroke and SwimFit as they are held on the same days at the same time.

Each class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 practices.

Freestyle and Backstroke       6:00-6:45PM        $128.00

Breaststroke                              6:45-7:30PM         $128.00

SwimFit                                      6:45-7:30PM         $128.00



  • Click the link indicated for each class and follow the instructions to register online. Payment is due in full upon registration, credit/debit cards only.
  • If the registration screen indicates 0 spots available, you may request to be placed on the waiting list by emailing Coach Sandra at
  • Questions pertaining to swimmer eligibility should be directed to Coach Sandra.


  • No prorating of fees for classes missed.
  • Classes canceled by TIDE or the YMCA will be made up.
  • Be certain of your schedule when you register as CLASS FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.

Parents Say...

"I just wanted to thank you for allowing my daughter to be a late (waiting list) addition to the Butterfly Stroke Academy that started last night. She came home last night just beaming because she had so much fun (even though she was exhausted)!

As you know, we’ve been doing the Stroke Academy for 2 ½ years, and we continue to love it! She is learning good technique, but more importantly, she is learning to work hard. I love seeing how proud she is after the practice- it is exactly how I want my daughters to feel--- knowing that she worked hard, did her best and had fun!

Thank you again for allowing my young daughter (and her twin siblings through the swim lesson program) to be a part of the program. We truly appreciate all of your hard work!"