Aquatics

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We offer aquatics programs year round. Explore current swim lessons below.

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City Pools and Splash Pads


Fees

Fees vary depending on your status as a resident of the City of Grand Rapids.

RESIDENTS

$38

NONRESIDENT

$48 


Description

Parents and children learn together to increase a child’s comfort level in the water. Build a foundation of basic skills such as arm and leg movements and breath control. Suitable for ages 6-18 months. 


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm 

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm  

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Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Description

Preschoool Level 1 helps children become more familiar with the water and helps them learn basic skills. Participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around the water. Participants should be comfortable in the water without a parent. Suitable for ages 3-5.


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm 

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Description

Participants work on skills such as floating, breath control, arm and leg actions on their front and back. They will be working towards performing these skills independently with the supervision of a swim instructor. Participants must be comfortable in the water without a parent, understand floating and be comfortable putting their whole face in the water. Suitable for ages 3 - 5.


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm 

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, Noon - 12:30 pm 

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Description

This is an introductory class that helps participants become more comfortable in the water. Participants learn basic swimming and water safety skills throughout the class. Participants should learn how to enter and exit the water without assistance, breath control, floating with assistance, arm and leg actions for front and back crawl, and how to stay safe near water. Ages 6+.


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 11:15 am - Noon 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,11:15 am - Noon

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,11:15 am - Noon

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

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Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 - 12:00 pm

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Description

Participants build on foundation skills such as simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on front and back, floating and gliding so they can be performed without support, increasing distance, and greater endurance. Participants must be able to swim two body lengths with support. Ages 6+.


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 11:15 am - Noon 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,11:15 am - Noon

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,11:15 am - Noon 

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

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Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 - 12:00 pm

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Description

Participants start learning new strokes: elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick, dolphin kick, scissors kick, rotary breathing, and survival floating are taught at this level. Participants must be able to swim at least five body lengths (15 feet) on front and back without support or assistance. Ages 6+.


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 11:15 am - Noon 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,11:15 am - Noon

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,11:15 am - Noon 

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Register Online


Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:15 - 12:00 pm

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Description

Participants work toward increasing distance and stamina for swimming and treading water. Participants work on new strokes and refining previously learned swimming skills. This class works on breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, basic diving and open turns. Participants must have an understanding of elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick, rotary breathing, dolphin kick and scissor kicks. Participants need to be able to swim 15 yards front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke before entering this class. Ages 6+.


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,10:30 - 11:15 am

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 pm

Register Online


Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

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Description

Ages 6+. Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills. Must have passed Level IV or demonstrate the skills required for Level IV to participate. 


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,10:30 - 11:15 am

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am 

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 pm

Register Online


Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

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Description

Ages 6+. Refines strokes to swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Must have passed Level V or demonstrate the skills  required for Level V to participate. 


Session I (Meets once a week, June 24 - August 3)

Richmond Pool

  • Mondays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am 

MLK Pool

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays,10:30 - 11:15 am

 Briggs Pool

  • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am 

 Register Online


Session II (Meets four times a week, July 8 - 19)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 pm

Register Online


Session III (Meets four times a week, July 22 - August 2)

Richmond Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

MLK Pool

  •  Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Briggs Pool

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Register Online