Aquatics

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Looking for swim lessons in Grand Rapids? We offer programs for a wide range of skill levels and ages.

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Swim Lessons 

Preschool Level 1 

Preschool 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.

No classes currently available


Preschool Level 2

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.

No classes currently available


Level 1

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+.

No classes currently available


Level 2 

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+.

No classes currently available


Level 3

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+.

No classes currently available


Level 4 

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+.

No classes currently available