If you are looking for something to do with your kids that will get them out of the house and provide them with an opportunity to be active, swimming lessons are a great option!
Swimming lessons aren’t only for summer, they are even offered in the cold months of winter. Knowing how to swim is such an important life skill, and taking lessons during the winter will help to get your kids ready for those summer pool parties! Check out our guide for a variety of resources for swimming lessons in the Kalamazoo area.
*This article has been updated in January, 2018.
1560 M-40 North Allegan, MI | 269-205-8759
The Allegan Swim School offers a variety of swim lessons using SwimAmerica unique, 10-level program that builds confidence and competency in the water. All instructors are certified through SwimAmerica.
Parent/Child Lessons: Children ages 6 months to 5 years old. Parent & Child lessons will walk parents through the process of helping their child become more comfortable in the water, teaching not only survival skills, but independent movement in the water.
Group Swim Lesson: Children 5 years and up. This program is designed to build confidence and competency in the water based on the foundation of balance, breathing, and buoyancy. Children ages 3 and 4 can also participate in the group lessons, but the focus for this age group will be to develop comfort and balance in the water.
Homeschool Lessons: These lessons are only for those that are part of a homeschool program. They are registered with the Hamilton Homeschool Partnership, but any homeschool child can participate.
Adult Lessons: For those 18+. 4:1 adult to instructor ratio. Lessons are structured around individual’s needs.
The next session starts February 5, 2018.
3025 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-552-2342
Borgess offers a wide range of fun, educational swimming courses designed for children ages 8 months and up. Their swimming programs include:
* Babes in Arms (age 8 to 24 months)
* Ready-Set-Go (age 20 to 48 months)
* Seashells (age 3-5 years)
* Coral (age 3-5 years)
* Home School Swim (ages 6 to 14)
* American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-6
* Private Swim Lessons
The next session of swim lessons begins February 20, 2018. Contact the Borgess Aquatic Coordinator at 269-552-2342 for more information.
6789 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-544-3232
The Bronson Athletic Club offers aquatics classes and swim lessons for everyone. Classes take place inside the climate-controlled indoor Aquatics Center year-round. The group swim lesson levels are:
* Aqua Babies I: 6–18 months*
* Aqua Babies II: 18 months–2½ years*
* Aqua Toddlers: 2½–3½ years*
* Water Bugs A: 3–4 years
* Water Bugs B: 4–5 years
* Levels 1–5: Begin to swim levels
* Requires parent in water with child
BAC’s aquatics instructors also specialize in private swim lessons. Call 269-544-3232 for more information. Swim classes are open to non-members of BAC.
The next session of swim lessons begins February 26, 2018.
6767 W O Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI (KVCC) | 269-267-0420
The MCATs offer a completive swim and learn to swim programs for children ages 2½ (potty trained) – 18 years. All practices and lessons are held at KVCC (Kalamazoo Valley Community College) in Kalamazoo. The program starts with Level One and proceeds up to Level Five. Once the swimmer becomes proficient in Level Five, they have the option to move on to the pre-team and swim team. Levels are based on ability rather than age.
422 Acorn Street, Plainwell, MI | 269-685-2425
The Plainwell Community Pool is located in the district’s middle school. It is open to all district residents for classes and recreation. It is a multi-lane pool of varying depth with two diving boards, spectator bleachers, changing rooms and a lobby.
Trojan Aquatic Club is a youth swim team for swimmers ages 7 thru 18. The winter season is designed to teach all four competitive strokes and turns. Competitive starts and relay exchanges will also be emphasized. All swimmers will be expected to participate in the competitive meets.
The next session of swim lessons will start in Spring 2018. For more information contact the Pool Director at 269-685-2425.
Portage Aquatic Club is a competitive swimming team that offers a “learn to swim better” program for those who wish to cultivate their swimming ability . Swimmers must be at least 7 years old and able to swim the length of the pool with their face in the water breathing to the side to join. All new swimmers will need to be assessed to assure proper placement.
Junior Crocs (Ages 6-12) is the beginning level for all swimmers that are getting started in the sport or who enjoy the sport but are unsure about competing. Classes are held at the Portage North Middle School. To register go to www.ppscommed.org.
The next season will begin in April, 2018.
6225 North 39th Street, Augusta, MI | 269-731-3043
Centrally located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, the Wellness Center at the Sherman Lake YMCA is home to a six-lane pool with two diving boards. There are a variety of swim lessons available, open to both members and non-members. The Sherman Lake YMCA also offers a “Create-a-Class” option. Participants gather three or more friends who are close in swimming ability and contact the Aquatics Director to work out a schedule for a series of swim lessons for the group.
The next session of swim lessons begins the week of March 12, 2018. For additional information call the Aquatics Director 269-731-3043.
1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-387-2550
Located on the campus of Western Michigan University, Gabel Natatorium offers a wide range of swim instruction from infant to adult levels, along with an introduction to diving as well as private classes. Classes begin for children 6 months with the Parent & Child Aquatic Class. Diving classes are offered where students learn diving safety, correct body alignment, and jumping technique. Swim classes are offered during the week and on Saturday.