Dive Right In with Swim Lessons for Kids

Summer in Michigan often means pool parties and trips to the lake. However, any season is the right time to learn how to swim or to brush up on swimming skills for kids of all ages.

See our complete roundup of aquatic centers around Kalamazoo that offer swim classes, lessons, and competitive swim. You’ll find options to suit your swimmer’s age and skill level.

Swim Classes for Kids

Looking for pools in the community offering open swim?  Check out our Indoor Swim Guide for Families.

Swim Centers and Classes Around Kalamazoo

Teaching your child to swim is a critical skill and often comes with health benefits. Finding the right instructor and swim class is essential for implementing lifelong water skills.

Read on to find the best spots in Southwest Michigan to take your child for swim classes.

Allegan Aquatic Center | 1560 M-40 North, Allegan

The Allegan Swim School offers parent/child Lessons for ages six months to five years and a variety of group swim lessons using SwimAmerica’s unique, 10-level program that builds confidence and competence in the water. Homeschool and adult swim lessons are also available.

Battle Creek YMCA | 182 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek

Swim lessons at the Battle Creek YMCA cover the basics of floating, stroke technique, water safety and boat safety. All ages are welcome, from 6 months to adults. Lessons are open to members and non-members.

Borgess Health & Fitness Center | 3025 Gull Road, Kalamazoo

Borgess offers a wide range of fun, educational swimming courses designed for children ages 8 months and up.  Their swimming programs include group lessons for up to age five and American Red Cross Learn to Swim group lessons for ages six and up.

Bronson Athletic Club 6789 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo

The Bronson Athletic Club offers aquatics classes and swim lessons for all ages. Classes take place inside the climate-controlled indoor Aquatics Center year-round. The group swim lesson levels are for ages six months and up. Swim classes are open to members and non-members of Bronson Athletic Club and private swim lessons are available upon request.

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo1001 W. Maple Street, Kalamazoo and 2900 W. Centre Ave., Portage 

The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo offers swim lessons for all ability levels and ages, starting at six months. Lessons focus on water discovery, acclimation, and stamina for young children followed by stroke introduction, development, and mechanics for older children. Private and homeschool lessons, as well as a pre-competitive swim team, are also available.

Swim Lessons Kalamazoo

Plainwell Community Schools  Pool422 Acorn Street, Plainwell

The Plainwell Community Pool is located in the district’s middle school and is open to all district residents for classes and recreation. Swim lessons are offered for children starting at age four. The Trojan Aquatic Club is a competitive swim team for youth ages 8-18.

Portage Aquatic Club

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 all new swimmers will need to be assessed to assure proper placement.

Junior Crocs (Ages 6-12) is the beginning level for all interested swimmers.

Sherman Lake YMCA6225 North 39th Street, Augusta

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. Lessons start at the age of four months and are available for children and adults of all skill levels. Also available are family swim lessons, small group lessons, and private lessons.

WMU (Gabel Natatorium)1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo

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.

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