by Robin B
Summer is officially ‘over’, but that doesn’t mean that the opportunity for swim lessons should be! Most parents would agree that swimming is a life skill that all children should have. Swimming has many benefits for kids. Safety is the primary concern, but being comfortable and competent around the water allows children to participate in water sports and to take advantage of pools and the hundreds of lakes in Michigan.
Check out our guide for a variety of resources for swimming lessons in the Kalamazoo area.
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 (or older)*
- 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.
3025 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-552-2342
Borgess offers a wide range of fun, educational swimming courses designed for children ages 18-months-old and up. Their swimming programs include:
- Babes in Arms (age 18 to 24 months)
- Ready-Set-Go (age 20 to 48 months)
- Seashells (age 3-5 years)
- Coral (age 3-5 years)
- Dash & Splash (age 3-5 years)
- Special Strokes for Special Folks (children with special needs age 4 to 8 years)
- Home School Swim (ages 6 to 14)
- Private Swim Lessons
Contact the Borgess Aquatic Coordinator at 269-552-2342 for more information.
6767 W O Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI (KVCC) | 269-267-0420
The MCATs offer a completive swim and learn-to- swim programs for children ages 2-18 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 not based on age, rather ability. The Fall schedule begins in mid-September.
1001 W Maple Street, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-345-9622 & 2900 W. Centre Street, Portage, MI | 269-321-8385
The Y’s swim youth classes offered by the YMCA teach and hone swimming skills while building relationships and confidence. Classes run year-round starting at age 6 months. This early swim class for age 6 month – 36 month is a fun water adjustment class for parent-child teams. The YMCA offers home-school swim lessons as well as private and semi-private instruction. The YMCA also has a Tennis-n-Swim combo class (30 minutes of swimming, then 30 minutes of tennis). Parents are responsible for the transition from pool to tennis. Swim classes are held at both the Portage and Kalamazoo branch locations and available to member and non-members.
6225 North 39th Street, Augusta, MI | 269-731-3043
Centrally located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, the Wellness Center at the Sherman Lake Y is home to a six-lane pool with two diving boards. The Y has a variety of swim lessons available, open to both members and non-members. The Sherman Lake Y 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.
For additional information call the Aquatics Director 269-731-3043.
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.
For more information contact the Pool Director at 269-685-2425.
1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-387-2550
Located on the campus of Western Michigan University, Gabel Auditorium 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.
Portage Aquatic Club was developed for age group swimmers who wish to cultivate their swimming ability. The program runs September through July. PAC is open to swimmers ages six and older who can swim the length of the pool. All new swimmers will need to be assessed to assure proper placement.
Junior Crocs-Green/Black (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.
Kalamazoo United Swim Club is run through the Kalamazoo Community Education program using resources from both Loy Norrix and Kalamazoo Central high schools. Enrollment is open to any child 18 & under wishing to participate. Practices are held by age and/or ability at both Loy Norrix and Kalamazoo Central schools. Practice sessions are held during the weeknights.