Swimming lessons update 8/25/2020 –

This fall we will continue to offer swimming lessons under Executive Order 2020-160 allowing for swim lessons in indoor pools at 25% capacity for our region. 

Registration for September lessons for children ages 6 months to 18 years is now available HERE!

As mentioned in previous communications, our HCAC team has been working on hard on procedures that will allow us to safely provide swimming lessons. Here are a few of the steps that we are taking in order to keep all of our visitors safe:

Lesson Participants:

  • Social Distancing: In public areas were providing social distancing markers and “traffic” flow paths that will help us follow CDC guidelines.
  • In-water Social Distancing: We will be allowing only 1 child per lane, unless they are part of the same household and would like to group in a lane together.
  • Sanitization: We will be increasing sanitization efforts and will require our instructors to sanitize all equipment before and after each lesson.
  • Face Coverings: All HCAC guests (over the age of 2 years) will be required to wear masks in all dry land areas. For spectators, masks will be required at all times. For swim lesson participants, masks will be removed just before entering the water.

HCAC Team Members:

  • Screening: Prior to entering our facility, all our instructors and HCAC team members will complete a daily to health screening.
  • Face coverings: We will be requiring our HCAC team members and instructors to wear masks, or to wear face shields for those that will be in the water.

Other Important Notes:

  • HCAC Locker rooms are closed and will not be available for changing – all swimmers must arrive wearing swimsuits.
  • Towel service is not available – please bring your own towel.
  • We understand that you may want to view your child’s swimming lesson – we strongly encourage you to keep your spectator group to as few people as possible.

We know that we’re providing a lot of information here. If you would like more information regarding any specific programing or just have general questions, please feel free to reach out to our Instructional Program Manager, Jean Luc Miralda, at jeanluc@hollandaquaticcenter.org or (616) 393-7595 ext. 105.

The Holland Community Aquatic Center Swim School offers a full range of water adjustment and swimming lessons for children age 6 months through adults. Opportunities include group lessons, private lessons and specialized classes for adults and individuals with unique learning needs.



Swimming lessons should be considered an additional layer of protection needed to prevent drowning accidents. According to the CDC formal swimming lessons can reduce the chances of drowning by 88%.

National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Group Lessons

Parent and Child

6 months – 48 months

Help your child be comfortable and safe around water. Parent and Child classes are one of the best ways to introduce little ones to swimming and water safety skills!

Class Length: 30 min.

Parent Involvement: A parent joins their child in the water.

Little Swimmers

4 – 5 years

Lets get moving! Little swimmer classes help kids adjust to independence in the water and introduce key swimming skills to get moving in the water!

Class Length: 30 min.

Parent Involvement: Parents/guardians are welcome to watch lessons from our spectator areas but are not required to be in the pool area with their child.

Youth Lessons

5 years – 18 years

The school age Learn-to-Swim program allows each child to progress at his/her own pace, through 6 stages of swimming and stroke development. Advanced skill technique work continues, for those swimmers desiring advanced water safety!

Class Length: 30 min. (Strokes 2 and Advanced Strokes – 40 min.)

Parent Involvement: Parents/guardians are welcome to watch lessons from our spectator areas but are not required to be in the pool area with their child.

Stage 1

Focused on introducing children to the fundamental skills needed to safely enjoy water. Through play and skill instruction students adjust to independence in the water while learning the life saving skill of floating on the back and calling for help.

In this class your child will

  • Enter and exit the water safely
  • Blow bubbles with face under water
  • Submerge and look for objects under the water
  • Float on front and back for 5 seconds
  • Kick with alternating feet and splashing toes
  • Roll from front to back and back to front with assistance
  • Jump into pool, floats on back and call for help with assistance

Stage 2

Let’s get moving! Students will develop the basic swim skills of kicking and pulling while they explore moving through the water. Students in this course should have completed the Little Swimmer I course or equivalent.

In this class your child will:

  • Kick with alternating feet and splashing toes
  • Pull with alternating arms and open hands
  • Glide and swim to wall
  • Swim, float, swim for 10 feet
  • Retrieve underwater object
  • Jump into pool, float on back and call for help unassisted
  • Swim 20 feet without assistance

Students learn the essential skills needed to begin swimming by progressing through Water Adjustment (Stage 1) and Water Movement (Stage 2). Students will be group by current skill level on the first day of lessons.

Stage 1 | Water Adjustment

Students become comfortable and confident in the water while practicing front and back floating, proper air exchange (blowing bubbles underwater) and explore moving through the water.

In this class your child will:

  • Enter and exit water safely
  • Blow bubbles with their mouth and nose under the water
  • Bob 5 times in a row
  • Float on front and back for 5 seconds
  • Glide, swim back to the wall and recover to standing
  • Jump into pool, float on back and call for help with assistance

Stage 2 | Water Movement

Developing mobility in the water is the objective. Students will practice stroke and kick skills separately and combined with the goal of helping students successfully move through the water using both their arms and legs.

In this class your child will:

  • Kick with alternating legs and splashing toes
  • Pull with alternating arms and open hands
  • Swim on front combined arms and legs for 10 yards
  • Swim fin and flutter for 10 yards
  • Jump into shallow and deep water unassisted
  • Jump into pool, float on back and call for help unassisted

Students develop swimming endurance and proper stroke technique for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke and Butterfly. Students will be grouped by current ability on the first day of lessons.

Stage 3 | Introduction to Strokes

Students learn the front crawl, backstroke and are introduced to the whip kick. Drills will occur over a greater distance to begin building the endurance needed to swim a complete length of the pool.

In this class your child will:

  • Flutter kicks 2 body lengths on side
  • Dolphin kick 2 body lengths on side
  • Whip kick with toes out and ankles flexed
  • Swim on front combined arms and legs for 25 yards
  • Swim fin and flutter for 25 yards
  • Sit-dive into deep water

Stage 4 | Stroke Technique

Students focus on improving freestyle and backstroke technique, developing proper breaststroke rhythm and building stamina to swim greater lengths.

In this class your child will:

  • Swim 25 yards combined freestyle with proper rotary breathing pattern (breathing to the side)
  • Swim 25 yards combined backstroke
  • Swim 25 yards combined elementary backstroke
  • Swim 25 yards combined breaststroke
  • Standing Dive

Stages 5 & 6| Stroke Endurance and Skill Work

Students will continue to develop proper stroke technique in the four competitive strokes while building the endurance needed to swim two lengths of the pool continuously.

In this class your child will:

  • Swim 50 yards of freestyle w/bilateral breathing
  • Swim 50 yards of elementary backstroke with proper timing (glide and rest)
  • Swim 50 yards of breaststroke with proper timing (pull-breath-recover)
  • Swim 25 yards combined butterfly with fins

 

Students enrolling for Advanced Stroke classes are here to develop skills and advanced water safety. These groups require the ability to swim all four strokes for a minimum of 25 yards each proficiently. Instructors will evaluate each swimmer’s skills and refer to our basic strokes level classes if additional stroke work is needed before moving to the advanced levels.


Macatawa Swimmers offers school age students a first experience with the team swimming environment! Swimmers will focus on developing excellent stroke technique, swimming endurance and learn competitive swimming skills like starts and turns. Additionally, swimmers will gain experience practicing in a team setting with an emphasis on teamwork, encouragement, goal setting and great practice habits.

Practice takes place Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15-7:00pm


Private Lessons

Private lessons provide flexible scheduling and personalized attention. Whether you want to learn to swim for the first time or are a seasoned swimmer looking to improve your technique, our experienced coaches are here to help!

Specialty Lessons

Adult Lessons

Looking to be more comfortable in the water or improve you stoke skills? Check out our Adult swimming lessons.

Special Swim

Special Swim introduces children with special needs to the water.  Students work work one on one with trained volunteers on skills that include water adjustment, movement, socialization and basic water safety.

School Partnerships

Each school year, the Holland Community Aquatic Center teaches swim lessons to nearly 3000 kindergartner – 5th grade students who attend area elementary schools.

Through partnerships with local schools and support from our community, HCAC Swim School provides swim lessons for children in grades K-5. Students are bused to HCAC during their school day and receive 2 weeks of lessons each school year.

Is your student coming for lessons this year? Watch this video to learn more about what to expect!

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