Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Learning how to swim can save your child’s life! Join us to ensure your children are safe at all times around water. We offer high-quality instruction at an affordable rate and take pride in helping your children become independent swimmers as quickly as possible. 

Fall & Winter

Parent & Child Swim Lessons

6 Months-3 Yr Olds (+ Adult Guardian)

Learning how to swim can save your child’s life! Join us to learn the following skills: Enter and exit water together | Getting wet with toys  | Front and back holds | Songs and games | Blowing bubbles | Splashing and kicking legs | Splashing and reaching arms | Front and back glides | Water safety rules

  • Register Here
  • No Swim Lessons from Oct-Dec: Scheduled Pool Repairs
  • Cost: $63r/$78nr
  • Sept 12-28: M &W | 6:30-7pm
  • Sept 13-29: T & TH | 6:30-7pm
  • Jan 9-25: M &W | 6:30-7pm
  • Jan 10-26: T & TH | 6:30-7pm
  • Jan 30-Mar 6: Mon | 6:30-7pm
  • Feb 1-Mar 8: Wed | 6:30-7pm
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 8:30-9am

 

Preschool swim LESSONS 

3-5 Yr Olds

Learning how to swim can save your child’s life! Join us to learn the following skills: Water entry and exit | Breath control and submerging | Buoyancy | Changing direction and position in the water | Treading | Swimming skills on front and back | Water safety

  • Register Here
  • No Swim Lessons from Oct-Dec: Scheduled Pool Repairs
  • Cost: $63r/$78nr
  • Sept 12-28: M &W | 5:30-6:15pm
  • Sept 12-28: M & W | 10-10:45am
  • Sept 13-29: T & TH | 5:30-6:15pm
  • Jan 9-25: M & W | 10-10:45am
  • Jan 9-25: M &W | 5:30-6:15pm
  • Jan 10-26: T & TH | 5:30-6:15pm
  • Jan 30-Mar 6: Mon | 4:30-5:15pm
  • Jan 30-Mar 6: Mon | 5:30-6:15pm
  • Feb 1-Mar 8: Wed | 4:30-5:15pm
  • Feb 1-Mar 8: Wed | 5:30-6:15pm
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 9:15-10am
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 10:15-11am
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 11:15am-12pm
  • Feb 20-Mar 8: M & W | 10-10:45am

 

"Learn to Swim" LESSONS

5 Yr Olds + and 45" Tall +

Learning how to swim can save your child’s life! Our "Learn to Swim" lessons are designed to develop independent swimmers. If you're unsure about which level to enroll in, feel free to schedule a free skills assessment by emailing Heidi Berens, Assistant Pools Coordinator, at hberens@zps.org

Level 1 - Intro to Water Skills: Front and back floats | Rollover floats and glides (assisted) | Front and back glides | Flutter kick 

Level 2 - Fundamentals of Aquatics Skills: Jump in deep water | Rhythmic breathing (bobs) | Tread water | Change direction | Front and back glide | Basic front crawl | Basic back crawl

Levels 3-4 - Stroke Development and Improvement (Deep End of Pool): Sitting, kneeling and standing dives | Back float in deep water | Tread water | Deep water rhythmic breathing (bobs) | Front crawl and back crawl progressions | Elementary backstroke | Side stroke | Introduction to Butterfly | Dolphin kick | Intro to Breaststroke | Whip kick

Levels 5-6: Stroke Refinement and Skill Proficiency (Deep End of Pool): Shallow dive in deep water | Sculling Tread water with egg beater kick | Flip turns | Surface dive and retrieve object | Technique refinements and endurance of all main strokes | Endurance/distance swim

  • Register for Level 1 Here 
  • Register for Level 2 Here
  • Register for Level 3-4 Here 
  • Register for Level 5-6 Here
  • Cost: $63r/$78nr
  • ​​​​​FREE Swimming Lessons Skills Assessment (5 Yrs+): If you're unsure about which level to enroll your child in, you're welcome to schedule a free skills assessment by calling us at 616-748-3230 or by emailing Heidi Berens, Assistant Pools Coordinator, at hberens@zps.org
  • No Swim Lessons from Oct-Dec: Scheduled Pool Repairs
  • Sept 12-28: M &W | 5:30-6:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Sept 13-29: T & TH | 5:30-6:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Jan 9-25: M &W | 5:30-6:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Jan 10-26: T & TH | 5:30-6:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Jan 30-Mar 6: Mon | 4:30-5:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Jan 30-Mar 6: Mon | 5:30-6:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Feb 1-Mar 8: Wed | 4:30-5:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Feb 1-Mar 8: Wed | 5:30-6:15pm (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 8:15-9am (Levels 5-6 Only)
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 9:15-10am (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 10:15-11am (Levels 1-4 Only)
  • Feb 4-Mar 11: Sat | 11:15am-12pm (Levels 1-4 Only)

Private / Semi-private Swim Lessons

6 Month Olds-Adults

Learning how to swim can save your child’s life! Maximize the individual attention you receive and speed in which you learn by signing up for a private swim lesson (three 30-minute lessons)! Great for infants, children, teens or adults. Private swim instruction provides flexible scheduling and personalized attention to meet the need of every swimmer. Lessons are sold in bundles of three-30 minute lessons. 

  • Call 616-748-3230 to Register
    • A swim instructor will contact participants after registration to arrange lesson dates and times
    • The lead-time between the purchase date and your first scheduled lesson is approximately 3-weeks
    • For children ages 6 months-3 years, a parent (or other person 16-yrs or older) must participate in the water with each child
  • Structure: Three 30-Minute Lessons
  • 1-on-1  Lessons: $89r/$104nr
  • 2-on-1  Lessons: $73r/$88nr each
  • 3-on-1  Lessons: $63r/$78nr each

Longfellow’s WHALE Tales: “Water Habits Are Learned Early” 

5-10 Yr Olds

Longfellow

Join Longfellow the animated whale to learn about drowning prevention and water safety in a fun, engaging and age-appropriate way! Participants will learn crucial lessons that could save their life via fun activities with coloring, stickers, posters and more! Details on the topics each session will cover is below. Each participant will receive a completion certificate.

 

 

Session 1 Safety Topics: Swim as a Pair Near a Lifeguard’s Chair! | Be Cool… Follow the Rules! | Look Before You Leap! | Think So You Don’t Sink! | Reach or Throw, Don’t Go!

Session 2 Safety Topics: Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket! | Think Twice Before Going Near Cold Water or Ice! | Know About Boating Before You Go Floating! | Too Much Sun Is No Fun! | In Your House and In Your Yard, Watch for Water, Be on Guard! | Wave, Tide or Ride, Follow the Guide!

  • Register Here
  • Registration Deadline: Sat, Oct 8
  • Cost: $59r/$74nr
  • Instructors: Zeeland Rec Aquatics Coordinators
  • Location: Cityside Middle School First Floor ELA Room
  • Session I:  Saturdays | Oct 8-29
  • Session 2: Saturdays | Nov 5-Dec 3 (skip Nov 26)
  • 5-7 Yr Olds: 9-10am
  • 8-10 Yr Olds: 10-11am

Swim School

6-14 Yr Olds

This program is for kids interested in learning about competitive swimming and developing their skills in a non-competitive swimming environment. Participants will become more proficient with the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) and learn to execute starts and turns. Participants must be deep water safe and have a level four or equivalent swimming ability (See Level 4 skills list HERE). No competitive swim experience necessary. Enroll based on age at start date. 

Note: Swimmers who plan on signing up for ZAGS are encouraged to also enroll in our “Competitive Stroke Clinic”, which begins immediately after the completion of Swim School.

  • Register Here
  • Cost: $39r/$54nr
  • Instructors: Zeeland Recreation Aquatics Staff
  • Session 1: Sat | Oct 1-Oct 22 | 9:15-10:15am
  • Session 2: Sat | Feb 4-Feb 25 | 9:15-10:15am  
  • Location: Zeeland Recreation Pools

Free Open Swim While Enrolled In Swim Lessons

To encourage our swimmers to practice their skills between lessons, each child who enrolls in our swim lessons will receive a family open swim certificate that will allow FREE unlimited access for their immediate family to open swim for the duration of their swim lesson session. Family open swim certificates will be handed out on the first day of swim lessons and may be redeemed for a Splash Pass at the service desk. One certificate per family. Certificates are non-transferrable.