Swim School

Creating opportunities in aquatics for people of all abilities through excellence in swimming instruction

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.


Parent & Child

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!

Age: 6 months – 4 years

Class Length: 30 min.

Parent Involvement: A parent joins their child in the water

Parent & Child I | 6-24 Months

Infants and toddlers are introduced to the water in the arms of their parents, as an instructor leads the group in games, activities and skills that teach basic water safety and adjustment. Children in this class may not be able to follow simple verbal cues yet.

In this class you’ll help your child:

  • Blow bubbles at the surface
  • Float on their back
  • Move with chin on the water
  • Roll from the front to back
  • Grab the Wall
  • Enter and exit the water safely
Parent & Child II | 18-48 Months

Introducing children to the fundamental water skills of floating, blowing bubbles and basic water movement; children in this class should be able to follow simple verbal cues but are not yet comfortable without a parent in the water.

In this class you’ll help your child

  • Blow bubbles at the surface and under the water
  • Float on their back
  • Move while blowing bubbles
  • Roll from the front to back and back to front
  • Move through water to the wall
  • Enter and exit the water safely

Little Swimmer

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!

Age: 3 – 5 years

Class Length: 30 min.

Parent Involvement: A parent/guardian is required to be in the pool area with their child but will not be in the water.

Little Swimmer I | Water Adjustment

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
Little Swimmer II | Water Movement

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

School Age

The school age Learn-to-Swim program allows each child to progress at his/her own pace. through 5 stages of swimming and stroke development.

Age: 6 – 12 years

Class Length: 30 min.

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
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
Stage 5 | Stroke Endurance

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

Not sure which class to register for? Check out our Swim Lesson Stage Guide



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.

Community Partners

Interested in Summer Swimming Programs and Camps?