HCAC 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 learn-to-swim classes. These include group and private lessons as well as classes for those with special needs.  All classes are led by trained instructors who cumulatively teach 5,000 people annually.

Parent and Child | 18 – 48 Months

Babies and toddlers are introduced to the water in the arms of their own parents as a trained HCAC instructor leads the group in games, activities and skills that teach basic water safety and adjustment.


Little Swimmers | 4-5 years

Focused on teaching basic water safety and movement skills, Little Swimmers challenges children to develop independent movement in the water. Classes are taught by trained HCAC staff with a low student to instructor ratio.

Learn to Swim | 6-12 years

The Learn-to-Swim program allows each child to progress at his/her own pace. Each of the five levels from Water Adjustment to Advanced Stroke Skills has a set of skills that must be learned prior to moving to the next level. Students are grouped by current level to work with one of the HCAC trained instructors. In addition to learning swimming skills students are taught essential water safety skills.

  • Level 1 | Water Adjustment
  • Level 2 | Beginning Swim Skills
  • Level 3 | Beginning Stroke
  • Level 4 | Developing Stroke Skills
  • Level 5 | Advanced Stroke Skills

Special Swim | 4+ years old

Special Swim is a program designed to introduce children with special needs to the water.  Children ages 4-12 work one on one with trained volunteers on skills that include water adjustment, movement, socialization and basic water safety.


School Swim Program

During the school year, HCAC teaches swim lessons to kindergartners – 5th grade students who attend Holland Public Schools, Holland Christian Schools, Vanderbilt, Black River, Corpus Christi, Calvary Schools, Lakewood Elementary, Saugatuck and Holland Adventist Academy. Watch below for an introduction to these lessons.