Swim Lessons

 
2022 Swim Lessons

Please see the table below for our 2022 Class Offerings

Registration for all swim classes will open on Monday, May 16, 2022. This is for online registration ONLY.

In-person registration for each session will run Monday to Friday the week before the start of each session.

Registration will be available online via our website: Swim Lesson Registration Page
If you haven’t used our online registration system before, please enter the email you provided on your Emergency Response Form and click “Reset Password.” A temporary password will be generated and sent to that email address. From there, you can set up a new password for your household. A child may only be registered for one swim class per session.

Please see class dates outlined below:

Session 1: Registration is June 13 – June 17.         Classes run June 20 – July 1

Session 2: Registration is July 4 – July 8.                Classes run July 11 – July 22

Session 3: Registration is July 25 – July 29.            Classes run August 1 – August 12

Class times will be as follows:

    9:30AM to 9:55AM 10:00AM to 10:25AM 10:30AM to 10:55AM 11:00AM to 11:25AM  
Level 1   Session 1 -3 Session 1 -3 Session 1 -3 Session 1 -3  
  9:00AM - 9:50AM 10:00AM - 10:50AM 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Level 2 Session 1-3 Session 1-3 Session 1-3
Level 3 Session 1-3 Session 1-3 Session 1-3
Level 4 Session 1-3 Session 1-3 Session 1-3
Level 5 Session 3 Session 3 Session 1-3
Level 6 XXX XXX Session 1-3

Parent/Tot Class: 12:15PM - 12:45PM on Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays during a session

Adult Aquatic Improvement: 7:00AM - 7:50AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during a session

Diving: Session 2. Noon to 1PM


Our swimming lessons are based on the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program. Each course meets every day during the session, with a splash party on the last day. All classes meet on the pool deck. Unless otherwise indicated, classes have a minimum of five participants.  The majority of classes are run for two weeks, three times throughout the summer.  


Parent/Tot
Children six months to five years of age will work with their parents to become acquainted and comfortable with the water. Parents will be instructed in water safety topics
and tips on developing their children’s skills.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Children ages 4 – 6 will be introduced to safe habits in and around the water. Assisted by the instructor, children will begin to learn proper methods of moving around the pool, floating, and basic arm and leg motions.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Children who have passed Level 1 will expand on their floating and arm and leg motions while learning to incorporate rhythmic breathing and gliding. Students must demonstrate these skills independently in order to be passed to Level 3.

Level 3: Stroke Development
In Level 3, the foundations of the swimming strokes will be introduced. Other skills will include head-first entries, treading water, and rotary breathing.
 
Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Level 4 will build on Level 3 by adding additional swimming strokes and stroke mechanics. Head-first entries will be expanded upon and water safety topics will be introduced. 

Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Children who have passed Level 4 will practice the proper form of the six strokes while incorporating flip turns, racing dives, and rotary breathing.
 
Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Students will work on increasing their endurance in the water while introducing the incorporation of a pace clock, training techniques, and new water safety and survival skills.

Adult Aquatic Improvement
From beginners to those who wish to improve their stroke technique and endurance, this course is open to all adults.
At the beginning of the session, you will have a chance to discuss your goals with the instructor. Instruction and feedback will be tailored to the needs of each participant.
Maximum class size of six participants.
 
Diving
Children 5 years and older who are interested in learning about the sport of diving can register for our diving course. They will learn approaches, basic dives, and dive positions. There is a class maximum of 12 participants.

Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Course

The City of Grosse Pointe will be offering a Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Course. Pre-requisites for the course are that participants must be able to swim 300 meters continuously using front crawl and breaststroke, retrieve a 10 pound brick from 9 feet of water and tread for 2 minutes with no hands.

Those who register will have to complete 9 hours of online training prior to the first in-person session. Upon registration, each participant will be issued a voucher and provided with instructions on how to complete this training.  In person session dates are listed below:

Monday, July 11      5PM to 9PM
Tuesday, July 12     5PM to 9PM
Thursday, July 14   5PM to 9PM
Friday, July 15        5PM to 9PM
Saturday, July 16   8AM to Noon

Participants must attend ALL sessions in order to complete the course and be certified. Please call the Parks and Recreation Office with any questions. 
Please click the following link to register Lifeguard Class Registration

Guard Start
Participants will learn the basic water safety and rescue skills that will help them to become certified lifeguards in the future. There is no certification for this course. Children must be at least 11 years old to register.

Water Safety Instructor Aide

Swim Instructor Aides will assist Water Safety instructors in conducting American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety courses.  This position is particularly available for candidates who do not meet the minimum age requirements for the Water Safety Instructor course but would like to further their water safety training.

Prerequisites include a minimum of 10 years of age, exhibit a strong sense of maturity and responsibility, and demonstrate all skills listed as completion requirements for Level IV of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program.  This is a volunteer position and will be made available to interested candidates during Session I, II and III. There is no course registration or fee.  Contact the Park Office for additional details.


Recreation Class Policies

Refunds
All refunds are issued at the discretion of Department personnel. Refund checks will be mailed to the adult at the address provided on the registration form or credited back to the card on file. Refund requests made 24 hours or more before the first class meeting will receive a full refund. Requests made less than 24 hours before the first class meeting and prior to the halfway point of the class will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after the halfway point of the class.

Cancellations - Low Participation
If a class does not have the minimum number of participants registered by the Friday before the first class, the class will be cancelled. Participants will be notified as soon as possible and will have the option of moving to another class, if space is available, or receiving a full refund.

Cancellations - Poor Weather
All outdoor classes will be cancelled if there is inclement weather (such as heavy rain, thunder, or lightning) at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the class. If an extended period of inclement weather causes cancellation of 50% or more class meetings, make-up classes may be scheduled or a refund may be issued as determined by Department personnel