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Swim Lessons for All Ages
The Kroc Center is proud to offer the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. This progressive lesson program helps children learn the fundamentals of swimming and water safety through the teaching and assessment of critical water skills. Depending on a child’s abilities, they may remain at the same Learn-to-Swim level for more than one session.
PARENT & CHILD: LEVEL 1 (AGES 6 MONTHS-3 YEARS)
You and your child are in the water together. Learn ways to support your child while they become familiar with the water by blowing bubbles, floating, kicking, and being safe in aquatic environments.
PARENT & CHILD: LEVEL 2 (AGES 18 MONTHS-3 YEARS)
You and your child are in the water together, building on the skills from Parent & Child Level 1. Your child will learn floating, gliding, how to use their arms while swimming on their front and back, and water safety skills. Children are NOT required to complete Parent & Child Level 1 first, but they must be comfortable in the water.
PRESCHOOL LEVEL 1 (AGES 3-5)
Familiarize children with the water and help them learn basic skills. Helps participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around the water. Participants must be comfortable in the water without a parent.
PRESCHOOL LEVEL 2 (AGES 3-5)
Students learn skills such as floating, arm and leg actions, gliding, and breath control, working towards performing these skills independently. This class is equivalent to Learn-to-Swim Level 1: Intro to Water Skills. Participants must be comfortable in the water without a parent.
PRESCHOOL LEVEL 3/4 (AGES 3-5)
Participants build on their basic swimming skills by increasing repetitions, distances, and times. All skills will be performed independently. This class is equivalent to Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Fundamental Skills.
LEVEL 1: INTRO TO WATER SKILLS (AGES 5-12)
This introductory class helps participants become more comfortable in the water by learning basic swimming and water safety skills. Skills covered include entering and exiting the water without assistance, breath control, floating with assistance, arm and leg actions, and how to stay safe near water.
LEVEL 2: FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS (AGES 5-12)
Participants build on foundation skills such as simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on front and back, floating and gliding so they can be performed without support, increasing distance, and greater duration. PREREQUISITE: Students must be able to swim two body lengths with support.
LEVEL 3: STROKE DEVELOPMENT (AGES 5-12)
Learn elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick, dolphin kick, scissors kick, rotary breathing, and survival floating. PREREQUISITE: Students must be able to swim five body lengths on front and back without support.
LEVEL 4: STROKE IMPROVEMENT (AGES 5-17)
This class covers breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and open turns. Participants work toward increasing distance and stamina for swimming and treading water. PREREQUISITE: Students must be able to swim 15 yards of elementary backstroke and be familiar with dolphin, breaststroke and scissor kicks.
LEVEL 5 / 6: STROKE REFINEMENT / FITNESS SWIMMER (AGES 5-17)
Students work to refine their skills in all six strokes, build endurance, and learn new skills such as front and backstroke flip turns. PREREQUISITE: Participants must be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl and elementary backstroke and 15 yards of back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and side stroke.
ADULT LEARN–TO–SWIM (Ages 13+)
Are you fearful of the water? Have you always wanted to learn to swim but never had the opportunity? You’re not alone! About one–third of adults in the United States can’t safely swim the length of a pool. We’re helping to change that. No prerequisite.
ADULT SWIM LESSONS: THE BASICS (Ages 13+)
This beginner class helps adults learn basic skills such as floating, gliding, pulling and kicking. Participants will learn ways to be safe in and around water and how to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency. Must be comfortable in the water.
ADULT SWIM LESSONS: IMPROVING SKILLS/STROKES (Ages 13+)
This class helps adults improve basic swimming and water safety skills, and adds new skills such as elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, butterfly, rotary breathing, and turns. PREREQUISITE: Participants must be able to swim five body lengths on front and back without support.
ADULT SWIM LESSONS: INTRO TO LAP SWIM (Ages 18+)
Increased distance and repetitions will help adults refine all six strokes, learn turns and build endurance. Participants also learn how to create work outs. PREREQUISITE: Participants must be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl and elementary backstroke and 15 yards of back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly and side stroke.
2021 marks the fifth year the Kroc Center has been able to partner with Grand Rapids Public Schools to teach basic swim lessons to second-grade students. Read more about this remarkable initiative supported by USA Swimming’s “Make a Splash” grant program.
Water Fitness Classes
RIVER WALKING (AGES 18+)
Want more than just a walk in the lazy river? Make the most of your time with this low–impact workout, designed to build strength, improve balance, and sustain cardiovascular health. The resistance of the moving water increases the effectiveness of many common exercises. Equipment will be provided. No swimming experience needed; water shoes are recommended.
Jessica Viau has worked at the Kroc Center since 2016, after also managing pools for the City of Grand Rapids and the YMCA.
“I love watching people of all ages and abilities enjoy the facility. We get to change lives by teaching people how to be safe around water and help people overcome their fears and physical limitations. I also have the privilege of hiring many teenagers and young adults in this department. I love watching them mature into responsible adults during their time here.”
Become a Lifeguard!
Looking for a fun job where you can make a difference? The Kroc Center is always looking for adults and students ages 16 and older to work as lifeguards in our Aquatics Center. Click here to see all current Kroc Center job postings.