Swimming at HAC

For over 50 years, the HAC Swim School has offered a full range of water adjustment and swimming lessons for children 6 months old through adulthood. Swimming lessons build confidence and can reduce the chance of drowning by as much as 88% according to the CDC.

Scholarship opportunities 

Scholarship opportunities are available for families who qualify for free or reduced school lunch programs. Learn more and apply!

Group Lessons

Parent & Child (6 months – 2 years old)

Parent & Child

Help your child get comfortable in the water and introduce your little one to swimming and water safety skills! Instructors will lead parents with their babies and toddlers in arm through games, activities and skills that teach basic water adjustment.

Class Length: 30 min.
Parent Involvement: A parent joins their child in the water.

Advanced Parent & Child

The goal of Advanced Parent and Child classes is to introduce children to the key skills needed to safely enjoy water. As an advanced skill class we will explore water independence with your child, expanding on skills previously acquired with our Parent and Child class.

Class Length: 30 min.
Parent Involvement: A parent joins their child in the water.

Little Swimmers (4 – 5 years old)

Little Swimmers Stage 1

Little Swimmers I focuses 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 life-saving skills such as floating on their back and calling for help.

Class Length: 30 min.
Parent Involvement: Parents/guardians may watch lessons from our spectator areas and are not required to be in the pool area with their child.

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, float on back and call for help with assistance

Little Swimmers Stage 2

Students will develop their basic swim skills including kicking and pulling while they explore moving through the water. Students in this course should have completed the Little Swimmer I course or equivalent.

Class Length: 30 min.
Parent Involvement: Parents/guardians may watch lessons from our spectator areas and are not required to be in the pool area with their child.

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

Youth Lessons (5 – 18 years old)

Youth Lessons allow each child to progress at their own pace through 6 stages of swimming and stroke development. Advanced skill technique work continues for swimmers to learn advanced water safety.

Class Length: 30 min.
Parent Involvement: Parents/guardians may watch lessons from our spectator areas and are not required to be in the pool area with their child.

School Age Basics (Stages 1-2)

This group is for all kids who are new to swim lessons or have taken Little Swimmers classes before. In these first two stages, students will develop the basic swim skills of kicking and pulling.

Through these two levels, students will gain water independence and learn more about water mobility.

In this class students will:

  • Turn over from front to back
  • Ask for help from the water
  • Explore underwater!

School Age Strokes (Stages 3-5)

Now that students have mastered their basic skills in stages 1 and 2 , we will continue to develop their swimming technique.

Our Strokes lessons help your child develop skills based on their own progress!

These lessons will cover:

Stage 3 – Introduction to Strokes

Stage 4 – Stroke Technique

Stage 5 – Stroke Endurance

Macatawa Swimmers

Macatawa Swimmers is a program designed to give kids a beginner swim team experience without the travel or time commitment. We offer monthly sessions with intersquad meets available about every other month.

Swimmers will:

  • Develop excellent stroke technique
  • Improve swimming endurance
  • Learn competitive swimming skills like starts and turns

Swimmers will also gain experience practicing in a team setting with an emphasis on teamwork, encouragement, goal setting and practice habits. This group is designed as an easy transition from our Stage 5 (Lessons) to a Level 1, 2 or 3 Macatawa Swimmer.

Private & Specialty Lessons

Private lessons provide flexible scheduling and personalized attention for children and adults of all ages. Whether you are learning to swim for the first time or are a seasoned swimmer looking to improve your technique, our experienced coaches can help!

Local Holland Schools

Through partnerships with local schools and support from our community, HAC provides free swim lessons for children in grades K-5. Students come to the Aquatic Center during their school day and receive 2 weeks of swim lessons each school year.
Watch our welcome video to learn more about what to expect for your child’s swim school.