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Swim Lessons

Metroparks Working with Partners to Offer FREE Swim Lessons

In partnership with multiple community organizations located within the five county area in southeast Michigan, your Metroparks are excited to bring swim lessons to you for FREE. Participants will learn basic water safety skills and get an introduction to swimming. No prior experience is needed, certified instructors will work with participants at their level with ease and understanding of their comfort in the water.

All registered participants will receive a swimsuit, swim caps, goggles, bag, and a towel.

Summer Swim Lessons – Registration through the Metroparks

Registration Opens May 17

For the below lessons, registration will be completed through the Metroparks registration site. We recommend setting up your Metroparks account ahead of time, if you don’t already have one, so registration is faster. REMEMBER: you will need to add EACH child/person you want to register for lessons as an account member in your account BEFORE starting registration. Click here to learn more about setting up a swim account and registration

Q. When does registration open for summer lessons?
A. May 17 at 10am registration links will be added to this page.

Q. Can I register my kid for more than one session?
A. No – we ask that you register each child for only one session of free lessons at this time so we can deliver lifesaving skills to as many people as possible. If duplicate registrations are observed, you will be contacted to choose one and cancel the others.

Q. I have multiple children. Can I register more than one child for the same session of lesson?
A. Yes – during registration you will have the option to select one or multiple children/people to register for that session.

Q. Can I register multiple children from the same family for different sessions?
A. Yes – you will need to process each registration, but as long as each child is only registered for one session, that is acceptable.

CHANDLER PARK - FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER, DETROIT

Learn water safety and swimming skills at the Family Aquatic Center pool at Chandler Park. Participants will learn basic water safety skills and get an introduction to swimming.

These swim lessons are geared towards 5 to 13-year-old.  Any child under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on the pool deck. Each group of lessons are held for two weeks, Wednesday – Saturday each week and run 10:15 a.m-11:00 a.m. each lesson. You should plan to attend all lessons in the session you register for.

Session 1: June 26, 27, 28, 29, July 3, 4, 5, 6
Session 2: July 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
Session 3: July 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3
Session 4: Aug 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

**LESSONS ARE FULL**

WATERFORD OAKS - POOL, WATERFORD

Learn water safety and swimming skills at Waterford Oaks pool. Participants will learn basic water safety skills and get an introduction to swimming.

These swim lessons are geared towards 5 to 13-year-old.  Any child under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on the pool deck. Each group of lessons are held for two weeks, Monday – Thursday each week.  You should plan to attend all lessons in the session you register for.

Session 1: July 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 at  9 – 9:45 a.m.
Session 2:  July 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1 at 9 – 9:45 a.m.

**LESSONS ARE FULL**

RUTHERFORD POOL, YPSILANTI - Youth lessons - Beginner, Beginner II, Intermediate, Advanced Levels

These swim lessons are geared towards 5 to 13-year-old. Any child under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on the pool deck. You should plan to attend all lessons in the session you register for.

Beginner, Beginner II, Intermediate &, Advanced Lessons (Monday – Thursday)

  • Session 1: June 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • Session 2: June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, July 1, 2, 3
  • Session 3: July 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Session 4: July 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 5, 6, 7, 8

Session Times: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m., 11:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Beginner & Beginner II ONLY  (Saturdays)

  • Session 5: June 1, 8, 15, July 20, 27, Aug 3

Session Times: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. – Noon

BEGINNER – Participants in this level are comfortable in the water and getting their face wet but are not yet swimming. Swimmers need to be able to follow instructions and wait for the instructor.
**LESSONS ARE FULL**

BEGINNER II – Participants in this level are comfortable in the water. Swimmers can float on their front and their back.
**LESSONS ARE FULL**

INTERMEDIATE – Participants in this level can swim the front crawl, float on their front and back. Swimmers need to be comfortable in water over their head.
**LESSONS ARE FULL**

ADVANCED – Participants in this level should be comfortable in the deep end, swim front and back crawl. Diving and stroke techniques will be improved.
**Click here to register for Advanced lessons on May 17**

RUTHERFORD POOL, YPSILANTI - Adult Only

Learn water safety and swimming skills at Rutherford pool. Adults will learn basic water safety skills and get an introduction to swimming. Adults 18 and up, can select UP TO 6 different lessons. Adult lessons are standalone lessons and each date/time combination will have instructors working participants through basic swim skills at the level of comfort they are currently at in order to improve their skills and safety around the water.

Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:15-6pm.  Adult lessons will start on June 10 and run through August 7.  Participants select 6 dates for their lesson schedule.

Session Dates: Jun 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, Jul 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, Aug 5, 7
Session Time: 5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

**LESSONS ARE FULL**

RUTHERFORD POOL, YPSILANTI - Toddler Level

These swim lessons are geared towards 2 to 5-year-olds. Toddlers who are not potty-trained need to have swim diapers on with a suit covering. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the pool deck. Only registered swimmers in the water (Parents will be allowed to get into the water with their toddler if they choose).  Please do not bring other unregistered children into the class. 

TODDLERS – This level is an introduction to water exploration for young swimmers. It is not meant for babies. Toddlers will work on getting in and out of the pool independently. They will work on bubble blowing, supported kicking and floating.

Session 1: June 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
Session 2: June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, July 1, 2, 3
Session 3: July 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18
Session 4: July 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 5, 6, 7, 8

Session Times: 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m., 11:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

**LESSONS ARE FULL**

RUTHERFORD POOL, YPSILANTI - Baby Bubbles

BABY BUBBLES: In this level we will use a “parent and me” class style.  Each class is designed for a parent and the child aged 0-2 years to be in the pool together. Parent/caregiver MUST get in the pool with the child. Child must have a swim diaper and a covering over the diaper. This is not a swim lesson but a time where parents can become comfortable interacting with their child in the water. Songs and movement games are played.

Participants can select UP TO 4 different lessons. Baby Bubbles are standalone lessons.

Session Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28
Session Time: 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

**LESSONS ARE FULL**

Summer Swim Lessons – Registration through partners

For the below lessons, registration will be completed through the partner organizations website.

SWIM IN THE D - CITY OF DETROIT - Adams Butzel Recreation Center, Patton Recreation Center, Northwest Recreation Center, Brennan Pool

Learn water safety and swimming skills through the Swim in the D program at City of Detroit Parks & Recreation- Brennan pool and recreation centers: Adams Butzel, Patton, and Northwest.  Participants will learn basic water safety skills and get an introduction to swimming. Each lesson is 45 minutes and participants should plan to attend all lessons in the session. No prior swim experience required.

Lessons are held for two weeks, Monday- Thursday each week, beginning June 24, 2024.

**Registration link coming June 10 due to technical delays.**

HOWELL HIGHLANDER AQUATIC CENTER - HOWELL

Learn water safety and swimming skills at Howell Highlander Aquatic Center. Participants will learn basic water safety skills and get an introduction to swimming. Each lesson is 30 minutes and participants should plan to attend all lessons in the session. No prior swim experience required.

These swim lessons are geared towards 5 to 13-year-old.  Any child under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on the pool deck.

Session 1: July 8, 9, 10, 11, July 15, 16, 17, 18 (Monday-Thursday)
Session Times:
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., 9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m., 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2: July 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1 (Monday-Thursday)
Session Times: 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., 9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m., 10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m., 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3: July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Aug 1 (Tuesday & Thursdays)
Session Times: 3:30 p.m. -4 p.m., 4:05 p.m. – 4:35 p.m., 4:40 p.m. – 5:10 p.m., 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

**LESSONS FULL**

MACOMB FAMILY YMCA - MT. CLEMENS

The Macomb Family YMCA and Huron-Clinton Metroparks are partnering to provide swim lessons to Macomb County Participants. Students will receive 5 Safety Around Water swim lessons. Each class is 45 minutes and participants should plan to attend all lessons in the session. No prior swim experience required.

These swim lessons are geared towards 5 to 13-year-old.  Any child under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on the pool deck.

Classes held Monday – Friday.

  • June 24 – June 28, 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • June 24 – June 28, 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • July 22 – July 25, 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • July 22 – July 25, 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Aug 12 – Aug 16, 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Aug 12 – Aug 16, 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

**Click here to register on May 17**

ANN ARBOR YMCA - PINCKNEY

The Ann Arbor YMCA and Huron-Clinton Metroparks are partnering to provide swim lessons at Birkett Lake, located at the YMCA Camp Birkett in Pinckney. Students will receive 5 Safety Around Water swim lessons. Each class is 45 minutes and participants should plan to attend all lessons in the session. No prior swim experience required.

These swim lessons are geared towards 5 to 13-year-old.  Any child under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on the pool deck.

**Click here for schedule & registration**

WHITMORE LAKE HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY POOL, WHITMORE LAKE - Adult Only

Whitmore Lake Community Pool and Huron Clinton Metroparks are partnering to provide swim lessons to Adult participants. Students will receive 6 beginner level swim lessons. Each class is 45 minutes and will be held once weekly. All slots are first come first serve.

Lessons will run Tuesdays from June 18 – July 30 (no lessons July 2).

  • Beginner Plus, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Beginner, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Water Shy, 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.

**Click here to register on May 17**

METROPOLITAN DETROIT YMCA - Detroit, Mt Clemens, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Southgate, Farmington - Adult Only

The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the Metroparks are partnering to provide swim lessons to Adult participants. Students will receive 6 beginner level swim lessons. Each class is 45 minutes and will be held once weekly. Please register with the link provided. All slots are first come first serve.

**Click here for schedule & registration**

Lets Get Everyone in the Pool

Your Metroparks are committed to improving water safety so that all Michiganders can safely and confidently enjoy the pools, lakes and rivers our state has to offer. In 2021, the Metroparks worked with an external consultant to identify the barriers to swim instruction and the gaps in water safety. Thanks to responses from all across our communities, we learned that the cost of swim lessons were too high, particularly for people of color and for city of Detroit residents. The consequences are stark: studies show 70 percent of Detroit kids have little to no swim experience. So we began building partnerships and funding lessons to make them FREE for residents in communities across all five counties we serve.

In 2023 we announced and launched a 5-year plan to expand these efforts.

Learn more about those initial partnerships and their impacts in this short film.

 

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