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GVSU Swim & Dive

Spring Youth Swimming Instruction

Location Allendale, MI
Event Date(s) Apr 6, 2020 to Apr 17, 2020
Ages 4 to 14
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Event Description

2020 Spring Youth Swimming Instruction

Beginner through Advanced level swimmers. Each class period will include all age levels and all ability groups.

Each class is divided into several teaching stations (4-8 students) determined by the ages and abilities of the students enrolled in that class period.

Students are assigned to a teaching station using the information shown on your registration form and by a water evaluation done during the first class. Our goal is to provide a small group teaching and learning environment to allow maximum skill development for each individual student.

Classes run Monday through Friday for two weeks.

Monday - Friday, April 6th - April 17th
Ages 4 - 14
Water safety and swim skills
learned through fun activities.
Program Cost: $80
Class Start Times
 Class 1: 5:00 PM - 5:40 PM
 Class 2: 5:45 PM - 6:25 PM
 Class 3: 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
No phone registrations accepted.

10 Skill Levels!
Each skill level has a main goal as well as several “Other Basic Skills” that serve as foundations for the main skill in that level and to prepare them for the next level. Each skill level will focus on developing appropriate water skills to determine progression to the next skill level.

Our Teaching Approach
Our program is based upon three basic beliefs:

  1. The two greatest obstacles to learning to swim are:
    1. Fear of putting the face in the water.
    2. Fear of falling to the bottom of the pool.
  2. Learning takes place faster when it is fun.
  3. People learn at different rates and in different ways.

As the student is learning and accepting these concepts we begin to explore other swimming skills through fun activities and movement exploration in the water.

We emphasize learning proper body position, buoyancy and body alignment to allow the student to be comfortable in the water. Much of their early work is done with the student working while on their back. As the student is learning and accepting these concepts we begin to explore other swimming skills through fun activities and movement exploration in the water. Our instructors are encouraged to use a variety of equipment and approaches to make the learning fun and effective for each student.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These lessons require that 4 and 5 year olds must be able to work in group lessons (taking turns, following directions, etc.) and should be comfortable performing basic skills such as reaching/pulling and kicking when asked. We reserve the right to refer a student to another class or ask for them to withdraw from a class if needed.

Refunds: There is a $10 non-refundable fee for any cancellation prior to the first class. After classes begin an up to the third class, 50% of the fee will be refunded. No refunds after the third class meeting.


Please note that GVSU is very serious when it comes to any minor on our campus and we have our “minors on campus” policy which is outlined on this link here: https://www.gvsu.edu/minorsoncampus/

Also note: Instructors and staff are not permitted to be in the bathroom area with any participants. There are family restrooms available and just ask an instructor/staff member where they are located.