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GVSU Swim & Dive

Summer Youth Swimming Instruction | Session B

Location Allendale, MI
Event Date(s) Jun 22, 2020 to Jul 3, 2020
Ages 4 to 14
This event has been canceled.

Event Description

2020 Summer 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.

Ages 4 - 14 | Cost: $80
Class Start Times Session A-D
Class 1: 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM
Class 2: 9:45 AM - 10:25 AM
Class 3: 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Class 4: 11:15 AM - 11:55 AM
Session B: June 22nd - July 3rd
Monday - Friday: 45 Minute Classes

Additional Information
Sessions will meet for 10 Classes (Monday-Friday for two weeks, 40 Minutes per session).
*Classes in Session B will be 45 Minutes to make up for July 4th.

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.

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.

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 move a student to a different class or session if  needed.

Refunds: There is a $8.00 non-refundable fee for any cancellation prior to the first class. After classes begin and up to the third class, 50% of the class fee will be refunded. No refunds will be made after the third class.


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.

Accidents: Our camps provide accident insurance coverage for all participants in our summer camp activities.  Only ACCIDENTS that occur in sponsored and supervised summer camp activities are covered. View important information regarding this coverage in the following document  View Accident Insurance (PDF).  It is intended as a brief description for reference only, and is not the policy. Complete forms may be turned in at the start of camp.