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Swimming Lessons & Aquatics Programs
Swim Lessons

Our swimming lessons are based on the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program. Each course meets every day during the session, with a splash party on the last day. All classes meet on the pool deck. Unless otherwise indicated, classes have a minimum of five participants.

Children six months to five years of age will work with their parents to become acquainted and comfortable with the water. Parents will be instructed in water safety topics
and tips on developing their children’s skills.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Children ages 4 – 6 will be introduced to safe habits in and around the water. Assisted by the instructor, children will begin to learn proper methods of moving around the pool, floating, and basic arm and leg motions.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Children who have passed Level 1 will expand on their floating and arm and leg motions while learning to incorporate rhythmic breathing and gliding. Students must demonstrate these skills independently in order to be passed to Level 3.

Level 3: Stroke Development
In Level 3, the foundations of the swimming strokes will be introduced. Other skills will include head-first entries, treading water, and rotary breathing.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Level 4 will build on Level 3 by adding additional swimming strokes and stroke mechanics. Head-first entries will be expanded upon and water safety topics will be introduced.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Children who have passed Level 4 will practice the proper form of the six strokes while incorporating flip turns, racing dives, and rotary breathing.

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Students will work on increasing their endurance in the water while introducing the incorporation of a pace clock, training techniques, and new water safety and survival skills.

Adult Aquatic Improvement
From beginners to those who wish to improve their stroke technique and endurance, this course is open to all adults.
At the beginning of the session, you will have a chance to discuss your goals with the instructor. Instruction and feedback will be tailored to the needs of each participant.
Maximum class size of six participants.

Children 5 years and older who are interested in learning about the sport of diving can register for our diving course. They will learn approaches, basic dives, and dive positions. There is a class maximum of 12 participants.

Lifeguard Training
The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course trains participants in the recognition of, prevention of, and care for aquatic emergencies. Skills include rescue breathing, CPR, AED use, spinal injury management, and first aid. Participants must be 15 years old by the last class, able to swim 300 yards continuously, and retrieve a 10 pound brick in 8 feet of water. A resuscitation mask is required for the class; one may be purchased on the first day of class.
Please indicate when you register if you need a mask.

Guard Start
Participants will learn the basic water safety and rescue skills that will help them to become certified lifeguards in the future. There is no certification for this course. Children must be at least 11 years old to register.

Water Safety Instructor Aide

Swim Instructor Aides will assist Water Safety instructors in conducting American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety courses.  This position is particularly available for candidates who do not meet the minimum age requirements for the Water Safety Instructor course but would like to further their water safety training.

Prerequisites include a minimum of 10 years of age, exhibit a strong sense of maturity and responsibility, and demonstrate all skills listed as completion requirements for Level IV of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program.  This is a volunteer position and will be made available to interested candidates during Session I, II and III. There is no course registration or fee.  Contact the Park Office for additional details.

To register for any classes online, please Click Here.
***To utilize the online registration, please use the e-mail address you provided to us as your account username, and click "FORGOT PASSWORD" If you have used the online registration system before, you can simply use the password you established in the past

2016 Season Dates

Synchronized Swimming
Swimmers who have passed Level 5 swimming lessons and can tread water for two minutes are invited to join the team. Practices will be 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. There will also be an end of season performance. More information will be available at the kick-off meeting. $50 per participant.
Kick-off Meeting
Friday, June 17, 2016 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 19 2016 6:30 pm
Friday, July 22, 2016  7:00 pm

Norbs Swim Team
Interested in competitive swimming? The Norbs swim team is a great place to start. Children will be grouped by age and will practice and compete with that age group. In order to be eligible, children must: be a full-time City resident by the first dual meet; be between 6 and 17 years old on June 1; be able to demonstrate a swimming ability equivalent to the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim requirements for Level 4 (for 8 & under) or for Level 5 (for 10 & under).

Practice Schedule
Team members will be able to practice in the afternoons Monday through Friday and in the mornings (once school is out for the summer) Monday through Saturday.

8 & Under

8:00 – 9:00 am, Monday – Saturday
4:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10 & Under
8:00 – 9:30 am, Monday – Saturday
4:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
11 & Up
9:30 – 11:00 am, Monday – Saturday
5:00 – 6:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Practice Begins
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 4:00 pm
Time Trials and Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Grosse Pointe Farms Dual Meet
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 5:30PM at Grosse Pointe Farms
Relay Meet
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10:00 am, at HOME
Grosse Pointe Woods Dual Meet and Sub Night
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 5:30PM, at HOME
Grosse Pointe Park Dual Meet
Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 5:30PM, at Grosse Pointe Park
Grosse Pointe Woods Mini-Meet
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 9:00 am, at Grosse Pointe Woods
Saint Clair Shores Dual Meet
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 2016, 5:30PM at St Clair Shores
Grosse Pointe Park Mini-Meet
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:00 am, at HOME
Grosse Pointe Shores Dual Meet and Coney/Talent Show Night
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 5:30PM, at HOME
Championship Meet Prelims
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, time TBD, at Grosse Pointe Park
Championship Meet Finals
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 5:30PM, at Grosse Pointe Park
Awards Banquet
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00PM
Team Trip to Turtle Cove Aquatic Center
Friday, July 29, 2016, 9:30AM

Pool Schedule
During open swim, the baby pool and main pool will be available for general use. The diving boards will be closed during diving lessons, synchronized swimming practice, and Norbs practice. Two lap lanes will be available for lap swim only. Empty lanes may be used by swimming lessons and the Norbs swim team. On weekdays when there are no swimming lessons, open swim will begin at 10:00 am.

Pool Closing Policy
The weather and other swimming conditions will be evaluated throughout the day by Department staff. The pools will be closed if any of the following conditions occur:
The presence of or the threat of inclement weather that is unsafe or undesirable for swimming; The daily high temperature is below 65°F and there is precipitation. If the pools close at 7:00 pm or later, they will remain closed for the remainder of the evening.

Schedule Changes
Saturday, June 18: Open swim begins at NOON.
Saturday, June 25: Open swim begins at NOON.
Wednesday June 29: Both pools close at 4:00PM.
Saturday July 16: Open swim begins at NOON
Tuesday July 19: Main pool closes at 6:00PM
Wednesday July 20: Both pools close at 4:00PM
Friday July 22: Both pools close at 6:30PM

Open Swim and Lap Swim
May 28 - June 16th 
OPEN SWIM                                                                                                                                                                                 
Monday-Thursday: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
LAP SWIM                                                                                                                                                                          
Monday – Friday: 6:00 – 10:00 am
Saturday: 6:00 – 8:00 am
Sunday: 8:00 – 10:00 am
June 17 – September 5
Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday – Saturday: 6:00 – 8:00 am
Sunday: 8:00 – 10:00 am
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
OPEN SWIM 10:00 am – 9:00 pm LAP SWIM 8:00 – 10:00 am
Independence Day Monday, July 4
OPEN SWIM 10:00 am – 9:00 pm LAP SWIM 8:00 – 10:00 am
Labor Day Monday, September 5
OPEN SWIM 10:00 am – 9:00 pm LAP SWIM 8:00 – 10:00 am