Knowing how to swim is an important skill to have, both for the safety and health benefits. For parents who want their children to know how to swim, it helps to start early with swimming lessons for toddlers. The younger your children are introduced to water, the more comfortable they are likely to be. Moreover, with many swimming classes for toddlers requiring parental participation, they are a great way for parents to spend time with children.
Here in Grand Rapids, there are a few different options for parents looking for swimming lessons for toddlers. They are all good choices and will help children to be safe and comfortable with water for the rest of their lives.
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids offers Parent/Child Lessons called SKIP for toddlers aged six to thirty-six months. According to the description, “Children will discover the fun of being in water, with the focus on being comfortable in the water while preparing to learn basic skills.” Sessions last for thirty minutes and parents accompany their children in the water. The classes are nice because they provide a great introduction to the YMCA’s offerings, which children can continue throughout their childhood all the way up to lifeguard training. The prices vary depending on the location, but they start at $25 for members of the YMCA and $50 for non-members. There are sessions at all the YMCA branches on multiple days of the week. You can view a complete schedule online and can sign up on the YMCA’s website at GRYMCA.ORG.
MVP Sportsplex – MVP Sportsplex in Grand Rapids-a private fitness club that is open to the public-offers two different swimming classes for toddlers. It has a “Tiny Tadpoles” class for children ages six to eighteen months that is aimed at getting children and parents to feel confident about being in the water. Parents and children will both be in the class and explores basic concepts (such as going under the water) and asking permission before entering the water. The “Tiny Tadpoles” class is Monday through Thursdays for thirty minutes each day.
MVP Sportsplex also offers a more advanced class called “Baby Guppies” for ages eighteen to thirty-six months. The swimming classes-which require parent participation-are held four times a week for thirty minutes each. The classes will start the process of teaching your children how to perform the front and back strokes, as well as helping them to explore submersion in rhythmic process.
Like the classes offered by the YWCA, these two swimming classes for toddlers teach basic skills and are designed to provide a foundation for future swim instruction.
You can register for classes by calling 616-254-8800.
East Hills Athletic Club – The East Hills Athletic Club-a private fitness club in Grand Rapids-offers swimming lessons for toddlers. Its “Parent/Child Combination” class is a swim class for both parents and children that will teach basic water safety techniques and skills. It uses songs and participatory activities to teach safety as well as skills such as kicking, bubble blowing, and assisted jumps into the pool. The classes go for twenty-five minutes and are available at multiple times, see the class schedule for more information. The lessons are open to members and non-members. Call 616-224-5444 for registration and current pricing.