Swimming Lessons (2018)

Basic information

  • Dates: Varies. Please see session description
  • Times: Varies
  • Cost: Varies
  • Location: Venema Aquatic Center Venema Aquatic Center (Map)
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Swimming Lessons

Swim lessons for boys and girls ages 5-18

Session A at 9:00am is FULL
Session A at 10:00am is FULL

Lessons are for children ages 5-18. Please use the following descriptions to determine the skill level that would be appropriate for your child.  Children with no swimming experience should be placed in Level I.  Children should be able to accomplish the skills described in Level I in order to be placed in Level II, and so on. We will spend a small portion of the first class testing those children whose parents are uncertain what skill level would be appropriate for their child, but most children will be pre-registered in a skill level; therefore, instruction can begin right away.  Some placement adjustments may be needed in the first few classes if parents have either over- or underestimated their child's ability.

Level I: Water Exploration
Level V: Stroke Refinement
submerge face, blow bubbles
beginning dive off board
supported float: back, front
breaststroke: 10 yds
enter/exit water independently
sidestroke:  10 yds
navigate comfortably at pool side
elementary backstroke: 25 yds
alternating arms action supported
fly kick
kicking: front, back , basic safety
front, back crawl (50 yds each)
tread water using 2 kicks; 2 min.
Level II: Primary Skills
familiarity with spinal injuries
hold breath, retrieve objects
unsupported float: back, front
Level VI: Skill Proficiency
rhythmic breathing
diving board approach skills
jump into shallow end unassisted
front, back crawl: 100 yds each
flutter kick: front, back
breaststroke: 25 yds
back flutter kick with some arm action:  5 yds
sidestroke: 25 yds
basic safety
butterfly: 10 yds
approach stroke: 25 yds
Level III: Stroke Readiness
breast, sidestroke turns
retrieve objects, eyes open
surface dives
bobbing, complete submersion
flip turns
jump into deep water
treading water: 3 min.
dive from side of pool
throwing
prone & supine glide
spinal injuries
back, front crawl: 10 yds each (w/ breathing)
elementary back kick
Level VII: Advanced Skills
basic safety
front dive off board
front crawl: 200 yds
Level IV: Stroke Development
swimming under water: 15 yds
elementary back: 10 yds
back crawl: 100 yds
sculling
breast, sidestroke: 50 yds
front crawl: 25 yds
butterfly: 25 yds
back crawl: 25 yds
backstroke flip turn
breaststroke, kick
conditioning principles
sidestroke kick
tread water: 5 min.
tread water: 2 minutes
assist with backboard rescue
rescue breathing
basic safety

Session information

SESSION A

9:00am Lessons are FULL

Levels I-IV Only

Dates: Wednesday through Tuesday, (2 weeks), June 13-26, 10 lessons

Times: 9:00am, 10:00am or 11:00am

Cost: $80.00 ($40 deposit required with registration)

SESSION B

Levels I-IV Only

Dates: Wed.-Tues., Mon.-Fri.. (2 weeks), June 27-July 3 & July 9-13, 10 lessons - No lessons Wed., July 4 - Fri., July 6

Times: 9:00am, 10:00am or 11:00am

Cost: $80.00 ($40 deposit required with registration)

SESSION C

Levels I-IV Only

Dates: Mon. thru Fri. (2 weeks), July 16-27, 10 lessons

Times: 9:00am, 10:00am or 11:00am

Cost: $80.00 ($40 deposit required with registration)

SESSION D

Levels I-IV Only

Dates: Mon. thru Fri. (2 weeks), July 30 - August 10, 10 lessons

Times: 9:00am, 10:00am, or 11:00am

Cost: $80.00 ($40 deposit required with registration)

SESSION E

Levels IV-VII Only

Dates: Mon.- Thurs. (2 weeks), June 18 - 28, 8 lessons

Time: 1:00pm

Cost: $70.00 ($35 deposit required with registration)

SESSION F

Levels IV-VII Only

Dates: Mon. - Thurs. (2 weeks), July 9-19, 8 lessons 

Time: 1:00pm

Cost: $70.00 ($35 deposit required with registration)

SESSION G

Levels IV-VII Only

Dates: Mon.-Thurs. (2 weeks), July 23 - August 2, 8 lessons

Time: 1:00pm

Cost: $70.00 ($35 deposit required with registration)

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Registration details

Camp Registration & Payments

ONLINE registration will be available Monday, April 2, 2018, at 9:00am EDT.  At this site, you may only pay electronically and the full payment is due with registration.

MAIL IN registration will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018.  Any registrations postmarked prior to Friday, March 30, 2018, will go the end of the week’s registrations and will not be processed until Monday, April 9. 

If you wish to register by mail-in registration, payments may only be made by check.  No credit cards are accepted.

Registration for camps that start on a Monday closes at 3:00pm on the Friday PRIOR to the start of the camp. For those camps not beginning on a Monday, registration closes at 3:00pm, 2 days prior to the start.

PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO CALVIN COLLEGE (SPECIFIC CAMP)

Please make a separate check for EACH camp
(ex.: Calvin College Swimming, Calvin College Soccer, etc.).

Mail to: Kinesiology Department, Calvin College, 3195 Knight Way SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4406

ALL BALANCES ARE DUE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP.

Walk-in registrations will not be accepted until Monday, April 9, 2018.  Payments may be made by check or cash (exact change) ONLY.  Credit cards are not accepted in person.

First day of camp drop in registrations are subject to availability and at the discretion of the coach.  Drop-ins MAY be charged a late fee (these will be listed in the brochure) but ALL will be charged the online registration fee. Payments may be made by check or cash (exact change) ONLY.  Credit cards are not accepted in person.

Walk-in registrations will not be accepted until Monday, April 9, 2018.  Payments may be made by check or cash (exact change) ONLY.  Credit cards are not accepted in person.

Deposits/refund policy

There will be NO REFUNDS/TRANSFERS once your session of camp has begun.

There will be NO FULL refunds after Friday, June 15, 2018, regardless of date of registration.

Registration convenience fees from online registrations are non-refundable.

If you transfer your child’s camp after registering, regardless of whether it is before or after Friday, June 15, 2018, you will be charged the online fee for registration as this is considered a separate registration by the registration service.

DEPOSITS, as indicated in the brochure, WILL NOT be refunded, transferred to another camp/section/time slot or transferred to another child after Friday, June 15, 2018, regardless of date of registration.

Location details

Swimmers will meet on the pool deck the first day of lessons. Please enter the Venema Aquatic Center through the Family locker room (men’s & women’s locker rooms are available for use from the pool deck) on the lower level of the Hoogenboom Health & Recreation Center.
  • Calvin College, Venema Aquatic Center Venema Aquatic Center | Map
  • 3195 Knight Way SE
  • Grand Rapids
  • Michigan, 49546-4402
  • USA
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